Sewing on the bias has been something I would really rather avoid at all costs. Adding a little bit of texture or some other tactile element has been something I love to find a way to incorporate into quilt blocks. 3D flying geese have become my absolute favorite thing to sew lately. One little seam lets you create a perfectly pointed piece with a little pocket of love—and all you have to cut are squares and rectangles! They are so easy to make. Here is the step-by-step:
My little, petite geese finished off at 2.5 by 5 inches. To accomplish this you need to cut –
2 – 3″ x 3″ squares of background fabric – I used Robert Kaufman’s Kona natural
1 – 3″ x 5.5″ of your main fabric – I used Daisy Janie’s Daisies ‘n Such
Fold the rectangle, with wrong sides together, so the short ends meet. Press the fold
Layer your pieces in the following order:
Square (right side up) + folded rectangle (fold at the top and the raw edge lined up with the bottom) + square(right side down). The folded edge of the rectangle will be 1/4″ from the top of the raw edge.
Take your little bundle to the machine, without rotating it, and stitch a 1/4″ seam along the right side.
Open it like a book and press one of the squares to the side.
Now, the fun part! Nudge your finger in and open up the rectangle. It will naturally want to fold down into a triangle, go with it! Line the long raw edge of the rectangle with the bottom of your piece. Press. Admire. Make some more!
These are really fun to put together in assembly line fashion and chain piece.
P. S. If you liked this post, you'll love the Wordcraft + Right Sides Together newsletter. Get weekly blog posts and craft writing tips delivered right to your inbox! Sign up here.