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Took my 1st quilting class about 16 years ago. Still consider myself a beginner because I have not finished very many quilts. Love quilts. Love the history.Enjoy the hand work more than relating to the machine.
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quilting, applique, hand quilting, general sewing, knitting, gardening
My pets are awesome!
None of my own. I'm enjoying the ones that belong to my friends right now. That makes for a lot of variety, cats, dogs, horses.

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At 1:00pm on October 20, 2011, Cat Lady--MO said…
Repetition is the best way to learn.  Just wish I had enough time and energy to sit down at the machine, or even with fabric needle and thread every day.  Seems like after I have finished work and errands I am done for.
At 4:10pm on October 16, 2011, Cat Lady--MO said…

Mary, I guess I have been doing this for awhile and so some of that math comes naturally.  My high school geometry teacher would be amazed at how much algebra and geometry I have been using at this time in my life.

The formula for making half-square triangle blocks is to take the size of the finished block and add 7/8 to it.

So, if you were making a 3 inch finished half square triangle (HST) block, you would cut your square at 3 7/8 inches, and then once on the diagonal.

For the simple method of making Flying Geese, remember that they are almost always twice as wide as they are high.  So if I needed a Flying Geese block to go with my 3-inch finished HST block, the finished block would probably be 3" x 6".  I would add the 1/2" for the seam allowance, and cut the larger rectangle at 3 1/2" by 6 1/2".  The two smaller squares would each be cut at 3 1/2".

Hope that helps.

Yes, I remember those old Batman shows.  Wish today's shows could be so funny without being so vulgar!


At 8:20am on October 16, 2011, Cat Lady--MO said…
Glad I was able to help again.
At 2:23pm on September 10, 2010, Cat Lady--MO said…
Mary, your block looks great. You are right, the rest will be easier. Just remember though, there are times when all of us have to use that seam ripper, and even then sometimes things do not work out as well as we would like. I enjoy making Flying Geese, and when I can will substitute them as I do not like to have more seams in a quilt than I deem necessary, especially if I will be hand quilting.
At 6:43am on September 9, 2010, Cat Lady--MO said…
Mary, look forward to seeing your block. Glad my directions made sense to you.
At 1:54pm on September 8, 2010, Cat Lady--MO said…
A six inch block divided into four sections. That means that your four corner squares, and the two plain squares in the center of the star all finish at 1.5-inches, meaning they are cut at 2" square.

The HST blocks need to be cut at 2 3/8" (1.5 + 7/8= 1 11/8= 2 3/8)

Flying geese components finish at 3" by 1.5". If you use the method where you take a rectangle and add a square sewn diagonally on each corner (the simple method in the tutorials), then the rectangle will need to be cut at 3.5" x 2" and the two squares will each be cut at 2-inches square.

Hint, whenever I am sewing a flying geese unit to another patch, I try to sew with the flying geese unit on the top. If you look you can see where the two seams cross to make the 1/4" point. Try to aim your needle to hit just on the seam side of those crossing threads. That way your goose point should not get sewn under.

Hope this helps. If not, let me know.
Yes, it would make a nice looking quilt. I love star quilts, and I can see this one done up in scraps with each block being different.

The quilt show is really sponsored by another group here in town in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Board. But the hosting group is so small (and getting older every year) that some of us in another group help them out as much as we can. I was there primarily to help sell tickets/opportunities for my group's opportunity quilt. And yes, some of the quilts were quite inspirational.
At 6:36am on September 7, 2010, Cat Lady--MO said…
Let me know what size your finished star block is supposed to be and I can get back to you on the sizes for the HST and Flying Geese components.
At 6:33am on September 7, 2010, Cat Lady--MO said…
Hi Mary. Thank you for your kind "honking" words of encouragement. And thank you for the "friends" invite, I gladly accepted. I am done working at a local Labor Day weekend quilt show and hope to get back to some more serious sewing. Still have a number of computer related catch-ups to do, most of which are household related. Will be checking on line more frequently again, as I often use this site as a respite from what ever else I am doing. Talk to you later.
At 1:44pm on August 18, 2010, Cat Lady--MO said…
Mary, when you get back, just give me a holler, and maybe we can look at the block you are making together. I enjoy helping others when I can.
At 9:58pm on August 17, 2010, colorado13 said…
Hi, Mary! Glad to have you on QWU!

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