Flying geese are (is?) time-honoured as a quilt block, and this strippy version is a welcome addition to the flock. But don't let the name discourage you, this pattern looks great in fabrics other than ombres, too, offering lots of ways to play with colour for dramatic effect. Unleash your stash, and you're sure to come up with combinations that will make your geese fly!
Note on fabric selection:
1. If you use a jelly roll or other 2 ?? strip collection, each strip must be trimmed down to 2 ?? before proceeding with the pattern;
2. If you are using ombr? fabrics, each width-of-fabric strip will make one complete ?goose?;
3. If you are using regular fabrics, you will need three fabrics for each goose. Again, each width-of-fabric strip contributes to the equivalent of one goose, so three strips makes three complete geese in one combination of fabrics. If you want to add more to the mix, feel free;
4. Component strips must be a minimum 12 ?? usable fabric and you need two per goose. Keep this in mind if you?re going for a scrappy look and/or using strips that measure less than width of fabric;
5. We won?t be making an entire quilt in class, so just bring a variety of strips to practice on.
Pattern: Ombr? Geese by Needle in a Hayes Stack
Ruler: The 90-Degree Triangle Tool by Needle in a Hayes Stack (sku 1300394). Alternatively, you can trace the tool (which is included in the pattern) onto template plastic. Use a fine-tip Sharpie to draw the lines; cut out the entire template, but DO NOT cut it into sections. Additional supplies noted below, indicated with an asterisk.
2 ?? strips of fabric for the geese (see above)
Sky fabric. Black and white solids as indicated on the pattern
Sewing machine in good working condition, with manual, all accessories, power cord and foot control;
New needle: Microtex 80/12;
Thread: 50-wt 100% cotton (Konfetti) in a neutral colour;
Mary Ellen?s Best Press;
*Ruler: 12 ?? x 6 ?? or 12 ?" x 3 ?" ruler;
*Frixion pen, mechanical pencil, or other similar fine-line marking tool for marking on your fabric;
Basic sewing kit: Awl, seam ripper, thread snips, pins, etc.
1/ Before cutting your strips, treat your fabric with Mary Ellen's. Most of the sewing will involve bias edges, so this will help to stabilize your fabrics for better results;
2/ Cut some squares of both the black and white solids for the "sky";