A Ribbon Runs Through It BLOCK #1

Hello Everyone,

This is the beginning of the tutorials for the Block of the Month for Marcus Fabrics called  ARRTI - A Ribbon Runs Through It.  You will be able to access the tutorials at anytime.  I'll be posting hints throughout the entire duration of the 10-month program.

I want you to be successful, and this tutorial, and links to my online videos should help you achieve that success while making this heirloom quilt.

In this tutorial I will not be mentioning the size of the pieces to cut.  I will refer to the letter on the cutting chart.  If I posted the size, then I'd be giving away the farm!  


Here is your first series of "Little Tipsy's".

1.  Starch your fabric first with a heavy duty spray starch.  Let the fabric dry before you press it.  I know some of my students starch their fabric so heavily that you could bounce a quarter off of it!

2.  Cut carefully at all times.  You are dealing with a lot of small pieces that need to be cut with complete accuracy. 

3.  I piece my quilts with Aurifil thread, a nice 50 weight that is thin yet strong.  

There are 16 star blocks in the quilt.  I will be demonstrating Block 1 from Month 1 which begins on Page 2 of your pattern.  


SQUARE IN A SQUARE - Instructions begin on page 29 of your pattern.

Since you will be making 16 of these gorgeous stars, I would begin by making a reusable template to fussy cut the beautiful center for PIECE A.  All of these little details make a difference in the finished quilt.  It's all part of my extreme, maybe obsessive attention to detail.

I make the template out of heavy-duty cardboard.  The center of the template is cut the exact size I need. Keep in mind this will be "on point" in the block.


I use a Frixion pen and trace around the inside of the template.  I still use a ruler to cut this out the exact size that I need.  Now that Piece A is ready, let's move on to Piece B, the corner triangles around the center of the block.


I love to work with stripes as I think they add so much interest to the finished designs.  In my obsession to detail, I have to have all of my stripes lined up and headed in the same direction.  Now you will learn how to do this too.

PIECE B is a beautiful striped fabric, so let's get our stripes lined up properly, and all marching to the same beat.

Begin by cutting two identical squares.


Then cut them like this.

Place two of the triangles from one of the squares next to the center Piece A.


Place the other two triangles on the other two sides of Piece A.  Just look at how the stripes line up beautifully! 

Now you are going to use a corner trimmer on those pesky little corners.  I use a Fons & Porter corner trimmer.  When you are stitching a triangle to a square, you trim the corners off at a 90 degree angle.  YOU WILL BE DOING THIS 90 DEGREE PROCEDURE ON ONLY TWO OF THE OPPOSING TRIANGLES.


Here's a close up.

You will trim each side.  


See how well Piece B's line up with the center.

Place right sides together and pin.



Little Tipsy - When stitching the triangles, make sure you have the triangle next to your feed dogs and let them gradually feed the material under the needle.  If you had the triangle on the top, you may inadvertently stretch those little triangles.


Press toward the triangle.  Trim off those little "doohickies" that extend beyond the triangle.  You want to get rid of any fabric that will add bulk to the component.



The heat of the wool pad combined with the Gypsy quilter clapper, (say that 3 times fast) make this part of the component very flat.
 

Now I'm ready to stitch on the other two triangles to the center.


On the other two sides, I'm no longer stitching a triangle to a 90 angle.  I now have a 45 degree angle.
So I need to trim the ends of the other two triangles at a 45 degree angle.




By cutting the tips of the triangle off, they now fit perfectly on the component.


Again, turn the component over, and the let the feed dogs do the work.


Press toward the triangle.


If any trimming needs to be done, I use a BlocLoc flying geese ruler.  The ruler fits snugly into the apex of the seams, and gives me the perfect 1/4" seam.


I removed the sizes on my signature block layout sheet.  Again, it's all part of not giving away the farm.
I use a Sewline pen and apply glue to the paper.


Then I place my component on the Block Layout Sheet.


This sheet is the map to your success.  The size of the components on the sheet are the exact size your component needs to be.  

For an additional tutorial on Square in a Square, you can view my videos on The Quilt Show for free.  Here's in the link to my Square in a Square video HERE.

DOUBLE FLYING GEESE

These are double flying geese (DFG), and you will be making (4) at a time.  There are a total of (12) DFG per block. 


After I cut my pieces for the first set of DFG from the cutting directions on page 2, I lay them out like this.  

