Saturday, February 12, 2022

2022 Block of the Month Sampler - February


Welcome to Month Two of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild 2022 Block of the Month Sampler!

Remember to post your block to Instagram with the hashtag #stlmqgbom before the March meeting to be entered to win this month's prize. If you don't use Instagram, you may email a photo to the guild email. 

This month, we will be making the second of our two large 24-inch blocks. This block is constructed of four 12-inch sub-units, each made up of three different sizes of flying geese. Because we will need four of each size of "goose", this block lends itself well to using the 4-at-time, no waste method of constructing flying geese. You might put your block together as pictured above, but you can also consider a different arrangement when you put the sub-units together (i.e. geese pointing smallest to largest rather than largest to smallest as pictured), or you can consider a different arrangement of your sub-units in the final block. 

Let's get started!


Large Geese: 
Color 1: (1) 13 ¼" square
Background: (4) 7" squares

Medium Geese: 
Color 2: (1) 9 ¼" square
Background: (4) 5" squares
                      (8) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

Small Geese: 
Color 3: (1) 5 ¼" square
Background: (4) 3" squares
                      (8) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles


These direction will apply for each set of four flying geese. 

1. Place two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, through both of the smaller squares. 

2. Using a *scant* ¼" seam allowance, sew on each side of the line you drew. (*note*: scant ¼" seam allowance means that you line up your drawn line with the ¼" mark on your machine but scooch it a couple of thread widths distance closer to the needle.)

Cut apart on the line. 

3. Press the small squares open (you will have a pointy heart shape). Line up your last two small squares on the bottom of each of the heart shapes, right sides together. As before, draw a diagonal line across the back of the small squares. 

4. Sew along each side of your drawn lines, again using a scant ¼" seam allowance. Cut apart on the line. 

5. Press open. TRIM large geese to 12½ x 6½, medium geese to 8½ x 4½ and small geese to 4½ x 2½ inches. Sew background rectangles (4½ x 2½) to each side of the small and medium flying geese. 

6. Put together a large, medium, and small goose to form one 12½" sub-unit of this block. 

7. Decide on the arrangement for your block and sew together sub-units to make a 24½" unfinished block. 


8. STLMQG MEMBERS: post your finished block to Instagram using the hashtag #stlmqgbom or email the guild to be entered for a monthly participation prize!

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