Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Sometimes you have to sneak up on them. Sometimes you need to beat them into submission. Those flying geese, that is. The fabric variety. Or, perhaps, it is the quilter who needs to be beaten?

<–Flying Geese, 1980.

Flying Geese, today –>

You see, in 1980 it didn’t occur to me that there needed to be points on the center triangles. DUH! For some reason, triangles were (and still are, sometimes) difficult. My secret, though it takes time, is to paper piece the little buggers (see sample below).

If you have never made flying geese before, I highly recommend paper piecing. It makes for very perfect, pointed triangles every time. These strips will be 62 inches long when finished. Today’s four hours of sewing yielded about 48 inches. I will finish one strip tonight, then will have three more strips to go, soon.

Yes, a big stick is the trick for me… it’s called a YARD stick! It makes a great sewing tool.


5 thoughts on “Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

  1. I'm a new quilter (working on finishing up quilt #4, quilt #3 in progress, quilts #1 and #2 not quilted) and points of any kind are a challenge for me. It's inspiring to see your improvement!


  2. Just read your post about health care….I too am amazed how folks make opinions without facts.

    Have you tried Marti Michell's templates for flying geese…..well and everything else too.
    they are fantastic…..perfect geese every time.
    I love them and use them constantly.

    Happy sewing


  3. Rosa, I think 25+ years demands improvement, don't you? LOL Kim, I haven't tried Marti Michell's templates… I should do that. Paper piecing is tedious, though it gets good results.


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