It is our most favorite day of the week – Wednesday – we finished putting away Christmas this morning, the house looks bare, but we will get used to it again. You probably did this a week ago, but I enjoy the season and it is sad to put it away. So much for another year.
This weeks question – Do we have any exciting plans or adventures on our calendar for 2018. Nothing on the calendar yet, but we are talking about it, that is where it starts, right? So many places, so little time. I think this is a non-answer because nothing is truly planned or booked, lots of ideas though, any of which will require handwork prep time for the road trip. The one things we have decided is, this is our year for road trips, no flying, that works for me.
This weeks Block 45 is mine, Double Dutch. I’m a bit smitten with Flying Geese of any size, so this was an easy choice. I’m also sold on the no-waste method for Flying Geese, which I’ll show below. Shhhh, I’m not a fan of flippy corners, guess I haven’t mastered them yet. You will have choices this week.
Here is the link to the provided block directions: http://unitednotions.com/Block45JM_DoubleDutch.pdf
This is what I cut for the no-waste FG, and the HST units:
For the (4) larger Flying Geese cut:
(1) – 4 1/4″ square from a dark print for the ‘goose’
(4) – 2 3/8″ squares from a medium print for the triangles or sky.
There are 2 sets of small Flying Geese, for each set cut:
(1) -2 3/4″ square from a dark print for the ‘goose’
(4) – 1 5/8″ squares from the background print for the sky.
Cut (2) – 2 3/8″ squares from the background print for the HST (or cut 2 1/2″ for a little extra for squaring up)
Cut (2) – 2 3/8″ squares from a dark print for the HST (or cut 2 1/2″ for a little extra for squaring up)
To Make the large Flying Geese, take the large dark square, position (2) of the smaller light squares on opposite corners, right sides together, draw a diagonal line, then sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance (remember scant is just a thread or two less than a full 1/4″ seam) on both sides of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line, carefully press the seam toward the small triangles.
Place the remaining smaller squares atop the large triangle, with the drawn line toward the center, sew on both sides of the drawn line with a scant 1/4″ seam. Cut apart on the line, press toward the small triangle. Square the (4) large Flying Geese to measure 2″ x 3 1/2″.
Large Flying Geese
I used my 1 1/2″ x 3″ Bloc_Loc Flying Geese ruler to square of the units. The 1.5″ x 3″ is the finished size, the units measure 2″ x 3.5″ with the seam allowance.
Take the (2) – 2 3/8″ squares of both the light and dark fabrics from the pattern directions, a light to a dark, right sides together, draw a diagonal line, sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance on both sides of the line. Cut apart, carefully press toward the dark fabric. Square up to measure 2″ x 2″, as they will finish at 1.5″ x 1.5″ when sewn into the block. (You could cut the squares 2.5″ just in case, depends on your quarter inch sewing)
I used my 4.5″ Olfa ruler to square up the HST to 2″. And I also own a 4.5″ HST Square Up Ruler by Block_Loc, but seems I grabbled the Olfa this time.
squaring up HST
Repeat to sew the (2) smaller sets of Flying Geese, which I squared up with my .75″ x 1.5″ Bloc_Loc Flying Geese ruler. With seam allowance these will measure 1.25″ x 2″
smaller Flying Geese, squared up with the .75″ x 1.5″ Bloc Loc ruler
Arrange all your pieces to make the block, I then sewed to make quadrants:
sew to make quadrants
Pressing my quadrants:
Pressing my quadrants
Next arrange your quadrants to form the block, sew into halves, press the seams open, next pin and sew to join the halves, press the seam open. Square or trim to measure 6.5″ x 6.5″.
Block 45, pressing
My finished Block 45!
Be sure and check our friends Blogs to see what they did with this block:
Lynne Hagmeier – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
Jan Patek – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Betsy Chutchian – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/
Moda Carrie – http://blog.modafabrics.com/
Finally the link to the Permanent Page: http://blog.modafabrics.com/blockheads/
We are winding down, it has certainly been a great journey with all of you, soon we will have fun watching your quilts come together!
Best Wishes for 2018 with lots of hours of fun and Happy Sewing times!