March Little Quilt
2.16.2015

March Mini Quilt Fab

Are you ready for the March Little Quilt? I love this Little and it is especially wonderful because it provides a place to showcase a favorite motif. The collection, Spring Terrace, is a super choice of fabric. It is so cheery! I especially love the center fabric with all its flourishes and how it ties in the outer Flying Geese. Let’s begin the project…

MLittle 1

I chose to make the tutorial sample out of Maison de Provence. The beautiful rich, saturated colors were particularly appealing to me.

Here are my cuts for the first half of the quilt. These are the pieces for the Flying Geese and cornerstones.

MLittle 2

Each of the “wings” of the Geese are marked once diagonally. I like to use the Micron marking pen as most of my fabrics are dark and the ink will leave a line I can see easily. The 6″ Omnigrid ruler is quite useful for this exercise.

MLittle 3

Place two “wing” pieces in opposite diagonal corners of the geese square creating a continuous drawn line. Sew 1/4″ on each side of the center line.

MLittle 3B

Cut apart on the drawn line.

MLittle 4

Press the “wing” fabric away from the “geese” fabric. Lay another “wing” fabric in the remaining corner of the cut unit.

MLittle 3A

Sew 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line.

MLittle 5

Cut apart on the drawn line.

MLittle 6

Press “wings” away from the “Geese”. I also cut off the “ears” from each unit.

MLittle 7

This process will result in four Flying Geese.

MLittle 8

Continue making the Flying Geese until you have eight of each color way.

MLittle 9

Sew one of each Flying Geese together to make one Flying Geese unit. You will need to make eight of these units.

MLittle 10

Sew two Flying Geese units together. Make four.

MLittle 11

Sew a cornerstone to facing ends of a Flying Geese unit. Make two.

The final segment to this tutorial will available March 2nd.


18 comments

  1. Meredith - February 16, 2015

    That is the most efficient way of making flying geese that I have ever seen. It makes me want to try this!

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    • Mari - February 17, 2015

      Meredith, it is my “go-to” method and the one that gives me the most perfect FG. FG are so challenging to make but this technique works the best for me.

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  2. Amanda Best - February 17, 2015

    I love that method for making flying geese! It is the only way I can get them to come out to the correct size.
    Lovely little mini!

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    • Mari - February 17, 2015

      Amanda, thank you! Yes, it is the best method for me and the one I have the best luck with. Thank you for your comment!

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  3. Marilyn Lessner - February 17, 2015

    I have not tried this method before, but I was intending to try it even before you showed it here. It looks like the best way to get the most accurate blocks. Besides, even if I have a few left over, we quilters never throw any scraps away!

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    • Mari - February 17, 2015

      Marilyn, in this pattern you will not have any leftover FG. I’ve used this method many times and rarely do I have left overs. The only drawback about the technique is it’s hard to use it for a scrappy quilt.

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  4. carol - February 17, 2015

    love theway to do this, but cant save it to refer to. would wish you all would use a pdf sp a customer could save it as a reference tool

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    • Mari - February 17, 2015

      Carol, I’m not sure what the problem is as other people have saved it for reference later. However, this tutorial will be available here for a very, very long time. Thank you for your comment!

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      • Marcia - March 1, 2015

        I copy and paste tutorials like this into Word, and I can resize the photos there to make them easier to print or easier to see.

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  5. Darla Zimmer - February 18, 2015

    I’m anxious to make this little quilt. When will the pattern be available for purchase? I’ve decided to pull from my stash to make these.

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    • Mari - February 19, 2015

      Hello Darla ~
      Each of the Little Quilt patterns are available the first Monday of the month. Thanks for you question! So glad you want to participate!

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  6. J. Marcus Weekley - February 19, 2015

    Mari,

    Thank you for the FG tutorial offering an interesting way to create consistent geese; I’ll have to try it, then post photos of my efforts.

    Happy Sewing!

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    • Mari - February 19, 2015

      Thanks for your comment J Markus! This is my favorite method for FG. I’d love to hear about your experience with it and see your success!!

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  7. Cora - February 21, 2015

    Trying to find the download for March Little Quilt. So far all the links and searches lead me to buy the quilt. How do I navigate to the download page?

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    • Cora - February 21, 2015

      OOps I’ve answered my own question. It is not available till the first week of March.

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      • Cora - March 2, 2015

        OK, it is March 2nd and I HAVE the pattern download for March Little Quilt. Oh Joy!!

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    • Mari - February 23, 2015

      Cora, no problem. I glad you got your answer!

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  8. Linda Christianson - February 24, 2015

    I have a request, how about next year have a year on borders and books on the subject? I do see more quilts without any borders-modern? I have been having fun going through my scrapes and finding a showpiece for the center for March mini. I sure have bought a lots of CT fabric, since CT started Quilt With US. Thanks to everyone. I may slow down on the buying, but I sure have not stopped quilting.

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