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
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.
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.
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 :)