Just in case you missed last week's blog, Nicole - Sister's Choice Quilts, Lisa - Stashmaster, Monique - Open Gate Quilts and I are dedicating different days of the week during the month of April to talk about this new book,
Fat Quarter Winners, by Monique Dillard and published by C & T Publishing.
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Out of the 11 patterns provided in the book,
I've chosen this pattern, Crazy Eights, as my first project to make from the book.
The first of many I'm sure.
So the quilt is made up of 84 of these blocks.
I'm going with a mix of black and red fabrics, some are from Sophia, by Windham, 19th Century Red, also by Windham, and any other black or red fabric in my stash that caught my eye.
The pattern calls for 8 blocks to be made from the same red and black fabric combination, and to use 10 different sets of black and red fabric, I'm going with 4 blocks and increasing the number of red and black fabric sets to 21. The pattern also calls for a scrappy background but I'm going with the same background for the whole quilt.
After I made my first 4 blocks I threw them on my design wall. It then occurred to me that this pattern would look really good with just three fabrics, one background and two contrasting colors. I've got all my strip sets cut so I'm going scrappy, but keep that in mind if you decide to make this pattern.
We thought it would be fun to each do a tutorial this week on a technique required to make one of the patterns in the book. For my tutorial, I'm going to explain how to use Monique's Fit to be Geese rulers.
My pattern does not use flying geese, but I'm such a huge fan of this method of making flying geese that I asked to do this tutorial, and since I whined and pouted about not getting to make Pinochle for the book tour, the other three ladies let me pick my favorite for the tutorial.
The Fat Quarter Winners book and the ruler both provide great directions for using the Fit to be Geese rulers. The book also provides an alternate way to make flying geese, one that does not require you to buy the Fit to be Geese rulers, which is nice, but really, once you see how easy it is to make the geese, you'll want the ruler.
So the rulers come in two sizes, regular and mini.
If you have both rulers
you can make geese ranging in size from 3/4" X 1 1/2" to 3" X 6".
For this tutorial I'm going to make the 1 1/2 " X 3" geese.
The ruler provides the fabric requirements for each unit and yields 4 geese.
I needed one 4 1/2 " square and four 2 3/4" squares of fabric.
Cut the large square diagonally twice and the small square diagonally once.
Line up the background or sky unit along the left side and bottom of the geese unit, right sides together, and sew. The side of the sky unit is supposed to hang over the top like that.
Press open, towards the background unit.
Then add the right background triangle.
And press open towards the right background triangle. If it looks a little wonky, don't worry, that's what the ruler is for.
Trim the top of the unit with the ruler placed just like this, where the rooftop fits right into that seam.
The top's done, straight and neat.
Then rotate and align the ruler again to trim each side, using the appropriate red lines on the ruler,
One wonky unit, four quick trims, and you get this,
a perfect 1 1/2" X 3" single unit.
This method suits me because you start with a piece that's a smidge big and trim it up, I like to do that whenever possible with any block that I make.
That's all there is to it, easy peasy.
These rulers are available at a quilt shop near you or from Monique's online Bundles and Bolts store.
I hope this tutorial was somewhat helpful to you, and if it was not helpful, I hope it was at least entertaining!!
A big thanks to my helpers, The Cutesters.