What a month! How is everyone doing? Well, we hope! And we hope that in hard times, this project has been a little bit of fun for you to look forward to. Don’t forget to share your blocks with us on social media and take some time to share encouraging comments with the other participants! Now more than ever, social media is such a wonderful way to connect.
Our block this month consists of some flying geese units with an outer border. It gives us a cute little glimpse of our screen printed fabrics in the upper right corner.
While making your flying geese units, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure you end up with a unit that is the right measurements and also has straight sides and 90-degree corners.
Make sure that you place your Color 2 and Color 3 squares properly on top of your Color 5 rectangle. The three outside edges of both pieces should all line up nicely. If your square is offset at all, your seam will not be at a 45-degree angle and your finished unit will not be straight.
Second (and for the same reason) you need to sew directly on the line you drew in step 1, particularly in the corners as you start and finish the seam. This keeps your seam at a good 45-degree angle.
Finger pressing your diagonal seams before you press with your iron helps keep you from stretching the bias and distorting your block.
Flying geese made using the method in this pattern usually don’t need trimming, but if you’re unsure you can use a ruler to double check your dimensions. The unit should measure 4 ½” x 8 ½”, and the point of your unit should be right in the middle (at the 4 ¼”mark) and ¼” down from the top edge of the unit. That way when you add a seam, the point will hit right along it!
When sewing your flying geese units together, place them so you can see the back of the unit that has the point that you will be stitching near. Take care to not sew through this point as you make your seam.
Don’t forget to share your blocks online!
Guidelines to enter your sewn blocks into our quarterly challenge (and win prizes on Instagram and Facebook)
- Between the 1st and the 7th day of each month, you’ll find the pattern for that month’s block and select your fabrics.
- Between the 8th and the 14th, you’ll get your fabrics prepped and cut.
- Between the 15th and the end of each month, sew up your block and post it to Instagram (please use the #qp2020sewalong hashtag) or to the Facebook group (using the same #qp2020sewalong hashtag).
Rules for entering your sewn blocks to win prizes online
- When you post a photo of your block on Instagram or in our Facebook group by each deadline set for the month (between the 15th and the end of the month), you’ll be entered into a quarterly drawing for some great prizes from our sponsors.
- You must tag @thequiltersplanner on IG and @QuiltersPlanner on Facebook with your entry and use the hashtag #qp2020sewalong hashtag so we can track your entry.
- Each month’s entry must be posted by 11:59pm on the last day of the month Central Time to be eligible. Each month you post will be counted as one entry for that quarter’s drawing.
- If you win the quarterly prize, you will be eligible to win again at 6 months, and 12 months, if you complete and enter each month’s block on time.
- Some prizes may not be available for participants outside the US due to shipping costs. Winners will be contacted via social media and asked to provide email address and shipping address.
- If a prize alternative is required, it will be sent via email.
- If you do not receive your prize within one month, please contact us at email@example.com so we can contact prize sponsors and help coordinate a new shipment.
- These contests are not affiliated with Instagram or Facebook in any way.