Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Blocks have left the building.

Today, I finished, ironed, packed up and shipped my blocks for the Barbie Block exchange. I also signed up for Barbie, part 2. My plan for Barbie 2 is to do a block featuring geese units. I'd like to do this one, but it has to be 12 inches finished, so I'll have to draft my own version.
I really like Quilterscache, but have only been able to use one block from her website. It's either the wrong size, or paper pieced. I took a class on paperpiecing only because I have 2 patterns and a book that turned out to be paper piecing. I hate paper piecing. However, I promised myself that I would do these patterns starting by September (one is for Christmas Santas) just to get them over and done with.

Flying Geese

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My very favorite method of doing geese units is using Eleanor Burns templates. The limitation is that you can only make 4 sizes. However, those 4 are PERFECT. They are made slightly larger and then cut to size. Perfect and quick geese with little waste. If you are making a border or entire quilt with geese, this is the way to go! This link shows several ways of making flying geese units without a special ruler. Allows you to do any size and use scraps.
This link also doesn't use a special ruler, but shows you how to make any size goose.
Another method uses a ruler and makes 4 geese at a time. No math at all. Here's a link so that you can see it (scroll down a little). I have this ruler, but have yet to use it. Guess what? Gonna use it!
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Still working on One-Line Afghan. There is hope that I may finish the crocheting this month!

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