Updated: Feb 17, 2021
Hello everyone and thank you for following my blog. I have exciting news to share. I will be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2021. This will be a fun adventure as I will be posting projects each month using beautiful fabrics from Island Batik along with their contributing sponsor's products from Hobbs Batting, Accuquilt, Aurifil Threads and Schmetz Needles.
Each month I will have a challenge to complete involving the use of these products. This month, I have been challenged to make a placemat. I can use any technique and various fabrics from Island Batik. I chose to use their blenders (BE24-C1 Marble-Candy, BE24-G2 Marble-Frog, Bubble Gum Basics, Chedder Basics, Cherio-Bermuda-BE, BE22-B2 Dandelion-Plum) and neutral black which are available all year round and coordinate beautifully with many other fabrics. I also used rainbow variegated 3817 and black 2692 Aurifil thread as well as black 80/20 from Hobbs batting.
I chose to make no waste flying geese in rainbow colors with a black background fabric in my placemats. Below I have shown the steps to make no waste flying geese as well as a formula to make different sizes. This information can be found in many blogs and books throughout the internet. This technique is common in quilting and can be seen in many quilts. I also chose to topstitch my placemats with variegated rainbow and black Aurifil 50 weight thread. I made four placemats and four matching coasters. A fun pop of color brightens up a table and is cheerful.
A formula and chart have been provided to reference when making no waste flying geese. Flying geese made where the width is two times the height of the block.
Steps To Making No Waste Flying Geese:
Cut one large square and four small squares to make four flying geese using the chart or formula to make the desired size of geese you want. Place one large square right side fabric facing up. Take two small squares and place them facing down along the edge of the square and opposite to each other (One on top and one on the bottom as shown). One of the small squares will partially overlap the other small square in the center of large square. Right sides of the fabric for the small squares and large square are facing each other (I am using batik so there is not a wrong side of the fabric.)
Draw a line down the center of the small squares (White line). Draw two lines a 1/4" out from the center line on each side(Red lines). Stitch just inside and along both red lines.
Using a rotary cutter, cut the large square in half along the center line (Figure 1). Press open the two halves (Figure 2). Each half will look like figure 2. Now place another small square on top of the newly cut half square triangle with right sides facing each other as shown. Draw a line down the center (White line). Draw two lines a 1/4" out from the center line on each side (Red lines) (Figure 2). Stitch just inside and along both red lines. Using a rotary cutter, cut along the white dotted line. Press open both halves to form two flying geese and trim dog ears. Repeat steps 1 and 2 again. From each large square and 4 smaller squares, you will get four flying geese.
Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3
Now your geese are ready for your project.