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.