This month as I was working on my October Imagination Renovation Block Challenge, I had a piecing dilemma.
This month’s block is the Dutchman’s Puzzle.
The basic block has flying geese units in it. And each unit is made of 2 colors.
Next week, as part of the Exploring the Basics blog series, I will share my reimagined block!
Here was my dilemma, can I still piece the flying geese units using my favorite 4 at once method (AKA the No Waste method) if I need the geese to be made of 3 colors and with each geese unit looking exactly the same?
Piecing using flying geese units
In this previous blog post, I shared different ways to make FG units, including the 4 at once method. In this method, from 4 small squares and 1 large square you end up with 4 flying geese units that look all the same.
If you were to follow the same method but use 2 different small squares, you would end up with 4 FG units that are similar, but they are actually 2 sets of mirror images- not all exactly the same.
I wanted my FG units to use 3 fabrics but look all the same. One easy way to do this would be to cut the squares into triangles and sew the units together the old fashioned way.
But I wondered, can I use the 4 at once method and make it work? And yes, I can! Now you may know another way to make this work but here is how I did it.
I started the same way, with 4 small squares- 2 of each of my “side” fabrics and 1 large square for the geese.
Here is what changed. While I did not cut my large square into 4 pieces, I did cut my small squares in half on the diagonal once for 2 small triangles from each square.
I lined up 2 of the triangles, 1 of each color, onto the large square just like you would 1 with one small square.
Then I added 2 more triangles, making sure to alternate the fabrics.
Then I sewed ¼” away from the diagonal line on both sides, cut the piece apart and pressed.
I again added the triangles alternating the colors, sewed, cut and pressed!
Ta-done! All my geese have the green on the right.
When doing this, you just need to know which side you want the colors to end up on. For my units, I wanted the “color”- green or purple- on the right side when the black geese was pointing down and the black and white check on the left side. (see above)
So, to piece the units the way I wanted, , the “color” triangle needed to be in the upper left and lower right. Once you know where to place the colors, the process is Easy Peasy!
I hope that made sense for you- the trickiest part is knowing where to place each color to start. After that just always alternate the colors and you are good to go!
Next week I will show you my reimagined block and the project I made using the new block!