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Video 11: Perfect Points on Flying Geese

Learn to join Flying Geese units without cutting off the points.

Joining Flying Geese units without cutting off the points can be tricky. Let me show you the secret to putting them together perfectly. You can see here from our sample that these Flying Geese units when joined together have nice points at the top and along each side. So what's the secret of putting them together? If you're using the Flying Geese method where you begin with two squares and one rectangle, you would mark the diagonal line on the squares (that's going to be your sewing line) and position it on one side of the rectangle. Sewing across that diagonal line as I've done here, you then press one side open. It's up to you whether you want to trim off the seam allowance behind it or not. I like to trim it off to eliminate some of the bulk. Then I place my second square in position and again sew across the diagonal. And this is where some people think it seems counter-intuitive that I don't sew to a point here when I open the piece up. I have the points going all the way to the corners here, but at the top I have a 1/4" where the squares have overlapped. That's how you want your Flying Geese unit to look. Because that 1/4" is what's going to allow you to keep the top point of your Flying Geese unit. So where I've sewn two together here, you can see I still have the point, because I had that 1/4" seam allowance at the top. And across the bottom by sewing that together I have a 1/4" on either side of the point, so when I get to the point where I'm sewing my side units on, I'll keep that point as well. So, the overlap at the top of your Flying Geese unit really is the key to getting that perfect point. Make sure you have a 1/4" at the top and you'll be good to go.