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Here we go with Lesson 2 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern. This week's blocks are the Snowball and Sawtooth Star. The lesson focuses on maintaining straight diagonal lines within and between blocks. Yes, the positioning pin can help with that also!
 

The Sawtooth Star blocks have Flying Geese (four each of two different color combinations). You may make them the way the pattern describes or use the "no-waste" Flying Geese method. One of the members provided a link for directions that includes the math. This handout happens to be the one I used when I learned this method.

http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf

Also, if you have not done so already, watch/read the five Flying Geese CT tutorials at:

www.connectingthreads.com/tutorials/quilting_tutorials.html

Mari's favorite ruler to make Flying Geese is the Flying Geese X 4 - No Math Ruler by Lazy Girl Designs. The ruler makes precise Flying Geese without having to do any math. CT also carries the Quilt-in-a-Day series  Mini-Ruler Set for making Flying Geese.

Trying different methods will help you find one works best for you. 

Some photos of member's blocks from Lesson One and photos of Lesson Two are now included in the slide show (no audio).

It's great to see members helping each other. I especially get excited when someone comments on improvements with their piecing! Keep up the great work!

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For some reason I'm not getting the picture tutorial.....I got the written intro and the PDF's but no picutre tutorial. 

OK, Ann, I printed this lesson, but have to finish #1 first. Maybe later today I can cut lesson 2!

~Hopppy quilting~

Now I am going to find my rulers from Eleanor Burns,,!!!!

Was so excited to see Lesson 2 ready for printing so I could get right to the piecing.  Just love it!  These blocks were pretty easy - only had to rip out a couple of seams and make some adjustments so my points would be "point on"! Have Flying Geese rulers but because I had my material already cut I just followed your instructions.  Now I have to wait a whole week for the next lesson.  I have plenty of projects to work on in the meantime.  And of course I can always make practice blocks to use when I need samples to test my free-motion quilting.  Thanks again for such a great Quilt-Along.  Have a super week!

Absolutely love these fabrics!

This looks so sharp!  I love Daisies.  I chose to make my tutorial with the Audrey's Kitchen collection.  I bought 1/2 yards from Connecting Threads in 2008 or 9.  Been saving it for just the right project.  Keep up the good work.

I really like the large daisys mixed with the green polka dot...looks so fresh and springy. 

These fabrics make me smile. What fun!

Carol H, I love your fabrics, straight diagonal lines and enthusiasm! Perhaps you can try some other Flying Geese methods and let us know which you like best. It is worth trying the "no-waste" method if you have not already.

I'm so excited about this tutorial,  Ann's "Perfect Points Sampler: Ann's Thoughts on Precision Piecing" article really spoke to me.  I hope to start on this project soon and told all my quilting friends about it.  I happen to have Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper ruler already in my quilting arsenal and plan to use that.  It uses the same no waste flying geese method.  This is such a pretty pattern to get to learn on!  Thanks so much to Ann and the folks at Connecting Threads.  

Carol, your points look perfect!  Love the fabrics too.

Jan, are you able to see the slide show (no audio) when you go the Perfect Points Quilt Along?

The pictures in the slide show are from the Perfect Points and the Positioning Pin tutorial which you can download as a PDF from the Discussion Forum for Feb.28th. We posted them as a slide show because some members complained they couldn't see the details clear enough when they printed the tutorial PDF. If you printed the Perfect Points and the Positioning Pin tutorial, you have all the pictures. Hope that helps.

Thanks Ann,

Now that I know there won't be a slide show with each weeks lesson I'm good to go. 

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