This is something that I make every time I begin a new quilt or a block.  I take a regular index card and cut it up into rectangles.  I use a hole punch and make two holes in each rectangle.   I write the letter on each of the rectangles indicating which piece it is, and can see it at a glance.


I can then reuse these for other parts of the pattern or other patterns in general.  You can also label it with the size if you wish.


Then place (2) "E's" on top of the "C".  The squares will overlap.  Use a 1/4" ruler, and mark the squares.  When you place the square on top of "C" make sure the design is going in the same direction.



Pin.

Then stitch directly on the line.


Cut apart between the lines.

You will have two sections that look like this.  Press toward the smaller triangle.  See how each of the flowers are both going in the same direction on each of the units.


Now play around with each of the other squares, and orient them so the flowers are going in the same direction.  This may not seem important, but I like to have all of my flowers in alignment.


Mark each of the blocks, and stitch directly on the line, then cut apart between the stitching lines.


Look closely at the orientation of the little bouquets of flowers.  They are either going sideways or up and down.  This becomes important when you place them on the block layout sheet.


At this point, I use a BlocLoc ruler to trim my goose for absolute accuracy.  Refer to page 21 for the trimming size.


Now you will have four perfect geese flying in formation.


Now place piece "D" on the right hand side of the goose.  Draw a single line from corner to corner and stitch directly on the line.

Trim.

Press in the direction of the blue triangle.


Place a square on the other corner, draw a line from corner to corner and stitch directly on the line.


Voila!  Aren't they cute?  Since you already trimmed before adding on the set of blue squares, you should not have to trim again.  You will have a perfect 1/4" seam at the top, so you will never loose any points.  You never want to be pointless!


Place the little cuties on the block layout sheet.  Now that you have made your first set of DFG's, the rest will be much easier.  Make additional little rectangles from your index card, so after you cut the remaining pieces for the rest of the DFG's, you can label them with the correct letter.

Since I was so particular about the orientation of the little bouquets of flowers on piece "E", I can now place them on the block layout sheet in the correct orientation.  You don't have to pay attention to this level of detail if it doesn't float your boat.  My boat will sink if I don't take this extra step.  Next, I will have you make half-square triangles (2) at a time.  Notice the little flowers in the HST are also heading in the correct direction.  Don't worry, I'll show you how to achieve this.


For an additional tutorial on Double Flying Geese, you can view my videos on The Quilt Show for free by clicking HERE

Next up, Half-Square Triangles (2) at a time.

You will begin using pieces J & G.  Notice that G is directional.  


I like to have all of the fabrics facing in the proper orientation, so I marked them like this.  I used a 1/4" ruler for marking. Stitch directly on the lines.


Cut the units apart, then press toward the lighter side. Trim them to the correct size stated on page 21 of the pattern.


Then place them on the Block Layout Sheet.  Notice how the little bunches of flowers are all facing the same orientation.  I can feel you rolling your eyes right now at my "analness", but in the end, the attention to detail will make a difference.

Now you will be making Half-Square Triangles (8) at a time.  Begin with pieces M & K.


Use a 1/4" ruler for marking.

Mark stitching lines in both directions.


Stitch directly on the marked lines.  Then cut them apart.  Your first cut will be vertically, then horizontally, then the last two cuts will be diagonally.


I use a fabric folding pen filled with Best Press starch, and run a thin line of starch directly on the stitches.  Then I press.  You can use this pen on all of the seams to create a flatter seam.


After I press, I put the Gypsy quilter clapper on top of the components.  This makes them flat as little pancakes.

Trim according to the size on page 21 of the pattern.


Place the HST on the Block Layout Sheet with a touch of Sewline glue.


You will repeat the same procedure with pieces N & O and make 8 more HST.  Place on the Block Layout Sheet.

Cut the following pieces according to the cutting chart on page 2. Then place them on the sheet.

Follow the arrows on the Block Layout Sheet for the pressing directions.


I know the first block is always the hardest and will take you the longest.  Not to worry, it will get easier.  Look what you learned making this block!  There was a lot of skill building to add to your quilting toolbox of information.  I imported the image out of EQ software so you could see the outlines of the components that you just finished making.



For more information, and a video explaining the math behind making HST (8) at a time and their construction, check out The Quilt Show.  My video is located by clicking HERE.

