Susan and I Welcome You Back to the Winter Walk in the Woods Sew Along!
Happy New Year!
Thanks so much for joining us as we work our way through this Winter Walk adventure over the next few weeks.
Welcome back to the Winter Walk in the Woods Quilt Along! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year Celebration. My family had a quiet day with a walk on the beach, sharing our hopes and dreams for 2022. I hope your day was just as magical!
This week we are going to jump right in and start sewing blocks for our quilt. Gather up your background fabric, and Creams 1-5 that you identified last week and we will get started!
Note on directions and cutting: Due to the construction of the quilt, each section or type of block will have individual cutting instructions. To make best use of your fabric, use any scraps you might have available first and then cut the indicated pieces and strips needed.
Block #1: Flying Geese
4” x 8” finished. 4 ½” x 8 ½” unfinished
CREAM PRINT #1: Cut (3) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles [a].
CREAM PRINT #2: Cut (5) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles [a].
CREAM PRINT #3: Cut (4) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles [a].
CREAM PRINT #4: Cut (5) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles [a].
CREAM PRINT #5: Cut (3) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles [a].
BACKGROUND: Cut (5) 4 ½” strips. Cut into (40) 4 ½” squares [b].
Step 1: Using SEW AND FLIP [also known as STITCH & FLIP if you are not familiar] and [a/b] make flying geese blocks as shown in the photos. This basic block method is one we will be using throughout [it is also Joanna’s favorite method in her patterns so if you are at all familiar with her patterns, you will be well versed in SEW & FLIP].
Make (20) flying geese blocks total.
TIP: To make final assembly easier, group your flying geese blocks according to Cream Print. Relabel them Cream Print #1-5, and store them in your project bag or container for future assembly into the quilt.
We love the SEW AND FLIP method for making flying geese because of the accuracy and ability to quickly see (and make adjustments!) if your piecing is off. One of the down sides of this method is that there is some fabric waste.
Since the pieces were a generous size, we opted to sew our trimmings into half square triangles and square them up to 3 ¾” square (3 ½” will work if you can’t squeeze out 3 ¾”). If you want to do the same, please do!
Susan just might be sharing a small bonus project using them in the next couple of weeks!
See you all next week with the second set of cutting and piecing info!
Susan and Joanna
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