Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Flying Geese Get Their Stripes

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday I made several blocks that I am calling Midnight Sun for the Alaskan Cruise Quilt. There is a subtle stripe in the fabric, and I have to have all of my stripes marching to the same drummer in my quilts.

This is how I make my Flying Geese and get those stripes to line up.  I begin with the center of my goose and four squares.

I place the little squares on top of the big one, and yes, the squares need to overlap.  Notice the major stripes are all going in the same direction.

I use a 1/4" Omnigrid ruler, and mark on each side of the ruler with a Frixion pen.

Then I stitch directly on the lines.

 Then cut between the lines.

Press toward the small squares.

Place the other squares on the units.  The square that I just put on, looks like it is totally incorrect, but it isn't.

Flip the square over and notice the major stripes are in the correct orientation.

 See, both sides are lined up.

Stitch on the lines.

Cut them apart.

I have two geese where the major lines are running horizontally, and two geese have the major lines running vertically.

I trim them with a Bloc Loc ruler.....the best tool in my toolbox!

Then I can place the geese around the center section, and everyone is playing nicely and heading in the same direction.

This would drive me crazy!  Just be careful with the placement and you are good to go.

The extra attention to detail makes the difference in a good block and a great block.  Maybe no one would notice......but I do! 

More 'suns' are all cut and ready to be made today.  I'm afraid if I don't get this quilt done, the ship is going to leave the port without me and my quilt!  Full steam ahead today.



  1. Sung to the tune of "Tradition" from "Fiddler on the Roof": DIRECTION !!!!! Thank you for the tips, Lynn - these pics just nail it!

  2. Gorgeous blocks! I love seeing how people make their geese.

  3. Great tip on keeping the geese in perfect order. I love the fabrics you used in this block. The non-sun fabrics remind me of the aurora borealis!

  4. What a sweet block. Thanks for your excellent tips!