Liberty Scrap Challenge – October Edition & Tutorial!

by Nova on October 17, 2012

Welcome to the October Edition of the Liberty Scrap Challenge!

When my scrap pack arrived from the Organic Stitch C0 this month in the form of a mini charm pack – seriously cute 2 1/2″ squares of Liberty loveliness –  I knew I wanted to play with them just as they were – something simple, traditional-ish & a fun way to show off an array of pretty  Liberty prints.

I do love a stitchy shortcut & when I recently discovered a quick way  to sew flying geese I just had to give it a try!  You may already be familiar with the one seam flying geese method  but it was new to me & if it’s new to you too & you’re partial to a flying goose (& shortcuts) then read on!

I made my one seam flying geese  blocks into a mini doll quilt which will be heading to a special little girl & her dolly soon…

I added a flock of flying geese to the back too..

I teamed my miniLiberty charm squares with fabric from a vintage seersucker tablecloth that I picked up from the opp shop. I love the texture of seersucker & its  bubbly contrast against the smooth & silky tana lawn.

The following tutorial explains how to make a one seam  flying geese block using  2 1/2″ charm squares. The  block size measures 4 1/2 ” x 2 1/2″ pre sewing it into a project, i.e. the block size once sewn in is 4″ x 2″. You can easily change the size of the block to suit your project.

This is not a tutorial to make a doll quilt, just the block. For reference my finished doll quilt measures approx 14 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

One Seam Flying Geese Tutorial

For each block you will need:

2 1/2″ charm squares – cut 2
4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle (this is your ‘goose’) – cut 1

How to:

Fold your rectangle (‘goose’) in half lengthways with wrong sides together. Press.

Lay your first charm square right side up  & place your folded goose directly on top with the folded edge orientated towards the top. Line up the raw edges of the goose with the bottom of the charm square.

There will be a 1/4″ gap between the folded edge of your goose & the top of your charm square.

Place your 2nd charm square directly on top with right side facing down.

Keep the pile of fabric orientated with the folded edge of the goose nearest the top & sew a 1/4″ seam down the right hand side.

get lots of piles of geese at the ready & chain piece to save time & thread

Take your sewn piece

& open out the top layer.Press.

hold the corner of your goose & open out to form the triangle. Press.

Voila – a flying goose with just one seam!

Make a whole gaggle!

You will notice you end up with a little triangular pocket which you can sew down when you quilt if you like, kind of like top-stitching. I love the quirky little pocket & the extra dimension it brings so I  left mine open.

Keep an eye on Jo’s shop – mini charm square packs will be listed any day! Yay!

This method of making  flying geese would work well with regular size charm squares too! For  5″ charm squares you would need to cut your ‘goose’ rectangle 5″ x 9 1/2″.  To work out the goose rectangle size to cut  is pretty simple for any size square – in it’s folded state it needs to be 1/4″ shorter on one side than the square – so simply double this number for the rectangle length & the width is the same as the square. Clear as mud?!

I can’t wait to see what this months guest challenger makes with her Liberty scrap pack. Eeep!  & in case you missed it, here’s a peek at a past Liberty scrappy project of Kerry’s that set my heart a flutter.

Pick up your Liberty Scraps, charm squares & more from Jo @ The Organic Stitch Co & find lots of inspiration for using aforementioned scraps in our flickr group :)

Next month we’ll be hosting a bumper Liberty Holiday Special with scrappy holiday inspired projects from  myself, Penny from Sew take a Hike, Siobhan from Beaspoke  Quilts & Rachel from Stiched in Color  – Excitment!  I hope you’ll join us :)




{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny C October 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

As my little girl would say “sweet”!


Flying Blind October 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Cute little quilt and clever geese!


Jules October 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

You are genius!!! I’ve been wanting to work on geese for SO long but haven’t been able to face all that cutting and stitching of triangles. This is fabulous. Thanks :)


Julierose October 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

Love your “gaggle” of geese tute (lol)…thanks Julierose


Rachel at Stitched in Color October 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

Thanks! I had not seen that method of making flying geese. The pockets are so fun and definitely quirky. I’ll have to pin this to remember!


Mandy October 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

oh. my. goodness! How wonderful are your geese! I love seersucker too, always picking up tablecloths at the op shop. One day, I’ll sew them altogether and make a funky orange, brown and blue quilt for picnics, one day…..


Penny October 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

this is a brilliant method, Nova!! xo


elsa October 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Was out of town taking quilty classes with Gwen Marston and Sue Spargo and missed this post ~ just found it at Verykerryberry and it is brilliant! what an amazingly easy way to make flying geese! Thanks for the tutorial ~ got to go make some!


Suzanne April 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I’m totally blown away by the construction of this quilt. Flying geese. One seam. Mind boggling! Thanks.


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