One Seam Flying Geese - Ricky Tims by lmwinner

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									Note 1: When I saw the “One Seam Flying Geese video” with Ricky and Alex I wanted to try it out immediately!
        But it had to wait & when I did actually find the time, I couldn’t remember exactly what to do. So I created
        these pages simply as a reminder. All credit is given to Ricky Tims & Alex Anderson for this wonderful
        technique! Print these pages out then click here or below to watch the video to see how simple this is!
        Then you’ll be saying, “Why didn’t someone teach me this sooner?!”

Note 2: If you don’t know about The Quilt Show ( ) with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims,
        check it out. They provide projects, BOM, articles, videos, & guest teachers to showcase the latest
        techniques. They have 6 month & yearly memberships but if you’re not ready to commit, sign up for their
        “Basic Access”. It’s free and it will offer lots of inspiration.

                           Ricky Tims – One Seam Flying Geese Block

Ricky demonstrates a technique learned from a group of quilters in England that has to be the easiest
Flying Geese ever! Using two different fabrics, two sizes of blocks & only one seam, you’ll create the
fastest Flying Geese that ends up being dimensional as well…

1. Gathering Materials:
Fabric #1 - like Ricky’s hand dyed multi color
Fabric #2 – like Ricky’s darker red multi color from his Red Rooster line of fabric
Ruler, Cutting Mat, Rotary Cutter, Iron

2. Cutting Fabric:
Cut strips 3” from Fabric #1 (ex: multi-color)
Cut 3” squares from Fabric #2 (ex: darker multi color)
Take the 3” Fabric #1 strips & cut them into 3” x 5 ½” blocks

3. “Time to Make Some Sandwiches”
For each block you need two 3” squares & one 3” x 5 ½” block.
Lay out one 3” square right side up.
With wrong sides together, fold the 3” x 5 ½” in half so that it becomes 3” x 2 ¾”.
With the fabric fold away from you, place it on top of the 3” square, lining up the raw edges together.
(You’ll notice Ricky pointing to the edges closest to you or the bottom that should be aligned.)
On the opposite end or the top, the folded edge should be ¼” away from the 3” square edge.

Take the second 3” square & place it wrong side up on the folded piece, matching up all of the bottom edges.

4. Sewing the Blocks
Keeping the blocks in the same position, sew ¼” seam on the right. (The folded edge will be away from you,
always at the top.) In many cases for Ricky, a true ¼” seam allowances isn’t always critical but it makes a
difference here. *Ricky mentions the importance of having a full bobbin.
Chain piece as many as you like. When finished, cut them apart & take them to the pressing area.

5. Pressing the Blocks
Open the block with the fold away from you at the top. Press the fold & over to the left 3” square.

Starting at the right corner, place your pointer fingers inside the fabric & slide to the corners to create the triangle
or flying geese. Make sure the right point lines up to the corner & hold down the corner then pull corner to corner.

Place your right pointer finger on top of the right corner & press, starting at the right corner, moving up the fold
then down the fold to the left corner.
You not only have a beautiful yet simple one seam flying geese but also a dimensional flying geese with pockets!

6. Arranging the Blocks
Make these by the hundreds and . .

    Stagger them like the 1st 2 rows                                    or line them up.

                                              Ricky’s Flying Colors Quilt
He’s used ½” sashing strips between the flying geese and the rows and added borders and a binding.
Ricky doesn’t give instructions for the quilt; instead he suggests taking this newfound technique & applying to a
project large or small. Just get creative~!                       

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