my first circle of geese block - using some gorgeous pieces of peas and carrots pez by Modas "American Jane" line and the med grey from kona.
anyway, here is my little tutorial how to do this beautiful block:
1) print out this free pattern from Beth Maddocks (thanks Beth!!)
copy the pattern 1x onto the matte (not glossy) side of freezer paper. you can do this by simply laying the freezer paper on the pattern and trace the lines by using a ruler. very easy. cut out all 9 pieces carefully and exact.
the whole block has 4 parts = 4 times the above pattern - you can use your freezer paper parts for all of those, they will stick again and again after ironing them on. very cool!
2) iron the pieces onto fabric (glossy side of the freezer paper down on the left (wrong) side of the fabric) and cut out the pieces with an exact 1/4" seam allowance all around each piece.
3) sew the pieces together by numbers: start with 1 and 2, then add 3 and so on. sew next (not on) to the freezer paper, with 1/4" seam allowance
4) press open the seams after each piece. be careful just to press, don´t move the iron too much, otherwise the block will loose the right shape very easily and nothing will add up..
5) before adding new pieces make sure to cut off dogs-ears carefully. don´t cut up too much fabric while doing that, just even out the lines a bit.
6) put two parts together after cutting the matching sides carefully to get them even. again: don´t cut off too much, just get them even. this pattern/method doesn´t leave too much wiggle room, believe me..
7) tada: the finished block, all 4 parts sewn together.
now you can even out all the outer sides by cutting them, but again (sorry!!): very carefully, otherwise your 1/4" seam allowance on the sides will be gone.
finished block size: 31cm² or 12".
Don´t forget to pad yourself on the back and enjoy your beautiful new block!