|Decent wig, eh? (Save the ragged bangs.) Add in a very thick Russian accent, red lipstick and gold lame and you get the picture... "Ah, pleh-zure to meet you, Meester Bond."|
If you've spent any time reading this blog, then you know I love scraps and hate wasting even the tiniest of pieces when they can become something else. Flying geese blocks have potential for a lot of waste. However, if you take a little bit of time (which is negligible if you're already marking lines), you can actually have the scraps sewn together before you even trim your geese.
This method only works if you're using squares and rectangles to build your geese. If you're using triangles, you've got different scraps entirely and will have to find other scrap-saving tips. :-)
Flying Geese Scrap Saver Tip:
Step 1) When marking your diagonal sewing line on your square, draw a second line 1/2" away from the first.
Step 3) Chain piece: Sew along the first line to make your flying geese block. Turn your chain of geese around.
Step 4) Chain piece: Sew along second pencil line.
Step 5) Trim/cut your flying geese blocks between the pencil lines - 1/4" from each - to separate the block from the scrap.
|It's tidier if you use a rotary cutter but scissors work, too.|
Step 6) Viola! You have both a flying geese block and a bonus half-square triangle ready to square up for use in another project.
|For the record, on HSTs I recommend pressing seams open but as this was the ONLY one I pressed that day, I went with the quick press-to-the-side. Geese I always press towards the outside.|
The size of the half-square block will truly depend on the size of your flying geese but a reliable estimate is subtract 1" from the short side measurement of the geese block for your HST. For example: my geese block unfinished is 2.5" and the HST trims to 1.5". Obviously it's small but if you're geese are larger, so are your HSTs. The Swoon has 3.5" flying geese and my HSTs trimmed to 2.5"... Regardless, they are already sewn and you don't have to mess with bias-cut tiny scraps. Yay!!
Okay, off to return back emails and race out for batting. I foresee many sore safety pin-poked fingers in my near future....