Highlights February 6 2021

Ultimate Flying Geese Trim Tool from Creative Grids

I love this block, but it is frustrating when I cut off my points, or they don’t come to the seam. I’m not a perfectionist, but I love an easy way to have my project look like I am.

You probably can’t read the lines on the ruler, but in the upper left corner you will find the finished measurements for various common sizes of flying geese blocks. Each one is assigned a letter. For example the 2″ x 4″ finished block is assigned the letter “D” . It shows to cut one square 5 3/4″ and 4 squares 3 1/4″. This will create 4 flying geese blocks.

Cut the large square on the diagonal in both directions. This is the goose.

Cut the small squares on the diagonal in one direction. These are the background.

Sew a background triangle to the goose triangle, keeping the bottom edges even. Use 1/4″ seam.

Finger press the seam open and then use the iron to press it flat.

This shows the back of the block after the second side is stitched on and the seam is pressed open

Lay the trim tool over your block, lining up the letter your finished size was assigned at the point. My letter was “D”. The lines from “D” extend down the seamline of my block. The words “Trim #1” are in the upper right corner.

Use your rotary cutter to trim along the right hand side of the ruler and the top of the ruler.

Turn your block 180 degrees and your ruler 180 degrees. You will see the “Trim #2” in the upper right corner of the ruler. You block points down and you line your assigned letter “D” at the point of the block.

You will see that the 2″ x 4″ which was my finished size has a mark that you line up with the cut edges.

Your finished block will have the exact 1/4″ seam allowance needed at the top so your points will never be cut off.

By pressing the seams open, you will eliminate the bulk when sewing blocks together.

Love it!! You can also visit the Creative Grids website to see a “live” demo or stop by the shop and we will be glad to show you.

You will love using this ruler to make your flying geese come out just about perfect.

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Highlights February 6 2021

Our newest Robert Kaufman batiks

We have been buying fabric from Robert Kaufman for all of our 43 years in business. Their quality has always been among the best available. It’s the same for their batiks. They are not as stiff as some batiks we run across.

Don’t forget those background pieces that have interesting texture and a touch of color to compliment the beautiful chops.

If you want to see the 99 Robert Kaufman batiks we currently have in stock, check them out at: Robert Kaufman Batiks

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Highlights February 6 2021

Dance Moves by Kati Pasquini Masopust for Free Sprit fabrics.

Sometimes you just need some great fabric. Not sure what you will do with it, but know you should have some. This little line called Dance Moves really fits that bill. The don’t even coordinate….just some great pieces! I, of course, love the green one.

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Highlights February 6 2021

Hoffman Batiks have arrived

It’s always exciting to open boxes of Hoffman batiks and be surrounded with new bolts of beautiful batiks. Hoffman was the first company to bring batiks to the quilting world and they are still one of the leaders. We are excited to share our new ones with you.

When working with batiks you always need those support players that make the others shine. Hoffman does some of the best blenders. The subtle stripes, bubbles, geometrics and seeds make such interesting pieces.

Lights backgrounds are always sought after. Flat backgrounds just aren’t very appealing when using batiks. These great new chops make even the background interesting. Check out our newest backgrounds.

If you would like to wander thru the 290 Hoffman batiks on our website, you can do just that by visiting Hoffman Batiks.

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