Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Scrappiness Is Happiness Week 13

Lori Holt has a section in her Scrappiness Is Happiness book that teaches her short cut methods for making flying geese, half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles and square-in-a-square.  The technique for some units involve making them larger, then cutting them down.  However, the process she uses for making flying geese is not designed in this fashion. The cutting instructions provided in the book yield the exact size unit you need for whatever the block pattern requires.

Week 13’s block for the Scrappiness Is Happiness QAL is Lori’s Shortcut Star Block.  I followed the instructions in the book and produced the most hideous looking block I’ve made since I began my quilting journey.



The flying geese are too small. My seam allowance hasn't changed, it is the same for all the blocks I've constructed so far. I just do not think Lori's method works for me.

I remembered my friend Gene Black has a YouTube video on how to make flying geese where you cut the unit down after piecing it together.  See his video here.


I completely remade the block using Gene's method and with great success. It measures exactly 10 ½”, which is correct.


Then I recalled picking up a couple of project boxes from our storage unit when I was in Florida recently.  Guess what?!?



Yup, this one is almost six years old! I was beginning to make what Gene calls flying stars.  They are sawtooth stars made with flying geese units.


The fabrics are some leftover Bonnie & Camille called Miss Kate. Looks like there are several blocks already cut out and ready for a night of steady chain-piecing.

I did find one block that clearly doesn’t measure up and will find its way into the quilt backing.


Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  We were forecast for snow, but alas, no more


See you soon…




Gene Black said...

Wow! I don't even remember making that video. Ha ha. I am glad it helped you, though.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

It's funny how sometimes other people's methods just don't work for us! I'm glad you found a way that did work. And in the meantime, you found a new/old project to work on! Enjoy!

Julierose said...

I hate how that happens! But good that you had an older method that worked for your block...this will be a lovely quilt. Snow forecast here today later on; but temp is now 37 so I have my doubts and we will get rain again.
Hugs, Julierose

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Your block looks great - I'm glad Gene's video helped you - ;))

Astrid said...

It is true sometimes one method won't work for us while another one does. I usually do Gene's method, which works well. Glad it worked for you, your block looks great.

Kyle said...

It's finding the method that works best for you. Glad you did

Angie said...

Yup, finding the method that works best for you is the trick to happy piecing. Glad you found something that makes your blocks sing!

Rosemary Dickinson said...

I have Doug Leko's Tabletastic books. I really love his patterns. Isn't it fun to find projects you forgot about?? I found a few surprises when I remodeled my sewing room last year. I'm glad I went through all my supplies.

www.self-sufficientsam.blogspot.com said...

I started following Gene as i need all the help I can get! LOL! Thank you for the heads up about Lori's method. Your block looks great!