This week's block uses another traditional quilting piece - the Flying Geese block. These are then arranged to give a zigzag shape when made up in the right combination of fabrics. Here's the finished block:
The full directions on how to piece this block can be downloaded here: Download 10 Flying Geese ZigZags Read on for photos of how the block is created.
- 2 squares (5.75" x 5.75") in two contrasting fabrics - can be print or plain
- 8 squares (3 1/8" x 3 1/8") of which there are 4 in each of the same two prints as before (I found that as I was using FQs, I could naturally cut 6 small squares of each fabric from a strip. If you do this, then the 4 spare squares - 2 in each colour - will be used in my block 14 design, so put them to one side...)
- 2 border rectangles (2.5" x 10") deliberately larger than needed
- 2 border rectangles (2.5" x 13") deliberately larger than needed
Draw a diagonal across the wrong side of each of the small squares.
Place two small squares on top of one larger square, in the opposite fabric, with right sides together as shown in the following picture. Trim the corner of the two small squares where they overlap. Pin them down securely.
Sew a quarter inch seam along each side of the diagonal line.
Fold the small squares up against the sewn seams and pin them out of the way. Then place another two small squares on top of the large piece, trim the corners as before, and make sure that the diagonal goes from the top to the bottom corner of the larger square.
Pin securely, and sew a quarter inch seam on each side of the second diagonal line. Then carefully cut along the diagonal line.
Remove the pins and then cut along the original diagonal line to make 4 pieces from the large square.
Now open up the pieces to reveal the Flying Geese blocks.
Repeat the process with the remaining fabric and press all of the blocks open.
Trim off the "dog ears" and any wonkiness, and arrange the blocks according to the following picture, to create the zigzag shape:
Sew the blocks into two strips of 4, and then sew these two rectangles together to create the finished centre of the block.
Add borders as before, and there you have another finished block for the pile!
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