124 comments:

  1. Thank you for such an informative tutorial.

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    1. You are very welcome, Bobbie. There is a lot more to come. Hopefully this tutorial will be helpful with other patterns too.

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  2. I love this quilt pattern! Is it possible to purchase just the pattern?

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    1. I'm sorry, Brandy. I can't sell the pattern until the completion of the BOM program which will end in Oct. of 2022.

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  3. Do you recommend washing the fabric before starching and cutting? I think I am about to purchase this quilt kit. The fabric line is beautiful and your design is exquisite.

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    1. Thank you for your question. I do not wash my fabrics first, but I do recommend starching your fabrics with a heavy duty spray starch before you make your first cut. It makes the components behave and lay flatter than a pancake. It is well worth the extra effort. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  4. Thank you for your timely reply.

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  5. Lynn, I just signed up for the BOM last night and was so surprised that the tutorials are starting already. I'm fairly experienced at quilting, but have already learned a few things from this first tutorial, especially about trimming the points of the triangles with the F&P trimmers that I have owned for well over 10 years. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions. I can't wait to start the quilt.

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    1. I'm glad that there was something for an experienced quilter in the tutorial. I'm starting to post them early since the quilt shops are starting to receive their shop samples. This accelerated my tutorial schedule.

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  6. GREAT tutorial, Lynn!!!! Pictures are worth a thousand words!!!

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  7. Thank you for the GREAT tutorial!!!! No questions left!!

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  8. I am beginner/confident quilter, love this quilt. Your tutorials are great, but I am still “on the fence” if this quilt is over my skill level.

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    1. As long as you have enough scrap fabric, you can make practice blocks until you get it right! Pam S.

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    2. I like what SOS said, work with scrap fabric first. As long as you cut the fabrics correctly, and have a perfect 1/4" seam, you should be fine. It is an heirloom quilt that can't be rushed. I believe quilters can do anything if they just take their time.

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  9. If I didn't have the F&P ruler would that matter? Do I need to get the Block loc or the flying Geese ruler. I have signed up for this BOM, my first, I'm a beginner and just LOVE the pattern and fabric. I'm already nervous but I'm excited to try it out. Thank you for the clear directions/tutorial.

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    1. All of the rulers you mentioned are rulers that I use all of the time. Don't be nervous, just take your time and enjoy the process.

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  10. Thank you for this detailed tutorial. I'm a long time sew-er but very new to making quilts, and you made this look doable. The design and fabrics are so beautiful; this will be an heirloom piece. I look forward to getting started in January!

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    1. Yes, it is doable. It all begins with accurate cutting, and a precise 1/4" seams. You can do this!

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  11. My quilt kit has been sent to FedEx for shipping. I am looking forward to seeing the fabrics and getting started.

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    1. I'll be adding more to the tutorials as I get the time. You are going to love the fabrics, Pam!

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  13. My first block and backing set shipped and I cannot wait to get started. I canceled every subscription I had so I could give my full attention to this project. I am loving the way you make the flying geese and the double flying geese! So very efficient and I'm all about that.

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    1. I'm so glad the tutorial is going to be beneficial to you. The videos on The Quilt Show are also very valuable. Thank you for commenting.

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    2. How do we access videos on TQS without being a member? I've tried couple times now.... thanks!

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    3. At the end of each component section, click on the word HERE which is underlined, and it will take you directly to the tutorials without having to be a member.

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  14. I just received my materials for this quilt along and can't wait to get started! What color of thread do you recommend using on this quilt? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Rosanna,
      Thank you for your question. I pieced the entire quilt with Aurifil 50 wt #2310 Light Beige. That is my go-to color for just about all of my quilts.

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  15. This BOM is wonderful! I am following the directions exactly!I usually do everything BUT exact piecing so this is great for someone like me as I will learn the process exactly from the best!!

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful comment. I look at this quilt as a learning BOM. You will build your skill level each month. Bravo to you for following the directions exactly!

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  16. I just finished sewing the components for block 1 and have them all laid out on the template. What a joy this BOM is. The fabrics are beautiful and the instructions are detailed. I really enjoyed learning this method of making flying geese and the template is so nice to have. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen. I look at the block layout sheet as the map to your success. I like to include one in all of my patterns that have very detailed blocks.

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  17. I just received my first package. Thanks for all the detailed instructions. Do you recommend sewing with a shorter stitch length?

