You may remember some weeks ago I was making a drunkards path quilt . Here it is again waiting for the border.
I had thought that all those curves and part circles needed something geometric for the border and so decided on flying geese for the border. As the main blocks were 12″ square, the geese would be 6″ x 3″ making a 6″ border.
Then having a severe seniors moment when it came to cutting the squares, I googled “how to make flying geese” and came up with a method which had very little cut to waste when finished. See a video on youtube here (If the link doesn’t work, google “how to make flying geese” and scroll down to the 2nd video)
I was going to have large red triangles with little green triangles either side. So here is what I did.
First, cut a 9″ strip of the green fabric and cut into 9″ squares. Second, cut a 7 1/2″ strip of the red fabric and cut into squares.
on the back of the red squares draw a line diagonally corner to corner, and lay the square in the centre of the green squares right sides together.
Stitch a quarter inch both sides of the drawn line, and cut apart on the line.
Next press seams open and lay one red/green square over the other green square, lining up one corner and the 2 sides next to it. Because the original squares weren’t equal, the opposite corners won’t match, doesn’t matter. (This is the only tricky bit, and you only make the mistake once). Now draw another diagonal line through the middle and sew either side of it, and cut on the line.
If you laid the squares wrongly then this is what happens
So back to square one (pardon the pun), and pin them the right way
This is how it should look
Find the middle line through the new square and cut apart
A good press and trim to the wanted size, in this case 6 1/2″ by 3 1/2″.
As you can see, there’s very little waste, just little slivers instead of all those tiny triangles you don’t like throwing out, they might be used in a miniature some day !
And here it is, ready for the borders to be attached to the middle
I’ll finish sewing the borders on tomorrow, then do the sandwiching. Maybe I’ll even get time to start the quilting – the big pieces in the blocks will need a bit of thinking to work out a suitable design.