Hi everyone, it's Becca here. I LOVE color. How are you? (Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?!)
Today's post isn't so much about color, but rather well... you know... Sizzix! Personally, the triangle dies make Sizzix worth the money because of the amount of time saved in trimming. I just don't have to trim my block pieces. It seriously saves me hours!
One of my favorite quilt blocks is the Flying Geese block. I've made several Flying Geese blocks in my day, and let me tell you there are numerous ways to make Flying Geese blocks. And they are all a pain. Mostly.
Today, I'm going to show you how to make Flying Geese blocks easily using Sizzix die cut pieces. There's nothing revolutionary here, just the ease of piecing Flying Geese blocks with the die cut pieces.
For my geese I'm using: Sizzix Bigz L Die - Triangles, 2 1/2" H x 4 1/2" W Unfinished
For the background triangles I'm using: Sizzix Bigz Die - Half-Square Triangles, 2 1/2" Assembled Square
And I'll be using my Fabi.
Choose your fabric. It would be great if you had scraps you wanted to use, but I couldn't resist using my latest fabric pull. I mean look at this lusciousness!
With a large scrap of fabric (about 4'' x 6''), make your Sizzix sandwich - cutting pad, die with blades up, fabric, and cutting pad. Then run it through the Sizzix die cutter. I'm using a Fabi for this little project.
It's so easy. See how the triangles have blunted tips or corners? That means no trimming! Personally that saves me at least 1 hour in trimming, but I'm a slow worker.
Cut at least 18 "geese" and 36 background triangles.
Making Flying Geese blocks is super easy with the Sizzix cut pieces. Start by sewing the left background triangle to each "goose".
It's easy because you can just line up the pieces. No finding the match points or extra cutting or trimming involved.
Now finish up each geese by adding the second background triangle to the right side. And press.
You can see that I don't have any dog ears (extra fabric) sticking out. I've laid out my yellow geese so you can see how similar in size they are. There's no trimming necessary. Trimming is one of my least favorite things you are *supposed* to do in quilting.
Going with the theme... I like simple. So I didn't trim mine.
Now, you are going to sew the Flying Geese blocks together into rows. 3 rows each with 6 geese. Press the rows in alternating directions.
Next, sew the rows together. Press.
Add 2 1/2'' borders if you like. Then quilt as desired.
I used my favorite, cross hatch quilting.
I made mine into a pillow by using an envelope enclosure and a pretty binding. I love binding on pillows.
And that's that.
Thank you for reading!!
Other Materials Used:
1/4 yard background
2 strips 2 1/2'' x Width of Fabric for border
1/2 yard for backing
20'' square batting
1/4 yard for binding