Flying Geese with Paper Pieced Cornerstones
|Robert Kaufman sponsored guild quilt made with Carolyn Friedlander Botanics fabrics|
The May round consists of 36 Flying Geese with Paper Pieced Cornerstones. By piecing the flying geese using the 4 at a time method, it goes quite quickly!
Before you start, your Medallion should measure 36.5 inches square.
1.) Make 36 flying geese that measure 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches. A variety of methods are outlined below, please use what works best for you.
- 4 at a Time Method
Cut (9) 5 3/4 inch squares in your "geese" fabric
Cut (36) 3 3/8 inch squares in your background fabric
You want finished 4.5 inch x 2.5 inch flying geese. Using the above measurements and the 4 at a time method you will trim off a decent amount, but will have lovely accurate points when the next round is stitched on;
So this is how I trim them down to ensure that my points will not later get lost:
On the point side, only take off the barest sliver to get the edge straight.
On the opposite side, trim off a bigger piece so that it now measures 2.5 inches wide.
Then you can just trim the other sides evenly down to 4.5 inches.
- 1 at a Time Method
- Paper Pieced Method
Download the flying geese paper pieced pattern here. Click on the down arrow near the top left to download. You will need 12 copies total (not 11). Thanks to Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts for designing the patterns.
Don't know how to paper piece? There are lots of tutorials online. Here's a video from the blog Ellison Lane that is pretty clear. Plus, here are some paper-piecing tips and tricks from Cath.
2.) Make (4) 2.5 inch square cornerstones. Download the paper piecing template for the cornerstones here.
3.) Stitch 9 geese together, side to side, using 1/4 inch seams. Do this 4 times.
4.) For two of these strips, attach corner stones to each end.
5.) Your starting medallion should measure 36.5 inches square. Attach the strips without cornerstones to opposite sides of your medallion. Iron your seams whichever way seems to reduce bulk the best for you. I attached my strips so that the flying geese are flying "out" away from the center, but you could point them "in" towards the center if you like.
6.) Attach your strips with cornerstones to the other sides, again ironing seams in whichever way reduces bulk best for you.
7. Your medallion should now measure 40.5 inches square.
|Mary Ann's Medallion|
Customize Your Medallion Further!
- Use a different technique to make your flying geese, such as the provided Paper Piecing pattern
- Add a solid rectangle or square in between each goose (so you can make less geese!)
- Make plain cornerstones or a cornerstone pattern of your choice