Wild Geese Straight Furrows Block – part 2

I was given the chance again by the Fat Quarter Shop to work on a project. This time it’s the Wild Geese Straight Furrows quilt block. The pattern for the block can be found here.

We last left off with me ironing my half square triangle blocks. Remember, it made 24 half square triangles from each of the two fabrics I used.

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Now I pieced together the half square triangles as shown in the pattern. This made a 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ block. You need to make two of these. I made two out of each of the two fabrics I am using.

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Now it’s time to assemble the blocks. Before you do this you should square up the blocks you just made and make sure they are 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. I found I had to do some slight trimming and I snipped some loose threads.

I love the way the blocks came out and now can’t wait to see how they look in a quilt.

#fqsquiltalong #WildGeeseStraightFurrowsQuilt #classicandvintage

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Wild Geese Straight Furrows Block

I was given the chance again by the Fat Quarter Shop to work on a project. This time it’s the Wild Geese Straight Furrows quilt block. The pattern for the block can be found here.

Before I started I did order the 2″ half square triangle paper. When you choose the size size you want, you need to think of the finished size. My half square blocks with 1/4″ seam allowance would equal 2″ finished and 2 1/2″ unfinished, therefore I bought the 2″ size paper as that is the size I want my finished blocks to be.

I spent some time looking through my fabrics. I was making one block for the Fat Quarter Shop, but I knew I wanted to make an entire quilt out of the block on my own. I decided to go with a nice teal green and white. If I happen to gift the quilt it will be gender neutral.

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I cut out my pieces of fabric and half square paper. The paper is thicker than tissue paper and thinner than printer paper. You take one of your fabrics and lay it face up, then the contrasting fabric face down. Both right sides should be facing each other. Next, lay the half square paper on top and pin in place. Take it to your sewing machine and sew on all of the dotted lines. Be sure to decrease your stitch length. The paper says to a 1.6. My machine did not go to a 1.6, so I used a 1.5. I think anything close to that is okay, just as long as they are very small stitches.

I found that when cutting on the solid lines, it is best to cut away the top/bottom and sides first. Then start cutting the solid lines everywhere else.

Once you are done with your cutting. You will need to remove the paper. I recommend doing this carefully. I tried a few methods as I did not want my stitches to come undone. I think my favorite was pulling the paper up in the middle of the stitched line and pulling it away there and then pulling it up towards the ends. This way the end stitches were not disturbed.

Per the block pattern of cutting 2 by 6 blocks (6″ x 18″), it made 24 half square triangles from each of the two fabrics I used.

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Come back for the next post to see how the blocks are put together and see the end result.

#fqsquiltalong #WildGeeseStraightFurrowsQuilt #classicandvintage

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