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General Supply Info:
- I use wool pressing mat, cordless iron and fabric starch
- Schmetz universal chrome needles or quilting piecing needles 75/11
- Aurifil 40 wt Mako Cotton thread, is what I sew with, I typically always use white thread.
- Clover Clips
- Sewing Pins
- Design Wall or extra piece of batting
Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a prerequisite of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book I will note any mistakes in the booklet however that I ran into when cutting my fabric choices.
Cut all the Pieces
Cut all pieces as per cutting instructions for Block one of the flying geese. Following cutting your pieces, a design wall is helpful should you be using any directional printed fabrics. A design wall, clean table or floor will do wonders when piecing this block.
How to Make the Block
- Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
- Press your seams at each step.
- You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
- When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
- Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step.
I found it 100% helpful to use the acrylic cutting pieces for postcard project #4 as tracing using paper, and cutting using paper can get annoying.
My tip is to lay all your cut pieces out to make sure your piecing them correctly, pressing these blocks out is key, as the seams got very thick. Steam, high heat and starching these seams out will be very helpful for your longarm quilter later.