Along with my Triangle Square Up ruler I’d have to say that the Flying Geese Rulers from Quilt In A Day are also among my favorite rulers. What’s really great about these is the clever way the Flying Geese Unit is sewn together so that there is always a perfect ¼” and there is no danger of chopping off any points. This ruler comes in three sizes: Large ( makes both 2”x4” and 4”x8”) Small (makes both 1.5”x3” and 3”x6”) and the Mini set (makes ¾” x 1 ½”, 1 ½” x 3”, 1” x 2” and 2”x 4”). I love these rulers and use them whenever I need to make a Flying Goose for a block (my husband would roll his eyes if he read that)
Here’s a little tutorial on how to use one of these rulers. Since tomorrow I will be having a tutorial on making the block Memory I’m going to give sizes for making both a 2” x 4” block (and a 1.5” x 3” block).
To start out with cut a 7” (6” for smaller goose) square of the fabric you want for the points(small corner triangles). From the fabric you want as the goose (large triangle) cut a 5 ½” square (4 ½” square). Center the smaller square in the larger square with the right sides together.
Draw a line along one of the diagonals as shown.
Sew ¼” on both sides of this line and cut along the line when you are done.
Press seam toward the larger triangle. This can be a bit tricky but make sure the larger triangle is pressed all the way to the corners as shown.
Now with the right sides together line these two squares up. The seams will not be in the same place.
Draw another line along the diagonal as shown.
Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of this line.
Cut the unit apart along this line. Also make a small cut in the seam allowance between both the other seams as shown.
Press the unit so that the larger triangles are flat as shown. You will have two of these units.
Now you will use your ruler to trim away the excess fabric. Line the large triangle of the ruler up with the larger triangle of you fabric and cut along the top and right side.
Flip the unit over and line the green diagonal line up with the edge of the fabric triangle as shown. Trim along the top and right side. Repeat for the other three geese.
Check back tomorrow for direction on how to make the star block, Memory and a chance to win your very own Flying Geese Ruler!