Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 2

Good morning Scrappers!

Welcome to week 2! This week we have some fun with flying geese and some fun settings in two different block options. We're also going to have a video on using a partial seam and a free motion idea for quilting one of your projects!

Cutting for One 16" block:

Cut 6 squares of your chosen color 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"

Cut 8 squares of your chosen color 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"

Cut 2 squares of your background 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"

Cut 24 squares of your background 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"

We are going to be making Flying Geese using the 4 at a time method. These will finish 2" x 4". Now if you have made this version of Flying Geese before, you already know what to do with all of the squares in the cut list, but if you haven't, we're going to walk through the process together.

Ok, quick confession. I made pillows for our couch when my husband and I were first out of undergrad which was 20 years ago and bought our first living room set. We have those same aged pillows on our couch today (different couch thank goodness). Last fall my husband mentioned for the umpteenth time that our pillows were looking a little run down. Trust me friends, he's being kind. They look awful. So I promised to turn at least one of the Summer Scrap Elimination projects into something that would result in new couch pillows to go with the couch we just bought in December.

I had a large piece of left over grey from a quilt back, a lot of navy (also from a quilt back), and a few pieces of a pretty reddish fabric and that's where this week's projects come from.

Making Flying Geese 4 at a time

Step 1: Cut the necessary squares of color and background. The larger square will be the "goose" and the smaller squares will be the wings. For this block, 8 of the Geese will be in the background color and 24 of the Geese will be in the focal color.

Step 2. Layer two of the smaller squares on

top of one of the large squares, overlapping the corners of the smaller squares just a little as you see in the adjacent image.

Step 3. Draw a diagonal line across both layered small squares from corner to corner.

Step 4. Stitch 1/4" on either side of the drawn

line and then cut apart on the drawn line.

If you use a seam guide like I do and you trust yourself to deal with a bias seam, you can skip drawing the line and just cut as shown here.