Monday, January 23, 2017

Flying Stars!

After looking at lots of images of quilts made with flying geese, it was easy to see that there should be some star blocks in my design.   I have NOT decided on an actual design yet. This may be a somewhat "modern" quilt when I make it.
So let's look at the stars.   Thus far there are three of them.

The Trio 

The first one I made - with a square in a square center.

The second one with a simple square center.
Since my flying geese are 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 unfinished,  there is a 4 1/2 square for the center and four 2 1/2 square pieces for the corners.   I call them "Flying Stars."  There is probably another name for them, but MINE are Flying Stars. (Edited to add: Barbara Brackman calls this a "Sawtooth Star."  I like "Flying Star" better.)
There is no close-up of the third one because I forgot to take the photo.  But it has a secret.  I spied a pack of Prairie charm squares in a similar color-way to the Hello Darling.   One of the charms became the center for the  third Flying Star.  It worked wonderfully.

Here are some pieces I cut already and the pack of Prairie charms.
I discovered that from the Layer Cake (10 inch squares) I can cut one of the 5 1/4" squares and four of the 3 inch squares that I use to make four at a time of the flying geese units.
There are a few videos on YouTube showing the process.  But, I will ask you-"Do you think I should make another one showing my process for making 4 at a time?"

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Jeanna said...

The answer is "YES, PLEASE!!!" And I love the flying stars! Maybe we all can sew along with you, Gene :)

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Answer - ABSOLUTELY!! - I love how there are SO many different ways to make "flying geese" - show us how YOU do it - ;))

Barbara said...

Your videos always help, go for it. I love the strawberry theme!