November 2006

November 2006 Block

Flock of Geese

Tips & Hints

For November we're going to do the Flock of Geese block. The block will be done with a autumn colored triangles for the geese and Kona Snow for the background. Since we just did leaf prints last month, these should not be leaf prints, but any other autumn colored prints are okay. You will be making three blocks for October. I used one fabric with the background in my sample block, but if you think it would look better with more fabrics, go for it.

Cutting directions for ONE block is below:

15 1/2" x 5 1/2"Autumn Print
15 1/2" x 5 1/2"Kona Snow
43 1/4" x 3 1/4"Autumn Print
43 1/4" x 3 1/4"Kona Snow

Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of the 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Kona Snow square. Place it right sides together with an autumn print square. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line. Cut along the line. Press away from the Kona Snow triangle. Trim to 5" x 5". You will have a total of two of these half-square triangle units for each block. Repeat with the 3 1/4" Kona Snow and autum print squares. Trim to 2 3/4" x 2 3/4". You will have a total of eight of these half-square triangle units.

Sew two small half-square triangle units together. See block graphic above placement. The print triangle will always be in the same orientation, the upper left hand corner in this case. Press this seam open or to one side if you prefer. Repeat three more times for a total of four of these units. Join pairs of the previous units, taking care to match the seams and points. I like to pinch the seam with my fingernails and check on the right side to see if the seams and points are lining up. When they are, I will pin the seam. I also like to sew this area with a longer stitch first so it will be easier to pick out if necessary. When everything matches, I will sew over the first stitching with the regular length stitches. It is not necessary to sew the whole seam with longer stitches, just the area in the middle where the two seams meet. If the points do not meet, try a slightly deeper seam. If they are cut off, your seam is too wide. If they don't match up after two tries, don't stress. It's close enough. Press the seams open or to one side. If there are equal numbers of seams on both sides, I like to press the seam open. It just seems to work better that way.

Join a large half-square triangle unit to a unit of four smaller half-square triangle units, matching the placement in the block graphic above. The large unit is on the left in the first row and on the right in the second row. Press toward the large half-square triangle unit. Join the two rows together, matching the seam. I pressed this seam towards the large half-square triangle units by clipping the seam once, near the center seam. If you do clip, take care to not clip your stitching.

Repeat for a total of three blocks. The blocks are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo).

November 2006 Quilt