by Fiona Carlson
Hi friends! Here's something fun I want to share with you today.
If you've ever made flying geese one-at-a-time, you'll come to find, when you make a bunch of them, that you end up with a TON of waste.
Enter the no-waste four-at-a-time flying geese method! It is quick, fun, and best of all, uses ALL the fabric you cut (minus a little bit of trimming).
The Mama Bird quilt is made using two blocks oriented in different directions. One of those blocks is a set of two mama birds carrying their baby birds Flying Geese!
This tutorial will walk you through all the steps needed to make four-at-a-time Flying Geese with directional fabrics for the Mama Bird quilt.
So let's get to it!
(1) W/X Unit (square-within-a-square) - See pattern(s) for instructions.
Large Format: W/X Unit - 13 ¾”
Small Format: W/X Unit - 9 ¾”
(4) Background squares
Large Format: Background Squares - 7 ¼”
Small Format: Background Squares - 5 ¼”
Align all fabrics directionally facing the same direction in front of you.
Using (1) Background square, turn 90 degrees counterclockwise, then flip over and align with the top right corner of the W/X Unit as shown.
Repeat with (1) Background square, aligning with the bottom left corner as shown.
On the wrong side of both Background squares, mark a diagonal line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner as shown.
Pin and sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the marked line.
Cut on the marked line. Separate, open, and press toward the Background.
Using (1) remaining Background square, turn 90 degrees clockwise, then flip over and align with the left corner of the top W/X Unit as shown.
*Note: Fold the top right corner of your background square down to the bottom left corner to check for directionality.
Repeat with your last remaining Background square; turn 90 degrees clockwise, then flip over and align with the right corner of the bottom W/X Unit as shown.
Mark a line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of each remaining Background square.
Note: if you don’t have a fabric pen, use your iron to press a crease into the square and use that to mark your line.
Pin and sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of each marked line.
Cut on the marked lines. Separate, open, and press toward the Background to create (4) Flying Geese As.
Trim Flying Geese to size needed.
And there you have it! (4) Mama Bird Flying Geese with directional fabrics.
I hope you enjoyed this step-by-step tutorial on making four-at-a-time Flying Geese with directional fabrics.
If you have any questions at all on your Mama Bird quilt making journey, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Instagram @mommyandmequiltco.