For Paper Pieced Flying GeeseDownload the Flying Geese Template. Print 20 paper foundations and cut out each a little beyond its outermost lines. Print at 100% or templates will be off.
Gather the (80) 1-5/8" x 2-5/8" black rectangles and the (160) golden yellow triangles cut from 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" squares.
- Place a black rectangle right side UP on the reverse (unprinted) side of a foundation, centering it within the area that says "start here." Hold in place with a pin or a dab of gluestick.
- Hold the unit up to the light, front (printed) side facing you. The shadow of the rectangle should overlap all lines for the shape including the outermost template lines underneath and to the sides of the patch.
- Turn the template/fabric over and place a golden yellow triangle right side down, centering it and aligning its long edge to overlap (about 1/4") the angled line that defines the right side of the first geese (use a straight pin to locate the line, poking through it from the opposite side).
The drawing shows transparent patches to give you a view of the foundation; the lines will not be as vivid, since you are arranging fabrics on the unprinted side.
- Hold fabrics in place and turn foundation over. Sew on the angled line over patches, beginning and ending a few stitches on either side.
- Trim the seam allowance and flip the yellow triangle right side up.
- Repeat to add a second triangle to the opposite side of the black rectangle.
- Place a rectangle right side down, its top edge overlapping the horizontal line above the first geese area by about 1/4".
- Sew on the line. Trim seam allowance and flip the rectangle up. It should extend past the outermost template lines and the horizontal line above it.
- Add side rectangles.
- Continue adding triangles and rectangles. Press. Cut through all layers on the outermost lines. Make 20 units.