Stash Project Instructions 1

Don’t forget to refer to Patti Anderson’s tutorial for making flying geese.

Remember that this is a stash project!  Use as many different fabrics as you choose.  Also, “brightly colored stash fabric” is my term for the fabrics I’m using along with my background fabric.  Use any fabric selection you choose and use it in place of the “brightly colored stash fabric”.

1.  Cut 12 – 9-1/4″ background squares.

2.  Cut 48 – 4-7/8″ brightly colored stash fabric squares.

3.  Using a 9-1/4″ background square and four – 4-7/8″ brightly colored stash square.

4.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 4-7/8″ squares.  Lay two 4-7/8″ squares on opposite corners of the 9-1/4″ square, right sides together.  (These two squares will not end up in the same flying geese unit).  Sew 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line.  If you made a sample before starting this project, you know whether you need to make a full 1/4″ seam or a scant 1/4″ seam.

5. Cut on the drawn line.  Press the points out (away from the background fabric).

6.  Lay a third 4-7/8″ square on the remaining background corner of one of the units just made.  Sew 1/4″ on both sides of the drawn line.

7.  Cut on the drawn line.  Press the points out and you’ll have two flying geese units.

8.  Be careful when pressing these units.  It’s easy to stretch those diagonal seams.  You may end up with a slightly curved edge.  If this happens, hold one corner at a time, press out along that seam line until your piece is straight.  These pieces should measure 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ unfinished.

9.  Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to end up with four flying geese from each 9-1/4″ background square/4-7/8″ brightly colored squares.

10.  You will need 48 of these flying geese units.


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    Pretty quilt! It would be great for stashbusting! I don’t think I am going to do it right now, I am trying desperately to catch up some. BUT, it sure is tempting, lol.

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    I had to come get my ad fix this morning….I love the Cadillac jackets in the ad under Quilt Wreath. lol…every husband needs one I think.

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    I have a big bucket of batiks I never know what to do with — might have to rethink my decision to pass on this quilt. Your stars just *sparkle*!

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    I’m trying to resist this … really I am. Maybe I should forget about grocery shopping and errand running today and play instead.

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    I’ve copied the instructions but won’t allow myself to start yet. I’m trying to discipline myself not to have too many projects going at once. You make it hard to stick to my reslove, Judy! I love this design and it doesn’t appear too difficult. I want to give that flying geese method a try.

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    Mary Lea says

    I have the Fusion collection but now someone said something about Batiks…so what to do. We are going out of town this weekend so I will start on Monday. I don’t see where it says how much background we need…did I miss that?

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    Not that I need another project, but I want to try the “no-waste” Flying geese. So, I’ll find some various BG scraps and the colors I want to use and start cutting, right? One step at a time. I know just the fabrics I want to use, my FAV fabrics [Quilters shades plus] that are now discontinued at my former FAV store, (I use to work there, it closed) :(((
    BTW, I love the little purple block that appears when I post a comment here.

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    I think that I’m going to start on this right away. I can’t wait to see some finished blocks.I certainly have enough brights. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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    Laura says

    This is a beautiful design. Thank you so much for sharing. Now to the stash and maybe a little shopping trip!

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    Since all the cutting happens along the diagonals, the exposed edge is still straight grain (not a bias edge) – or have I got it all wrong? 🙂
    Thanks for the project instructions, Judy – I’ve started two that I haven’t completed. But this is looking so good, I may add to the list. 🙂

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    2 hours and 21 minutes more work……20 mile snowy commute home…..the kids can have cold cereal for dinner because Mama’s gonna be sewing.

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    Okay, Judy. Got my flying geese done, trimmed and ready to go to the next step. I’ve posted pictures on my blog. These were really fun to make. I hadn’t used this method before. Only got one square sewn on backwards that I had to rip out and resew. 🙂

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    I’m in on this project. I’ve been cutting strips last night/this am. This will be a healing quilt, as I had to put down Peepers (my cat) this morning. He had an auto-immune disease and stopped eating. I’m SO sad, but maybe the bright colors will help cheer me up.

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    Nita who cooked Crawfish Bisque for you says

    This is a beautiful star design, looks like a few of us are going to be in on it.
    Thanks for the quilts for the orphanage. Nita M.

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    June says

    I cant wait to make this quilt I HAVE to finish the one on the machine first …DARN the luck I am trying to fiqure out how to print the patterm out ???????

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    I am finished with step one and almost finished with step two WHAT FUN !! I am Looking forward to step 3. When will that be ?