Welcome to Tool Talk Blog Hop Week two!
September 2022, Island Batik Challenge is to use the Ruler from Studio 180 Designs that we received in our second Island Batik Ambassador boxes to create a quilt.
I received the “Wing Clipper I”. This is a “Trim down tool for Traditional Flying Geese units.” This ruler can trim Flying Geese from as little as 1″ x 1 1/2″ unfinished to 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ unfinished. I was to create at least 30 units using the tool.
At first, I was not sure how this tool would work, as I was used to using the Quick Flying Geese method, and then trim them to the size I needed. Once I started using the ruler, it was so quick and easy to use, and it is even set to work for either left-handed or right-handed quilters. Now I wonder how I did all those flying geese in my February Row-by-Row without this ruler. Wow, now I don’t hate making Flying geese.
The Flying geese are still made using the Quick Flying Geese method, and then you use the ruler to trim them down. The instructions actually suggest creating the flying geese a little larger than needed, and then trim down.
You first line up the ruler on your Flying goose based on the size you need them to finish. Then trim the two sides. The first step you line the point of your center triangle to the measurement you need on the top. The dotted line is your seam allowance. As you can see, I lined up at the X right next to the 4 1/2″ mark.
The Flying goose was to measure 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, so the X is at 4 1/4″ the center point of my block. Then I used the line coming from the X to align my block. Then I held tight and trim the top and side of the block.
I then flipped the Flying Goose around, so that the two sides that I had not trimmed were now at the edges to be trimmed. This time, I aligned the trimmed sides to the 8 1/2″ and the 4 1/2″ lines using the diagonal line close to the 8 1/2″ mark to match with my block. Then I trimmed the two sides of the block.
This created a perfect 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Flying goose. I was able to trim all my flying geese quickly and very accurately. Before, using a regular ruler, I had to judge where I need to trim, with the “Wing Clipper I” ruler, it is so quick and easy to use. There are so many sizes that you can create using this ruler, and I was able to use modify just a little bit to make off sizes as need. I think I will purchase the Wing Clipper II, for some more sizes.
Creating the quilt – Fabric
The fabric that I was given by Island Batik is the Spring 2022 collection “Cheers!” by Designer Colourwerz. I received a 0.5 yard cut bundle and 2 yards of coordinating dark and 2 yards of coordinating light fabric. These fabrics are so bright and cheery and make a beautiful quilt.
There are five different patterns on the 20 pieces of fabric.
I wanted to create something that show cased the fun of the “Cheers!” collection, with the Flying Geese.
I had so much fun trying to figure out a different way to use flying geese in a quilt instead of just doing a lot of the flying geese going around the quilt. So, I decided to start with a Flying Geese Star in the center, with a fuzzy cut of the Fabric to highlight the fun of the fabric, with the Wine glass, and flying away from the center with the flying geese.
The larger flying geese were easy to create using the Wing Clipper, as the unfinished size was 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, so each to see the lines and work.
The angled flying geese took a little more work, as they were a little different than the standard flying geese on the ruler, at 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ unfinished. However, once I realized what I needed to do, it actually was very easy to use. (There is a Wing Clipper II that has additional sizes for the flying geese, and if doing a quilt like this again, I will want to get that ruler as well.)
I was also sent a “Quilter’s Magic Wand”.
This is 1/2″ wide with a line down the middle, the helps with marking 1/4″ seams. When making the Flying Geese No-waste method, you can draw lines, allowing you to draw the 1/4″ seam on both sides and then sew on the lines. No more guessing 1/4″ seams. I love this ruler, and it makes checking your seams easy as well.
Each of the blocks in this quilt are 8″ x 8″ finished.
Here was my quilt plan, the quilt top was created in Electric Quilt 8, to help figure out the layout and where I wanted to use each fabric.
Blocks needed for the quilt top:
Eight (8) blocks of two large flying geese. Two different sets of colors
Four (4) blocks of four smaller diagonal flying geese.
Four (4) corner blocks
Eight (8) stripped blocks
One center Fuzzy cut Star block
These blocks used 12 different fabrics from the Cheers! Collection, however, I wanted to include all 20 of the fabrics, so I added 2″ x 2″ finished squares as a border, these were cut using Accuquilt 8″ block 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ dies.
Then added a border of the darker corresponding fabric at 3″ finished.
Here is my completed quilt top, “Cheers!” It finished at 50″ x 50″
Next, I needed to add a quilt back, and I decided I didn’t want just a plain one fabric back. I wanted to show off this wonderful fabric line by showcasing the fabrics.
I created a star block (like the one on the front), using the two corresponding fabrics, with another fuzzy cut in the center. I then used my Janome 500e embroidery machine to embroider my label on the center. I used fonts from Designs By Juju fonts to create the label. This block is 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished.
Using the 18 fabrics (not including the corresponding fabrics), I cut out 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ squares of each of the fabrics, and some I cut two, as I needed 24 squares.
So, I layout the fabric on my design wall to figure how the fabrics looked best, with the star in the center (and at one point in the bottom right corner). I then sewed the squares together using a chain piecing method.
I used my Accuquilt 2 1/2″ strip die cutter to cut out strips of the lighter corresponding fabric to add a border.
I then cut out 5″ strips of the darker corresponding fabric to add as an outside border.
Note, the back finished larger than the front, so that when I quilt, I have a little of extra fabric around the outside. It finished at 54″ x 54″, that gave me 2″ on each side extra.
If you are going to have quilted on a long arm, you could increase that border from 5″ to 7″ to give you the extra fabric on the sides that is needed.
If you wanted, you could fold this extra fabric towards the front for self-binding of the quilt after quilting.
I used Hobbs Tuscany Collection, Cotton Wool Blend batting to sandwich. This batting line is lovingly cut, folded and packaged by hand, this batting had only a few wrinkles and creases, with a wonderful high lift. I used the Throw size 60″ x 60, a perfect size for this quilt. I love how easy it was to unfold and lay flat. It was so easy to use and is so soft and fluffy! I love how it make this quilt look.
Designs By Juju end-to-end quilting designs are so easy to use, and they really make your quilt standout. These machine embroidery designs are east to match up as you work down your quilt. You can go from side-to-side, top-to-bottom. It comes in different formats for the different machines, along with different sizes for the different hoop sizes. I used the 200mm x 280mm designs. This helped get the quilting done quick.
I liked this design because it matched the fabric designs so well.
The design was stitched out using Aurifil thread.
I used the two corresponding fabrics to create a Flange binding. I cut 1 3/4″ strips of the lighter and 1 1/2″ strips of the darker fabric. I then sewed them together and folded in half creating the flange look.
I had the binding wrapped around a cardboard circle to keep organized while I quilted the quilt. It was sewn to the back of the quilt and folded to the front, and then stitched down. I used the Aurifil thread to assemble the quilt and to sew the binding on. A color I had was a perfect match to this fabric line, and helped the design stand out.
Aurifil thread works great for piecing quilts, and even works great for quilting the quilt. It does not break while stitching, and the different colors match the fabrics.
Here is the completed Quilt!
All materials are provided free to me by Island Batik and their industry partners Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread, Studio 180 Designs, Accuquilt, and Schmetz in my role as an ambassador. End-to-End Embroidery design was given to me by Designs By Juju for free for my review.
This fabric was so fun and cheerful to work with, I am making another one!
If you enjoyed my Tool Talk Quilt using Studio 180 Designs, Wing Clipper tool, check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors for their Studio 180 Designs.
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