Marny here…I've been working with Flying Geese units lately. Lots of them!! My method of choice is to mark appropriately sized squares on the diagonal, orient them correctly and then place them on either end of the rectangle of the goose, stitch on the diagonal line, and cut away the unnecessary portion. Unfortunately this "wastes" what is essentially an unsewn and imprecise half square triangle unit. But maybe it isn't so unfortunate afterall…
|Here are 24 good sized sets of the aforementioned units.|
They are pairs of matched triangles with a 90 degree corner
and a wobbly diagonal cut across them.
(Unhappily I have 96 small ones waiting to be dealt with too.)
|Chosen corner on the ruler marked with blue painter's tape. Relying on memory from pair to pair would surely lead to mistakes.|
|Trimmed each pair.|
|Pressed seams open gently. |
Amazingly enough they now measure 5 ½" square.
|Cut a 5 ½" square of a coordinating solid in a different value for each unit. Drew a line from corner to corner. It works well to have a light, medium and dark value for this idea to work.|
|It is important to place the square with the diagonal line on top of the half square triangle unit oriented as shown.|
|Chain piece again…|
|…stitching ¼" on either side of the pencil line.|
|Cut on the pencil line.|
|Two new units result from each of eight triangle pairs. One of the units will be like those on the left and the other will be like those on the right. They are mirror images of one another when placed as above.|
|This shows the cream and the floral alternating. This is too busy and not a clean or graphic enough statement for my taste.|
Hopefully I will get to the remaining 16 sets of coordinating triangles and a fun project might result. I'll keep you posted. Maybe you have some leftovers or stash you could play chevron with!
(Not sure if I will ever brave the 96 small pairs sitting on my shelf, but they keep annoying me with their whispers of "waste not want not".)