For my Tuesday quilters I like to teach a basic block, like 4 patch, 9 patch, hourglass, Delectable Mountains, etc. This time we did flying geese blocks and then used them to make a star block.
This sort of thing is all over the internet, so nothing really new here, but I am posting it, because all the info on this will then be in one place for my quilters. This recipe makes 'in the neighborhood' of a 6.5"block.
The Parts: 4.5" square for the background, 3.75" square for the center of the star, four 2.5" squares for the geese, or triangles, and four 2" squares to fill in the background.
Place two squares on the big square and draw a diagonal line through them, sewing 1/4" seams on either side.
Place the remaining two 2.5" squares on the point of those pieces and mark a diagonal line across, sewing 1/4" seams along both sides.
Cut along that line and press open. Voila. Four matching flying geese blocks. But wait, there's more!
Sew two of the geese blocks to the 3.75" square. The remaining geese get a 2" square sewn on either side.
There she is. A nice star, no waste, and points remaining. Phew! I used my cut scraps bin for this block, and only had to adjust (trim down) one 4 inch square scrap to make the 3.75" square.
In the future I will use up those scrap bits by making flying geese and stars and eventually have enough for a top. Nice.