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    1. You are welcome, Beth. You know you could shorten your stitch if you want to. I didn't because it's harder to rip it out! Not that I ever ripped out!!!! Just kidding.

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    2. That’s funny, and true! I have been known to un-sew on occasion :)

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    3. UN-sew!!! I love it!! Makes it sound more like a superpower - "I can sew - AND I can UN-sew!" Such a positive spin!!

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    4. You girls made me laugh! Thank you for that.

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    5. Frog stitching is another - even my husband knows what that is - Rip it, Rip it!!

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  18. Lynn - is the fabric included with our first month used later, or just for these 4 blocks? I want to be sure I have what’s needed going forward.

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    1. Hi Beth. The fabric is just for the first four blocks. I'm putting a tutorial together on how to incorporate the leftover fabric in another design.

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  19. Great! The fabric cuts are very generous which is good because I already made one wrong cut! Hope that’s my one and done!

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  20. Hi Lynn, I am beyond excited to do this block of the month. I thought it would be really difficult but your tutorials are amazing. I am finishing up the very first block and I absolutely love it. Thanks so much. I love to do new quilts and learn new things. Especially love the double flying geese.

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    1. Aren't those double flying geese just the cutest! Thank you for commenting, Cindy.

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  21. Could you help me with pressing? Do you press all seams open when sewing your rows together and the seams for the double flying geese? I've completed block 1 and it looks bulky. I am looking for the right size flying geese template for trimming. What one do you use?

    I am so excited. This is by far the most difficult quilt ever and I'm loving the detailed process!

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    1. Hi Rebecca,
      No, I did not press all of my seams open. Did you thoroughly starch your fabric first? Starching helps with the pressing. I use a wool pressing mat and the Gypsy Clapper when I press. These two tools combined really help to keep the block flat. The 1-1/2" x 3" Bloc-Loc ruler is the one to buy. You will use this ruler on other quilts too. I'm glad you like the detailed process for the block. You will be learning a lot and if it's any consolation, the other blocks in the quilt are much easier.

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  22. Yes, I did starch thoroughly. Where it looks not so good to me is sewing the double flying geese together and the rows that have them. How do you decide which way to press? I want to try something different on the next one.

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    1. Press the seams open when you stitch the double flying geese together. Also, another tip is using a Fabric Folding Pen filled with Best Press. Apply the starch directly on the stitches with the pen. Press the seams open, then use the Gypsy Clapper.

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  23. Having a wonderful time with this BOM. Just finished the first block, now on to the other 3 for this month. Its OK, there are three days left in the month..... Just another hint that I've been doing for years. My Daughter in law saw me doing it and said some manufacturer needs to do it. Get yourself a box of flat flower pins and a fine point sharpie. Label the pins A through Z and 1 through whatever. I use these to label quit blocks on my wall so I don't get block 1 where block 7 should go. They work great for this project as well for labeling as you cut. Oh, and get the kind with their own little box so you don't mix em up with your other pins. SEWING IS BETTER THAN CLEANING!

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    1. That's a great idea! I can tell you will enjoy this program.

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  24. Just got my Month one and instructions today! Look forward to starting! Fabrics are so beautiful!

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    1. Yes, the fabrics are beautiful. They helped me design the quilt.....they spoke to me.

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  25. Just got my Month #1 in the mail today. Can’t decide if I’m really excited or just totally overwhelmed at this point. Looking forward to getting started.

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    1. Oh, just be excited! You are starting on a journey to make a quilt of which you will be proud.

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  26. Hi Lynn, Your comment about your boat not floating if directional fabrics aren't oriented the same way made me laugh! I feel exactly the same way - very anal I know. I just tore apart (unsewed) 2 blocks from another BOM I'm working on b/c I realized too late the background fabric was directional. I now have them put back together with all the directional fabric going the same direction and life is good:) And now I can start on my first block from this BOM! Your directions and tips are wonderful - thank you so much.

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    1. We are like two peas in a pod! I tend to be on the anal side too.

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  27. merci pour ce tutoriel car je ne comprenais pas du tout comment faire les vols d'oies.je crois que j'y reviendrai en faisant le bloc.Les tissus sont magnifiques.Merci Lynn.Annie

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    1. Chère Annie, Les tutoriels vous aideront vraiment avec les oies volantes. Aussi, regardez mes tutoriels sur The Quilt Show.com Ils vous aideront aussi. Le tissu est vraiment charmant!

