May 2, 2010

circle of geese - tutorial

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.

first i tried to follow the great tutorial by Christina of The sometimes Crafter but i just couldn´t get that method although she describes it really detailed. well, you know how it is sometimes, maybe i will understand it another time. however, if you don´t understand the method i am going to show you, you should probably go over there and check out the alternative :-)

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.

circle of geese - pattern

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!


  1. I love, love, love the fabrics you chose for this block - really interesting and fun. And great job on the tutorial! :-)


    Beth Maddocks

  2. Danke für das klasse Tutorial - wie groß ist der fertige Block? die Stoff Auswahl ist wieder ganz mein Geschmack. Gruß Floh

  3. Thanks, Beth!!
    Danke, Floh!! Der fertige Block ist ca. 30cm im Quadrat.
    Viel Spaß!

  4. Sieht so gut aus, ich moechte sofort einen anfangen!

  5. Claudia,
    You have some very nice color choices on your block, I'm really liking the gray backgrounds I'm seeing. Thanks for sharing exactly what fabric you used.

    I linked to your fabulous tutorial here

    Thanks for sharing!

    Scarlett Burroughs
    Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip

  6. Na dann mal los, Danielle, das macht viel Spaß!!
    Thanks, Scarlett, how very nice of you!! The grey is the medium grey by Robert Kaufmans Kona Cotton solid line - next to the darker "coal" and the much lighter "ash" my absolute favorite at the moment..

  7. i like this's easier for me...thank you for sharing!

  8. I found your blog by googling geese in a circle. I want to give it a try. thanks for sharing your tutorial.

    by the way, I love your blog name. I just figured it out. Veilen Dank.

  9. Danke für die Inspiration - ich werde die Idee beim nächsten Nähtreff aufgreifen und Dir dann berichten. LG, Angelika

  10. Great alternative way to piece this! It turned out just as precise as if you had paper pieced it the other way. Great job! And great tutorial!

  11. Love this! I love circles and I love flying geese! Can you tell me the finished size of this?

  12. (I hit enter too soon!)Thanks so much! Appreciate your taking the time!

  13. Susan, this is a 12" block. Have fun!

  14. Gracias por compartir.
    un abrazo...

  15. I love your work it is beautiful
    have a good day


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