Learn to Paper Piece Quilt Along: Block Three, Gaggling Geese

Thank you for joining me! I hope you’re enjoying the Learn to Paper Piece Quilt Along! Block Three is one of my favorite blocks in Learn to Paper Piece. This block is known by many different names including Flying Geese, Odd Fellows, An Effective Square, and Baltimore Belle. When it came time to name the quilt for Learn to Paper Piece, I decided on “Gaggling Geese.” A gaggle is greater than or equal to five geese. And I certainly had more than five geese. Plus, I like the way it sounded … much better than a Cluster of Geese and Flock of Geese. Besides Flock of Geese is a completely different block.

Gaggling Geese block

Gaggling Geese block

I played with the blocks and fabrics in EQ7, before deciding to make a scrappy 2-color quilt. I also decided on an unusual layout. I’m really happy with the way this quilt turned out. And, it gets lots of rave reviews! Yay!

Gaggling Geese by Nancy Mahoney

Gaggling Geese by Nancy Mahoney

When I designed “Starburst” for the Quilt Along, once again I played with the blocks to create a wonderful border. The Geese blocks are a perfect complement to the quilt center.

Starburst by Nancy Mahoney

Starburst by Nancy Mahoney

Here’s a tip to help with placement of the large white triangles. Place a triangle on the right side of the block, making sure the fabric is wrong side up. Fold the triangle in half and align the fold with the center seamline. Then unfold the triangle. You can pin the triangle in place if you want (I don’t). Flip the unit over and sew on the line. Easy Peasy!

G Geese tip

In case you’re wondering what the block would look like in a traditional layout and a dark background … here it is! I love how the black background makes the other fabrics glow! I’m adding this one to my list of someday quilts!

More Gaggling Geese by Nancy Mahoney

More Gaggling Geese by Nancy Mahoney

If you missed the yardage requirements or Blocks One and Two, visit my website for details. Look for Block Four on or before October 15. I look forward to seeing your blocks on Facebook, be sure to add the tag #learntopaperpiecequiltalong.

Happy Quilting~Nancy

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Learn to Paper Piece Quilt Along: Block Two, Lobster Stew

Welcome back to the Learn to Paper Piece Quilt Along! I love Block Two! The actual name of the block is Lobster Claw, but when I designed the quilt for Learn to Paper Piece, I renamed the block Lobster Stew. And why, you might ask, would I do that? Because this quilt is super scrappy and is made of lots of little bits … like a stew!

Lobster Stew by Nancy Mahoney

Lobster Stew by Nancy Mahoney

As much as I love the scrappy goodness in “Lobster Stew”, I decided to tone down the scrappiness (is that a word?) when I made “Starburst” for the Quilt Along. For these blocks, I used 4 different red prints in each block. But, I mixed up the red prints so the same 4 reds are not used in every block.

Lobster Stew Block

Lobster Stew Block

Here’s a tip to make centering piece 1 (on the unmarked side of the foundation) easy peasy. Make a copy of the foundation pattern from Learn to Paper Piece and trim the extra paper about 1/4″ from the outer line.

Trimmed foundation pattern for Lobster Stew

Trimmed foundation pattern for Lobster Stew

Then flip the foundation over so the unmarked side is facing up. Using a pencil and looking through the paper, place a dot on each corner of piece 1. The dots indicate the finished size of piece 1. Then draw lines 1/4″ from the dots to indicate the seam allowances for piece 1.

Draw lines 1/4" from the marked dots.

Draw lines 1/4″ from the marked dots.

Using a water-soluble glue stick, place a dab of glue in the center of the marked square. Then center your fabric square, right side up, over the marked lines. As long as you can’t see any of the marked lines, you’ll have at least a 1/4″ seam allowance all around piece 1.

Center fabric square over marked lines.

Center fabric square over marked lines.

Here’s another fabric placement tip. When adding black pieces 14-17, center the long side of the triangle on top of the white piece, making sure you have a generous 1/4″ at the top as shown below. After stitching and pressing each piece, trim the block to measure 5-1/2″ square.

lobster stew outer pieces

If you missed the yardage requirements or Block One, visit my website for details. Look for Block Three on or before September 15. I look forward to seeing your blocks on Facebook, be sure to add the tag #learntopaperpiecequiltalong.

Happy Quilting~Nancy

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