SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- 9 different Creating New Traditions prints:
1 fat quarter of each fabric for the flying geese blocks
- Gray on white Creating New Traditions print:
8 yards for background, backing & binding*
*If desired, different fabrics may be used for the backing & binding. The backing requires 4 yards, the binding requires 3/4 yards and the background requires 3-1/4 yards.
- Batting, full size
- Basic sewing supplies
- Sewing machine
- Sewing thread to match fabrics
- Quilting thread
- Rotary cutter, mat & ruler
- 12-1/2" square acrylic ruler
- 1" quilt basting safety pins
Finished Dimension 57-1/2"x65-1/2"
- Sew all seams right sides together with 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
- Follow steps 3 through 10 to cut the fabric.
- From each of the nine different ‘geese’ prints, cut two 9-1/4"x9-1/4" squares for a total of eighteen squares.
- From the gray on white background fabric, cut two pieces 70" x WOF for the backing. Trim off the selvedges.
- From one of the just-cut backing pieces, cut lengthwise four 1"x70" strips for the narrow borders.
- From the gray on white background fabric, cut 72 - 5"x5" squares for the flying geese blocks.
- From the gray on white background fabric, cut eight 8-1/2"x8-1/2" squares for spacers.
- From the gray on white background fabric, cut six 8-1/2"x10-1/2" rectangles for spacers.
- From the gray on white background fabric, cut three 8-1/2"x12-1/2" rectangles for spacers.
- From the gray on white background fabric, cut eight 2-1/2" x WOF strips for the binding. Trim off the selvedges.
- Follow steps 12 through 17 to make the flying geese blocks using the quick piecing method.
- Use a pencil to draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of all of the 5"x5" background fabric squares.
- Choose one of the 9-1/4" squares of ‘geese’ prints. Place two 5" background squares on diagonally opposite corners of the ‘geese’ square, right sides together. Slide the background squares away from the edges of the ‘geese’ square just a tiny bit, ensuring they do not extend beyond the edge. The 5" squares will overlap in the center and the drawn diagonal lines will line up. Pin in place and stitch a scant 1/4" on each side of the drawn diagonal lines. Cut the square on the drawn line to create two new pieces. Press the seams towards the background fabric.
- Place one 5" background square on the corner of one of the new pieces, right sides together. Slide the background square away from the edges of the ‘geese’ square just a tiny bit, ensuring it does not extend beyond the edge. The drawn diagonal line should extend from the corner to the center of the new triangle piece. Pin in place and stitch a scant 1/4" on each side of the drawn diagonal line. Cut on the drawn line. Press the seams towards the background fabric.
- Square up the block to 4-1/2"x8-1/2", making sure the point of the middle triangle stays centered and there is a 1/4" seam allowance beyond the center point. This completes two flying geese blocks.
- Repeat steps 14 and 15 with the second piece, which will yield two more flying geese.
- Repeat steps 13 through 16 using the rest of the 9-1/4" ‘geese’ squares and the 5" background squares. When finished, there will be 72 flying geese blocks that measure 4-1/2"x8-1/2".
- Follow steps 19 through 23 to construct the quilt. To print the patterns, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above).
- On a large design space, lay out the flying geese blocks and the background spacer pieces in seven columns as shown in the quilt diagram. To print the quilt diagram, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above).
- Columns 1, 3, 5, and 7 consist of three sets of four flying geese blocks pointing downward, alternating with two 8-1/2"x8-1/2" background squares.
- Columns 2, 4, and 6 consist of two sets of four flying geese blocks pointing upward, two 8-1/2"x10-1/2" background rectangles-one on each end- and one 8-1/2"x12-1/2" background rectangle in the center.
- Sew the units in each column together. The columns should measure 8-1/2"x64-1/2" when sewn together.
- Sew the columns to each other. At this point, the quilt should measure 56-1/2"x64-1/2".
- Measure the width of the quilt across the center. Trim two 1" border strips to this measurement for the top and bottom borders. Sew the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press the seams towards the borders.
- Measure the length of the quilt across the center. Trim two 1" border strips to this measurement for the side borders. Sew the borders to the sides of the quilt. Press the seams towards the borders.
- Follow steps 25 through 29 for quilting.
- Sew the two backing pieces together. Press the seam to one side. Tip: Avoid having a center seam by cutting one backing piece in half and sewing each half to the left and right side of the second backing piece.
- On a flat surface, layer the backing fabric right side down, then the batting, and then the quilt top right side up.
- Baste the quilt every three to four inches with 1" quilt basting safety pins.
- Quilt as desired.
- After quilting, baste stitch 1/8" around the outside edges of the quilt to keep the layers together.
- Follow steps 31 through 35 for the binding.
- Stitch the 2-1/2" binding strips together end to end with diagonal seams. Press the seams open.
- Fold and press the binding in half along the length to make double fold binding.
- Sew the binding to the quilt front along the quilt edge by machine using a 3/8" seam allowance.
- Trim the edges of the batting and backing even with the binding seam allowance.
- Flip the binding to the back and hand stitch in place using a slip stitch.
- Make a label with name and date and sew it onto the back of the quilt.