Mardie (Happy Birthday, Mardie) shared with me that Rachel Graham is in another quilt group that did Dutchman's Puzzle last month. You may choose to check it out. But, keep in mind that the measurements on our finished block is 12.5 squared. The other group's Dutchman measured 14" squared. Because, I have never put together a tutorial before, I decided to MIMIC/STEAL/Plagiarize her tutorial with a few exceptions including that I will show you how to put together your Flying Geese in an assembly line. So here goes-
Dutchman's Puzzle in Aqua and Lime
Description of Pattern:
This block consists of eight FLYING GEESE. You see in the upper left quadrant of the block, the FLYING GEESE pair are pointed north. In the upper right quadrant, the FLYING GEESE pair are pointed east. In the bottom right quadrant the FLYING GEESE pair are pointed south. And in the bottom left quadrant, the FLYING GEESE pair are pointed west. This block is constructed using 3 fabric choices that coordinate, but are different enough to show off this classic pattern. Then, a white on white fabric will provide a nice background that frames the beauty of your fabric selections. ...feeling the pressure? he he he =)
12 - 3.5 inch squares (White on White Fabric) (Background)
4 - 3.5 inch squares (Coordinating Fabric A) (Center Mini Pinwheel)
4 - 3.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles (Coordinating Fabric B) (Larger Pinwheel)
4 - 3.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles (Coordinating Fabric C)
Aqua Blue and Lime Green. You may choose all prints or a mixture of solids and prints. You may choose to use a print that has both aqua and lime in it, like I did for the rectangles. And then something solid for your center mini pinwheel. Or you may choose to use another print for the center. You may notice that my Fabric B has a slight amount of Hot Pink in it. I welcome any extra Spring-Like color, as long as aqua and lime are portrayed as the thematic colors.
Finished block is 12.5 inches square.
Sew right sides together unless otherwise stated.
1/4" seam allowances on everything.
Let's Get Started.
1) Cut all your squares AND rectangles. This photo only shows the squares. I have organized them to get them ready to pair up with my rectangles. They are anxiously waiting.
You may choose to lay out your rectangles and pair them up with your squares to get a handle on what's about to happen. Keep in mind your 2 upper left quadrant rectangles will point north, etc... (see Description of Pattern) You may decide to skip this organizational step.
2) Take your squares. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each 3.5 inch square.
3) Organize and Layout all pieces. Give each rectangle (Fabric C) 2 background White of White (WOW) squares. Be sure to lay the fabric right sides together.
Give each rectangle (Fabric B) 1 WOW square and one (Fabric A) square. Be sure to lay your fabric right sides together. Also, be sure to line up your (Fabric A) square so that it will end up in the center of your Dutchman's Puzzle.
Here is a picture of my rectangles with the appropriate squares placed over them. I have laid them out in their proper places, so that my assembly line will work as smooth as silk.
4) Begin Assembly Line. I choose the top left rectangle. I place the right square on my table to wait patiently until I'm ready to sew ALL my right squares to my rectangles. I line up my left square with the left side of the rectangle. I choose to slightly press it. I think it helps keep it in place while I'm sewing.
5) Attach the left square to the rectangle by sewing on the line.
After attaching this left square stitch a few stitches. Then, bring another rectangle with another left square to your machine. Making sure your needle is up, lift the foot. Gently, place another rectangle and square under your needle. Again, sew on the line. Stitch a few stitches between each rectangle to be sure that you give ample room to snip them apart when you are finished attaching all left squares to all rectangles. Repeat until all rectangles have their left squares attached. Notice in this photo, I have daisy chained my rectangles together. Saves. so. much. time.
6) When all left squares are attached, snip the partial Flying Geese units from each other. Use your ruler to trim away a 1/4" from the seam. Do them all. Save your small triangles for another project. I'm thinking about using them for a cute tote for Jillian.
You should now have 8 Flying Geese Units. Congratulations! I was so happy!