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  28. Lynn, will these tutorials be up for the duration of the BOM? I wanted to know because I work slowly, and don't want to lose this first valuable tutorial.

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    1. Yes, I will leave the tutorials up for years. Not to worry.

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    1. Hi Cathy,
      You will need to buy a 1-1/2" x 3" Flying Geese ruler. This is a common size that you should be able to use for years on other projects. The information is on the back of the pattern. -Lynn

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  30. I do enjoy all your designs. I also appreciate your being very specific about details, through your photos and videos.... I do love the colors and the design on this particular quilt enough to go for the BOM. Thanks for sharing your time, talent and patience!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Darlene.

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  31. Is there instructions for every piece of the block? If so, I’m not seeing them.

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    1. Yes, Vicky. The tutorial covers all of block #1. Do you have 34 pages in your pattern?

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  32. Yes I do. I’m talking about the actual tutorial. I don’t have instructions for the last 2 DFGs.

    Has anyone had an issue with losing the corners when they’re sewing blocks together?

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    1. The process is the same for the other double flying geese, only the fabrics change. If your components fit exactly on the block layout sheet, you will not lose any of the corners when you stitch the block together.

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  33. This is going to be such a beautiful quilt and I am learning some new and better techniques. Thank you! PS..I too am double handed...so your tutorals are easy to follow!

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    1. Aren't we lucky to be able to cut with each hand! It really comes in handy.

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  34. Where did you buy your fonts and porter corner trimmer So excited to start this quilt I just finished starching

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    1. Thank you for your question. Your local quilt shop may carry the Fons and Porter corner trimmers. If not, check for them on Amazon, or JoAnn's.

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  35. Hello Lynn, I would like to know if I can use my Accuquilt dies to cut my flying geese? I have the die that is 1.5x3 inches finished. Would that work? Thank you.

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    1. Use the method that works best for you. My only concern is having enough fabric. I don't use an Accuquilt, so my knowledge is very limited.

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  36. Having trouble lining up the stripes in the double flying geese. Any suggestions?

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    1. I drive myself crazy making sure directional fabrics are all going in the same direction! When you place the 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares on top of the red, have them both going in the same direction. After you stitch and trim one side you are ready to place the next 2-1/2" square on the red. Place it one the red, fold it back and see if they are facing the same direction. You will have two geese with the pink going sideways, and two geese with the pink going up and down. I hope this makes sense. I've had a couple of quilters ask this same question. I will try to put a tutorial together.

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  37. A good friend just called to ask me to make this along with her. My heart jumped up with a YES, but my mind needs some encouragement from you. Please give me a call during any spare time you might have. Hugs, Fran

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    1. Wow! Your friend picked a good quilter to make this quilt with her. I'll call you today, Fran. I was in the classroom yesterday teaching this quilt.

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  38. Gosh. I am so excited to be in this BOM! I love the fabrics and I especially love your detailed instructions! Right up my alley. I've watched the tutorials too and everything is so darned helpful! I just know I'll be trying more of your patterns in the future and hope you'll be doing more BOM's! Thank you!

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  39. Thank you for your sweet words, Julie. Another BOM is in the works as we speak using fabric that I've designed. It is so exciting!

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  40. On block 1 page, I think i am mixing the f and g pieces. As they look different in the b & w and the color finish block.

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  41. Hey Lynn!
    I just finished my first block!:)
    Your instructions were GREAT! I DID pre starch my fabric and pressed with my wood block, however, my block was very bulky in many places.... any suggestions on pressing differently for block #2?

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    1. Did you try pressing the seams open? Especially when sewing the Double Flying Geese together.

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    2. thanks for speedy reply! :)
      I did press those seams open, maybe I need to "spin" the junctions where they join in the rows is where specifically I'm getting the bulk and lumps.....

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  42. Has anyone in a bom gotten their February package yet? My shop hasnt sent it out yet. This delay is very frustrating.

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    1. Yes, some quilters have received their packets for February. A lot depends on where you signed up for the BOM. I'm sorry you haven't received your package yet.

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    2. Got I yesterday. Doing Happy hops all over my sewing room!

