Another block in Lyn's Sampler quilt is finished:
I always make my Flying Geese blocks with half-square triangles (where you draw a line diagonally through the centre of the small square and place it over the corner of the rectangle; stitch on the line; and fold it back).
There seems to be a difference of opinion as to whether or not you should cut away the excess fabric before you fold it back. For myself, it depends on the project and the colour of the fabric. If the small square is a light fabric and the rectangle is a dark fabric, sometimes the dark colour can be seen from the front. That's what was happening with my Flying Geese here so I cut the bulk away before folding it back. I also find that it can be very bulky for quilting so it's better to cut it back. Other times if it's not going to make any difference I save time by leaving it in place. I don't think it really matters.
Charming Coins ....
While piecing my blocks I have been working on my Charming Coins dolly quilt.
My method for sewing the small rectangles together, was to sort them into two piles - light/medium and dark. I then took one from each pile and sewed them together. I then laid the pairs out into rows (to spread the colours out between the rows) before sewing them together.
I chose a light fabric with some red squiggles in it for the strips between the rows; and after much umming and ahhing, for the outside borders, I chose the red print for the top; the green for corner blocks; and the dark blue for the side borders. (This is the fabric I used in the Four Patch block in Lyn's Sampler quilt. I cut them out at the same time - so sorry to see it go.)
It's looking pretty good.
Until next time