There came a point in time in my life when I just had to get some sewing done in order to meet my sample work deadlines. It might be weird to you, but I have been doing nothing but computer work for the last couple of weeks. And I finally told myself I had to get me to the sewing machine! So I got myself to the sewing machine…
And, lookie here at what I made? Sawtooth Stars!!! Click here if you missed my Sawtooth Star post.
There are so many ways to make the flying geese units. I generally use the no-waste method when I have to make a bunch of them. I have found the tutorial here by Patti Anderson of www.patchpieces.com helpful.
For me, it is helpful to press the seams open when I construct my flying geese units. Then, I cut off this little “nubbie” thingie so that I have more flexibility as to where I can press my seams. If the nubbie is allowed to stay, I can only press the seam to the direction where it will show the least bulk. With the nubbie out of the way, I can press the seams any direction I want, and I don’t get the “bulk” problem. So, I would carefully cut it off while I am making my flying geese unit.
Here you see the back of the flying geese unit after the nubbie is cut off.
In order for me to make sure all my points work out nicely in my Sawtooth Star blocks, I also make my units a little larger and trim them to size later. For these units, the finished size is 1 1/2″ x 3″ — so, I would make sure the valley of V in my flying geese unit falls RIGHT at 1 3/4″ on my ruler, and will cut my units to measure 2″ x 3 1/2″ raw edge to raw edge.
Another little trick I use to improve accuracy in my piecing is using finer threads. I use Aurifil Mako 50 wt threads for all my piecing. For me, the threads doesn’t take up much of an “room” when I press my seams, especially when I have to press them to one side.
My Stars for My Friends quilt is a tribute to all my friends (including you) who brighten up my life! Thanks for stopping by! I shall catch up with you later.
SO, what are the tricks you use when you make your flying geese units? Also, do you match your threads to the fabrics when you piece?