I made four geese following the directions in Gwen's books: 2-2.5" squares, 1-4.5" by 2.5" rectangle.
To 'save' the extra triangles I sewed them down too before cutting off from the goose. The results are an odd size and would need to be trimmed up. I think using a smaller seam would give a results with a better size.
I also experimented with cutting one of the geese in half and trimming to get two HST - this is a lot of work - I don't like this method for getting HST. And I think it's to much work to get one goose block - I like the way I've been doing it better - two cuts and get two geese!
|One seam geese by other attendee.|
- Sophie's four geese at one time - each with the same color arrangement
- One seam method by Ricky Tims The other woman attending the workshop zipped up her geese in a flash she said with that method - I forgot to try that method out.....
- Michelle's Liberated Flying Geese Tutorial A very liberated way that I will try soon!
|My Way Geese - Freehand|
|Original My Way Geese - Directions|
I like this way as I always have enough seam so I would not loose the points, and there is enough side fabric that I could more the triangle around.
Note: The way I originally did the cuts ended up with triangles that were different sized and shaped - very wonky... (and pleasing to me!)
Since my other parts for the workshop are not done in a wonky fashion though I thought I should try again - but this time use a ruler so the shapes would be consistent and in the center of the fabric.....
|My Way Geese done with ruler.|
I meant to take notes, but forgot to. I think I started with 6 inches by 3 or 2.5 inches.
I just eyeballed the center of the fabric, but used the ruler to cut the triangle. The first cut I went beyond the ruler to the edge of the fabric.
When was sewing I matched the edges of the fabric for the first seam - but for the second seam I pulled the side piece up so when the seam start the fabric would be at least 1/4 inch.
I like the way these look - need to move the ruler down to be sure I have 1/4 inch at the top all the time - and perhaps 5.5 would be better width as I don't need so much fabric at the side of the block. But since I didn't write down the measurements I started with I really can't say. Arranged this way would be an interesting design to put at the edge or sashing of a quilt.... Could make two with the same arrangement for the the geese and then it would be a square on point - could be very dramatic!
I decided to try again using 2.5 by 4.5 fabric....
|My Way Geese with ruler and traditional size.|
It's fun to have a variety of geese though - don't this look neat? In fact, I think I will skip making HST for the workshop and instead try to make a bunch of these - they would perhaps make neat sawtooth variation!
|Assorted geese lined up.|
|Geese arranged for sawtooth replacement.|
|Geese as a design|
|Geese arranged for sawtooth edge|
It's been awhile since I first played with my liberated geese - but I was very pleased with the method. Used in my LibRR but gave the rest of the geese away to a BlockLotto lady who was ill. The first time I made a batch using the BlockLotto directions there were so much wasted fabric I didn't like making them that way at all.