Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Scrap Bin Geese block tutorial

Lately I've been on a kick to try to use more of my scraps.  I have a lot saved up, and I'd love to start using them more in my quilts.  I designed this super scrappy flying geese block to use some low volume prints, gray prints, and some prints in your favorite color - (right now mine is green) and  I named this block the Scrap Bin Geese block.

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Here's what you'll need for one block:

12 (2.5" square) green print scraps
6 (2.5" x 6.5") gray print strips
6 (2.5" x 6.5") low volume strips

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 1:  Using a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the 2.5" green squares. 

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 2:  Lay out all of the block elements as shown above, with the low volume strips on one side and the gray on the other.  Decide where you want to place each green square.


Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner


Step 3:  Flip over the green squares so they are right sides together with the low volume / gray strips.  At this point you want to make sure your drawn lines are going in the correct direction (see photo above).

  Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 4:  Sew directly on the drawn lines.  

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 5:  Trim each seam allowance to about 1/4".  Fold open each green triangle and press.

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 6:  Next, sew sections of block together in strips, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance (see photo below). For example, sew strip 1 to strip 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, etc.


Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner



Press seams open

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 7:  Sew rows together, using a scant 1/4" seam and matching up the center seams.  Once all rows are sewn together, press seams.  

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner


Block should measure 12.5' square

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

You can mix things up by swapping which side the gray prints are on like in the photo below.

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

And here is a sample of what a whole quilt would look like!  This is made of 30 blocks (6 rows of 5 blocks each) and would measure 60" x 72".

Scrap Bin Geese quilt - there's a free quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner



Looking for more quilt block tutorials?  Check out my Quilt Blocks pinterest board:

Quilt Blocks Pinterest board

21 comments:

  1. It looks like I am the first to comment . . . Well, I must say, thank you for this tutorial. You made it so simple to follow along . . . I have been quilting for four years and still consider myself a beginner. I love trying new things and learning with each quilt and you are gracious and thoughtful to take the time to put this together . . . thanks again & Happy Quilting.
    Connie :)

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  2. Love this block! Of course, green is my favourite colour, and I love flying geese blocks! Thanks for pinning my scrappy sandwiches blocks/quilt! It is a fun block to make too!

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  3. I really enjoy reading your blog and drawing inspiration from the projects you share. I'm looking forward to trying out this block and using up some of my scraps! Thanks

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  4. Thanks, Andy! You are the best at sharing.

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  5. This is a really cute block design and makes a wonderful quilt too! Great idea for using scraps! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Re: Step 7, how do you sew the strips TOG w/out sewing through the points? Step6 shows the points at the very top of the strips, but step 7 shows the low enough to leave room for a 1/4" seam.

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    1. Hi Marlene
      The strips in the photo for step 6 are just placed next to each other and are not sewn yet. When you sew the strips together in step 6, it does create a 1/4" seam allowance at the top of each triangle. Sorry that's confusing. If I could go back in time I'd take another photo at that step to show what I mean. It does work out though!

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  7. I'm also wondering the same thing as Marlene Clausen - how do you sew the strips without losing the points at the top of the geese? Nice clear tutorial though many thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi janfer - thanks for your question. You can see my response to the comment above

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  8. Hi Andy,

    This is the first time I've seen your blog. I loved your tutorial so much that I recommended it to my own blog readers. You can see my post here: http://quiltersdiary.com/scrap-bin-geese-quilt-block-tutorial/. I hope that's okay.

    I will be coming back often.

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    1. Thanks for the link Quilter's Diary!

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  9. Brilliant tutorial! Love the fabrics too! Thank you!

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  10. What is missing after step 6 is that you will have a 1/4" seam allowance above the point after you join the two strips together. It confused me too, but if you make a sample for yourself (always a good idea) you should come out fine. Very cute project!

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  11. I absolutely love this block. I have a BOM Group on Facebook. May I use this block in March?

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    1. Hi Darryl
      Thanks so much! I'd love for you to use it for your group. I just ask that you link back to the blog post :). And I'm also on FB: www.facebook.com/abrightcorner/

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  12. Thanks! It does make a (1/4") difference!

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  13. Amy, this is brilliant! I love new ways of using up those scraps. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I love this block! Thanks the tutorial and the sample layout. I can't wait to give this a try!

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  15. Hi Andy, Love this block. I hope you don't mind if I use it as my Bee Block for Stash Bee. I can't wait to make this into a quilt. Thanks for posting this.

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