Hey, ready to gear up for a crackling good time with the July Little Quilt? Ready to infuse your world with lots of Americana revelry? This Little Quilt will do just that with all the opportunities to dip into your red, white, and blue stash, or use what comes with the July Little Quilt Kit; it’s beautiful! “Oh, say can you see, all the lovely hues bright…”
Just to let you know that we do not have any Hometown Summer fabric left. These kits are the last of the collection! A double bonus!
Here is my selection of fabrics for my July Little Quilt. As you can see they are already cut out, but where are they going in the quilt? I love a mystery and sewing something up in a new way! Hum… I wonder how this is all going to turn out…
The July Little Quilt actually uses two different Flying Geese methods. This is the first using the 4-in-1 No Math technique. I am building this quilt from the middle out, so this is the beginning of the center star. I REALLY love quilts that have stars, inside of stars, inside of stars…
So all the Bs are marked 1/4″ to the right and left of the center. Then, when I sew them. I stitch about a pencil’s width to the center of the drawn line. This leaves room for the fold and doesn’t let the unit lose size.
Cut through the middle and voila’, you have two units! Press to the Bs.
Two more marked Bs are placed in the corners of the Ds and sewn in the same way.
Then are cut apart through the center and pressed. Now we have four! I did trim off all the “ears”. They bug me 🙂
Two of the Flying Geese units just made are sewn to facing sides of the A. Can you see the star taking shape?
There are two remaining Flying Geese and an E is sewn to facing sides of them.
Then they are sewn to the emerging star! Yes, I do pin from time-to-time. I really need my seams to match. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over inside with I achieve matching seams <chuckle>.
My first star!!! Not totally perfect, but darn close!
Now it’s time for a new Flying Geese method. The first method is my favorite; this one always challenges my skills. Ugh! Well, lets do it! So, mark eight Hs once diagonally. I usually have to have my straight edge slightly to the side of the center to make room for the width of the pen or pencil used. Two Hs are used for each L. Lay an H on one end of the L with the drawn line facing the direction as shown. This part is very important.
Stitch about a pencils width to the corner side of the line. This is also so important if you want your Flying Geese to turn out perfect.
Cut the corner off leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance behind. Press away from the center.
Repeat for the other side and you have one done. Another reason I prefer the first method is that it doesn’t waste any fabric. Yeah, that’s the ticket!!! Oh, just a hint… when I sew the second H on, I start the stitch about a 1/8″ inside the line and then I back stitch to the edge and then move forward again. This stabilizes the two pieces while on top of the thick joint so the H is not pulled, stretched, or misplaced. I think that is why this particular method is so difficult to do.
A total of four is needed. Don’t they look pretty?! Love what I’m seeing so far!
Now we are building the C/E units. They will end up as 4-Patches. Chain piecing is the easiest for me.
Got ’em all done and their ready to be sewn into pairs!
Take two, turning one 180°, line up the seams, pin and sew. You’ll need four, 4-Patches.
Sew two of the Flying Geese just made to facing sides of the star! Oh, adding that red is making me excited! Am loving it!
Now, sew the 4-Patches to facing ends of the remaining two Flying Geese. Be aware to turn the 4-Patches so they look like the picture, or the design will not look right.
Sew the last two units made to facing sides of the center unit. Now we are half done! A few more stars to go and we’ll be done! That is for next time. The second half of this tutorial will go up July 6th! See you then!