Week 6 of the 2020 American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt-Along starts on 3/23. The assignment is: Assemble Flying Geese units. Below you'll find some helpful tips for foundation piecing, and some answers to questions we've been getting. See more about the Quilt-Along here.
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How do I prep my foundation papers before I get sewing?

You can trace the pattern onto lightweight tracing paper, transferring all the lines and numbers. You can also download and print the patterns here. If you're printing the patterns, make sure you're printing at 100% and then measuring the 1" box on the paper to make sure it's the correct size.

I've never foundation-pieced before. How do I get started?

We have step-by-step instructions and tips here. We encourage you to practice before diving in to the process. If you've foundation-pieced before, but just need a little reminder, we have 10 tips here that will make the process easier!

I don't want to make the Flying Geese by foundation-piecing. Can I just piece them the traditional way?

Yes, you can! This method will look different than the original, though, so if you like the look of the skinny and elongated Flying Geese units, you'll need to foundation-piece the blocks.

Instead of the sashing units each having 9 Flying Geese units, if you piece it the traditional way, you'll only have 6 Flying Geese per unit.

For each Flying Geese unit, you'll need:

  • 1--2x3.5" rectangle cream prints
  • 2--2" squares blue prints

Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each blue print 2" square.

Align a marked square with one end of a 2x3.5" rectangle (note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle.

In same manner, add a second marked square to opposite end of rectangle (again note direction of drawn line). Trim and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 2x3.5" including seam allowances.

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Repeat to make 144 Flying Geese units total.

Sew six Flying Geese units in a row to complete a sashing unit. The sashing unit should be 3.5x9.5" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 24 sashing units total.