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    3. I got mine on 3/7! Cut out all the blocks last night and ready to sew them tonight after work. I am so excited...I may re-make block 1 as it came out a little wonky and not sure I am happy with it. So glad the fabric cuts are generous.

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  43. I am still waiting for mine too - no call back or email from the quilt shop. Gave me more time to work on the first four blocks though!!

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  44. I've just finished cutting everything for blocks 5 through 8.
    Page 22 shows the block assembly for 5 & 6. The problem is...the cutting directions on page 6 do not match the assembly on page 22! Help!

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    1. Nevermind......I just realized I'm looking at Month 5, not block 5!
      I'll go have another cup of coffee and wake up. Sorry 😀

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    2. I'm glad you figured it out. Enjoy that extra cup of coffee!

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  45. I just received my Month 1 and 2 yesterday. I have been reading directions and comments. Do you recommend liquid starch?

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  46. I just finished my first block (actually Block 4 from the first month, because I got my sheets out of order lol). Thank you for the detailed directions both here and in the packet! I went very slowly for the first block - the next 3 will definitely go faster! I'm in the process of cutting out all the pieces (now that I understand the process) so I can do more assembly line. I love these gorgeous fabrics!!

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    1. I'm so glad you are taking your time and enjoying the process. The blocks get faster, and you learn with each one.

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  47. I have a newbie (beginner) question...the instructions say unfinished block size = 12.5in and finished size is 12in. I have finished sewing all of my pieces together for the first block and it measures 12.5 inches. Should it be 12 inches at this point.? If it's off I want to figure out how to correct before moving on

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    1. Your block is perfect at this point if it measures 12.5 inches. When the blocks are sewn together, it will measure 12". Move on to the next one. You've got this!

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    2. Oh thank you so much! I was worried I'd have to start over

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  48. bonjour Lynn.J'en suis a mon 7eme bloc.Je travaille avec toujours autant de plaisire et maintenant c'est vraiment facile pour moi. Bonne journée.Annie

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    1. Je suis tellement contente que cela devienne plus facile pour toi Annie. Merci beaucoup d’avoir commenté.

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  49. If more fabric is needed will the fabric be available through you? I made an error on block #2

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    1. You should go through the shop where you purchased the BOM. If you need just a smidge, send me an email: sewnwiloaks@gmail.com

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  50. Lynn - I've got 2 question. I'm in about 4-5 BOMs - did it to myself! At this moment, I am kind of caught up and getting ready to go to a retreat next weekend. I've been starching and starching. I know you mentioned a 50 wt thread - what color - a dark gray maybe? And how much do you cut at a time? Do you cut for maybe the first 4 blocks and label the plastic bags? Or just one at a time as the cutting directions are given. I'm hoping to get a good start on this, will be our new bed quilt this year! Just love it since your first sneak peak photo!

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  51. Dear Sylvia,
    Wow! 4-5 BOMs, you are ambitious.
    I use Aurifil thread. A gray would work. I used more of a gold, #2314 I think.

    I would cut just one block at a time in the beginning, and then make that block. Once you feel comfortable with the process, cut the other three blocks and label the bags just as you said. Then the pieces that you are cutting will make more sense since you know exactly where they are going to be used.

    My sister is on month 3 and she now makes all of the double flying geese, and half-square triangles for the entire month. You can also take your block layout sheet to a printer and have more copies made. That way you can place all of your finished components for the month on the sheets. It makes for quick work when you stitch the blocks together.

    Thank you so much for making my design.

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  52. Hi again! Block 1 was quite fun. Loved the flying geese ruler. I followed tutorial awesome directions
    BUT I missed the very last sentence of instructions saying to press according to arrows on layout sheet. May redo parts. On block 2 I'm putting sections together but my question is..... I see the DFG seamed together are pressed open. But they are seamed in with the other blocks in each row. Do all rows get presses seams open once each of the 7 rows of blocks are sewn together? I know long arm quilters do not like open seams very much as they can't stitch in the ditch.... thanks!

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    1. Hi Sylvia,
      I only pressed my seams open when a DFG was involved. I know some of the quilters making this quilt are pressing all of the seams open. Yes, I know machine quilters do not like this approach. It is personal preference.

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  54. I read the post from March 27 about the size of the block - I have made all my blocks 12 inches - should I from now on make all my black 12 inches so that the quilt is square.
    Thank you

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  55. Once your components are stitched together, the block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" as stated at the top of page 21 above the graphic of the block. The sashing will measure 12-1/2" so it will fit perfectly between the blocks. Let me know if you have more questions and I'll answer them here.

