While I’ve been working on the commission quilt, I’ve also been having some fun trying out some tools in my quilt room. One of those tools is a BlocLoc ruler for flying geese.
I’ll be honest, this ruler was a bit of an impulse buy. I’ll also be honest and tell you that I really don’t like making flying geese blocks. So I figured the ruler might make it more enjoyable, and I was right.
Of course, the first thing is to cut the pieces for the block. I’m using some scrap pieces from my stash, an Amy Butler print, a coordinating print, and a soft grey.
I have the Amy Butler print wrong side up for the cutting because the print blended in to my mat and ruler, making it difficult to see the cutting lines. It made it easier to cut with the fabric wrong side up.
Once all the pieces were cut, I was ready to make the blocks using the traditional method.
First was to draw the diagonal lines on the squares.
Then sew the squares onto the rectangles, first one side, then the other.
Now, here comes the part that makes this tool so fun. BlocLoc rulers have grooves on them that fit against the seams of the block. With this ruler, the grooves fit right into the larger triangle or goose part of the block. It snugs right up against the seam line and stays put while you trim.
Then you just trim off the excess fabric. There was very little waste fabric.
Stitching the blocks together was a breeze.
So that’s my cool tool for today. By the way, I’m not an affiliate for BlocLoc. I just like the rulers.