Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL Tutorial: Flying Geese Pinwheel Block

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Welcome to the next block in the Sew. Happy. Quilt. Sampler Quilt Along! Today’s block isn’t very hard – I promise! No bias exposed, no triangles. Just squares and rectangles.

 You’ll need 4 fabrics for this block, and here are the measurements:

  • {4x} 3.5″ x 3.5″ which will be your little pinwheel (mine are aqua)
  • {12x} 3.5″ x 3.5″ which will be your other ‘wings’ (mine are white)
  • {4x} 3.5″ x 6.5″ for your large pinwheel (mine are orange)
  • {4x} 3.5″ 6.5″ for your other geese (mine are grey)

First things first: With a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the back of ALL of your 3.5″ x 3.5″ squares. Then, because it always helps to lay things out, take your 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles and lay them out as shown above. Take your 4 little pinwheel squares and arrange them so the lines make an X – like in the picture.

If you’re really paranoid, you can test your layout by folding the squares over where you are planning to sew them just to make sure they’re all going the right way. Hint: You’ll be pressing them toward the outside edges of the block.

Then sew along those 4 lines. You can chain stitch these. After you’ve stitched the squares down, you can trim. I’ve only trimmed one edge here, but you can trim both edges if you’d like. (I leave mine in because I’m weird and it helps me sew more accurately.)

Now you’ll be adding the 12 other squares to all the corners. Once you get side done you MUST press and trim before moving on to the other side! Then you’ll overlap the centre with the next square, making sure that your pencil line is in the right direction, as shown above. Sew those squares, press and trim.

Here it is with all the squares attached, ready to be put together. Now you just need to sew them in blocks of two, and sew them into a square. SEAMS: I pressed to the outside, not open, when joining them to each other.

Here they are joined in blocks of 2 flying geese units.

Now you need to join them together as shown above.

And your block is complete! Well done!

Here’s the back of mine because I’m weird and happy to declare it. You can trim those if you want!

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8 Responses to Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL Tutorial: Flying Geese Pinwheel Block

  1. Kelsey says:

    Can’t wait to get home and make mine!

  2. I will be working on this later in the week :)

  3. lisaleh says:

    Oh fun! I just made one of these for a sampler quilt I’m working on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73958668@N00/6778901487/in/photostream.

    Happy to make a second though :)

  4. Those look perfect!

    Thank you for explaining the order of piecing.

  5. Mrs.Pickles says:

    I can’t wait to try this one!!

  6. Katy says:

    Geez, were you eavesdropping on me a couple of days ago when I said I hadn’t tackled a flying goose yet?! Oh well, another new thing tackled

  7. CeLynn says:

    I am excited to try this one,I just Love geese blocks!

  8. mammafairy says:

    May I pin this?
    I love your aqua and orange fabrics!

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