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    1. I am block 15 and have made all my blocks 12 x12 - I misunderstood when at the top of each page for cutting each block it said unfinished 12 1/2 finished size 12 - I thought that was each block should be 12 x 12. Since I have completed 14 blocks, should I continue to make them all 12 x 12?

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    2. No, make them 12-1/2" x 12-1/2". Then another trick I've done in the past is this - Cut a piece of freezer paper exactly 12-1/2" x 12-1/2". Iron the freezer paper to a Teflon-coated surface, or iron it to another larger piece of flannel or fabric. I thoroughly soak the block with starch, either Best Press or another spray starch. Pin the 12" block to the 12-1/2" square freezer paper and just walk away and let it dry. USE A LOT OF PINS. Let the block dry overnight, and in the morning your block should be 12-1/2" x 12-1/2". Then carefully press the block without steam. Give this a try and let me know if it worked. Lynn

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    3. Thank you for your suggestion. I have decided to just redo the parameter with the cream- this will make is 12 1/2

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  56. Hello Can you please tell me the size of the BlocLoc ruler you used for the Flying Geese? The block trims to 2" X 3 1/2" but the two quilt shops I checked with can't find one that size to order. Thank you Kim Samford

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    1. The size you need to purchase is 1-1/2" x 3". BlocLoc markets their rulers as the "finished" size.

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  57. Thank you very much for that clarification. I have been doing the flying geese without the ruler but I think that will help a lot with my accuracy. Thanks again and have a great day!

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  58. This ruler is a must, I only got it after the first couple of blocks, it was a bit pricey here in Australia but worth it.

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  59. I am LOVING doing this BOM. Are you going to be publishing any more tutorials? I can only find the one for block #1. I would like to add another way to proof your flying geese is with the Quilt in a Day set. You get 4 sizes, including the one needed for this quilt, on 2 templates so it's not as expensive. Thanks so much for this gorgeous quilt!

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  60. Never mind on the more tutorials. I found it above. Didn't know what AARTI - ARRTI meant but clicked on it anyway and found it was for this quilt - now I get it...

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  61. I looked ahead to see where the 25 blocks that are cut and set aside in month 7 and supposed to be used on page 27 and can’t see where they get used on any page. Just curious. Where do they get used?

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    1. The 25 blocks are piece "D" which are the posts between the sashing as shown on page 27. I should have labelled them as the posts in the cutting chart. I'm sorry I confused you.

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  62. When are we going to get the fabric for the sashing for month 7?

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  63. Lynn, this is a wonderful program. It must have taken a very long time to figure out the diagram and measurements. What a great program. Thank you for the designing. I just finished #16 of the first set and on to the next one which looks easier. Thank you for your hard work!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Polly. Yes, writing the pattern for this quilt took a long time. I had several pattern testers and one technical reader who helped me create it. The next round of blocks will be much easier for you and don't forget there's a tutorial on my blog.

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  64. Hi Lynn, i love this quilt and am so excited to make this for my daughter-in-law. It made me think of her when I saw it and had to sign up for the block of the month knowing I would learn a lot from your tutorials.
    Will you be posting a tutorial for the triangle side blocks and finishing? I hope so, I’m afraid I’ll be lost without your help. Im fairly new to quilt so this is a whole new adventure for me.

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  65. Hi, Lynn - I am wanting to make this King sized - and saw the extra fabric requirements you listed:

    If you want to make a king-size quilt, you will need to purchase the following:
    3-1/4 yards of teal - to add another 6" border
    1/3 yard of the pink - to add a 1" inner border
    1/2 yard more of the 108" backing

    But somewhere in the back of my brain, I recall seeing a "correction" to the listing of fabrics needed to make a king-size. Are the above yardages the CORRECTED sizes for extra fabric to king-size this quilt?
    Thank you so much!!
    My schedule for making this got "interrupted" by the birth of two new granddaughters (one in April - and one last week!) - trying to get back on track - as I have already booked time with my quilter to get it done the WEEK after the last BOM kit!! (I might need to have my head examined!). Anyway - wanted to have that extra fabric purchased - and I can't math right now! ;)

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  66. Help with the correct fabrics for the sashing pleases...which A and C??

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