This month for the BAM BOM we have the flying geese block.
There are so many wonderful tutorials for the flying geese block both in print and online. But just in case you’d like another, here goes. I have included a pdf simplified version of these instructions here.
I’m partial to the method that allows you to create four geese squares from one square of focus fabric and leaves no waste. With the BAM block we do have some solo colors and really need to make some individual blocks as well.
If you are using the same focus fabric in multiple blocks you can use a really efficient version to put those together. Start with a 5 1/4″ square of your focus fabric and four 2 7/8″ squares of background fabric. Refer to the pdf for the layout. You will sew two small squares on the diagonal using the diagonal as your cutting line and sewing 1/4″ off either side of that cutting line. Cut those and iron open. You will now sew a square to that piece on the remaining corner of that focus fabric. Again using the diagonal of the small square as your cutting line and sewing 1/4″ off either side of that diagonal line. Cut and iron open. You should now have two geese squares. Complete for the remaining pieces for a total of four geese squares. And no wasted fabric! I just love that.
The BAM BOM block shows at least two colors that are solo and if you are following that pattern you will need to make a couple individual blocks. You will start with a 5 1/4″ x 2 5/8″ rectangle focus fabric and two 2 7/8″ squares background fabric. Again, you will use the diagonal of the small squares as your cutting line. You can choose to sew 1/4″ from cutting line on one side only to create these geese squares; BUT if you go ahead and sew both sides of that cutting line, you will end up with a lot of little half square triangles that you can use for a fun project later. Can you tell I have a hangup about wasting fabric??
Sew both of those small squares to the rectangle on the diagonal as shown in the pdf and you now have a geese square.
Here are some of my blocks in progress:
On the top photo you can see I have not sewn right of my cutting line. Normally, I do and save those for a later project. The top two photos show me creating a single geese square. The last photo is the more efficient method of creating four geese squares with no waste.
And this is the BAM BOM layout. I’m sure you can see you will be piecing these in sections. I found with this laid out on my sewing table or cutting board, it was very simple to see which sections I needed to put together first. Notice the solid rectangles of background fabric at top left of this block. I haven’t talked about those here, but they are discussed in the pdf. These are just 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.
Marty was kind enough to test my pdf for me and created the blocks below:
And my finished block is here:
I know I have really brushed over a couple sections. If you have any questions about the way these go together, please feel free to post questions here.
These were fun blocks to put together. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Remember to post to the Flickr group.