Thursday, April 9, 2015

Get That Point - Tips and Tricks

This tip can apply to anytime you're making flying geese, but specifically for the Swoon pattern by Camille Roskelley.  These should help you get the sharp points on this block that make it so great.  

To start off, make sure that from the beginning, you're cutting as precisely as you can.  When you cut, you the edges of your fabric as your guide for the 1/4 inch seam allowance.  So if you have a tilted edge of fabric, you'll have a tiled seam that won't match the other straight seams in your piece.

 Next, when you're making your flying geese or outer star blocks be sure to overlap the white  2.5" square onto the white fabric by 1/4 inch exactly (even if you have to to sacrifice making the left sides of the fabric flush).

 Here's a closer look...Create all your flying geese this way.

 Then, when its time to sew your pieces together, you can use the back of your block as a guide.  In the picture above, you can see that my seam goes right on the point where the red and white fabric intersect.  If you can get your seam to do that, then you'll have a really sharp point of the front like this:

Look at that point - I love it when it works out like that.

 If you're sewing along, not paying too much attention to the back of your block, you might sew underneath where the red and white fabric intersect.  Even if its just a little bit under, it will cut off the edge of your point like this:

Still good, but not my favorite.

Happy Quilting!

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