Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Week 13 | Long Time Gone Sew-along | Flying Geese

We're getting so close to the finish!! Is everyone loving their blocks so far?! I know I am and I can't wait to start assembling the top! Today we're working on Flying Geese, one of my all time favourite blocks.

So many ways to play with geese! The colours in this one may be a little more than what I'm looking for in my quilt, haha. I haven't put it up with the rest of the blocks yet so we'll see!

Angie and I will be alternating tutorials for the duration of the sew-along and today's block just happens to be hers. So pop on over to catch the tutorial and see her wonderful blocks by clicking here!

General Information

Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in Angie's tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.
If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.
I have no hard and fast rule for pressing. I generally press my seams in the direction they want to go.  But find a way that works for you and be consistent with it. Here's a photo of the back of one of my blocks so you can see how I've pressed my seams.
And when I'm working with blocks that have a lot of bulk in the seams I try and pinwheel my seams. Like this.
I've picked a couple of stitches out of the seam allowance so I'm able to press my seams to the side. The lay a lot flatter this way! And yes, the backs of these blocks are a hot mess! Apparently there's a lot I need to learn about sewing with a 9 week old puppy alternating between biting my ankles and trying to attack my machine pedal!
But from the front, not so bad! I lost a few points but nothing that would make me want to remake the blocks! For these blocks because I wasn't going scrappy I went with the four in one way to make them. It's a lot faster if you don't mind having four of each colour geese. For a quick tutorial on the four in one method click here.
Unfortunately that's it from me this week. Between Dottie the new puppy and my youngest home with strep throat and a fever the last 6 days, things have been a little crazy around here! So I hope you'll all forgive me for not having the rest of my flying geese blocks for you this week. I'll do my best to finish them up and post to Instagram as soon as I can!
Don't forget  Angie's the one with the master plan this week so pop on over by clicking here!

 Marti Michell is also offering a conversion chart and tutorial on how to make this block using her templates. See Marti’s tutorial and get the conversion chart by clicking here.

Prize Winning Details

Of course the ultimate prize is making this amazing quilt, but if you'd like to also throw your hat in the ring to win some amazing prizes from our amazing sponsors then here's the information you need to know. You can find out more about our sponsors and the prizes on offer by clicking here.
We've made it as simple as possible for you to win. To be eligible for all prizes on offer all you have to do is:

  • Post a photo of one of this weeks block to your Instagram account between 12:01am June 7th and 11:59pm June 12th 2017 in your timezone
  • Tag your photo with the hashtags #LongTimeGoneSAL #AlisonGlass #AndoverFabrics #SewWithTheBest #AnnaMariaHorner #FreeSpiritFabrics #JenKingwell #LongTimeGoneQuilt #AmitieTexiles #MartiMichell #LovePatchworkQuilting
  • Be Following these accounts on Instagram:
  • @GnomeAngel
  • @SnipsSnippets
  • @AlisonGlass
  • @AnnaMariaHorner
  • @JenKingwell
  • @AndoverFabrics
  • @FreeSpiritFabrics
  • @MartiMichell
  • @LoveQuiltingMag
Please Note: You do not need to tag these accounts in your images, if you use the hashtag #LongTimeGoneSAL we'll be able to find you! 
You will also need to do the following:
  • Post a photo of each of the blocks in their relevant weeks in your timezone. You can find the block timetable by clicking here
  • Complete the quilt top and post it to Instagram within 12 July and Midnight 21 July in your timezone.
  • All photos will need to have the relevant hashtags on them.
  • You will need to be following all the relevant Instagram accounts at the time of the drawing.
Need help keeping all of that clear in your head, Angie has made up a fabulous Long Time Gone SAL Tracker, you can grab it by clicking here to download.

For more information you can find commonly asked questions and their answers by clicking here.
And that my friends is it. I've a lot of geese left to finish up and then tackling the triangles!! Get ready!
The high fives all go to my mom and MIL this week for helping with the boys while I go crazy!
xo nicole


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