Has anyone any comments on the 'Square in a square' method?

I'm a neophyte quilter (4 baby quilts under my belt, making new mistakes,
er, make that 'learning more with each one').
I recently saw a web video of a person using what she called the 'Square in
a square method' to make half-triangle squares and flying geese. It looked
very easy, but a bit wasteful of fabric.
Has anyone seen this before, have any comments, etc? I don't want to
spring for a book or two and a special ruler if it is not worthwhile.
Thanks everyone....
Russ
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Russell D. Miller
Here's a few methods. I don't see any waste with them, unless you don't need *four* flying geese.
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I usually make mine by putting a square in the corner of the rectangle, sewing diagonally across the square and then trimming off the corner triangle.... and tossing those triangles. There's a fair amount of waste, but I justify it by the accuracy and the time saved.
This website has an amazing amount of info on just about any quilting technique plus blocks and patterns and links... and... and... LOL If you only have one quilting link then this is the one to have! Spend some time looking thru what they have to offer-
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And WELCOME to rctq, Russ!
Leslie, Missy & The Furbabies in MO.
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Hello, Russ. I don't have an answer for your question. Just wanted to bid you welcome and suggest that you ask your questions here. No need for you to make mistakes. We have already made them all. Probably some you haven't even thought of yet. Polly
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Polly Esther
I really like the square-in-square technique for some blocks (although that's not my method of choice for either flying geese or half-square triangles): it's not really that wasteful [considerably less so than the "stitch and flip" method of adding triangles]. It's great for diamond shapes and longer star points [such as the ones in 54-40 or fight.] Downside: it leaves the outside edges on the bias; Upside: it's perfectly accurate, and if you don't handle them too much, the biases aren't a problem. A shot of spray starch helps control that too.
Upside 2: for the basic square-in-square patches, it can't be beat for speed...I made 100+ of them for our 25th anniversary party in a single afternoon. [Hmmm...we've been married 30 years, guess it's time to do something with all those signature patches.]
The ruler's a bit pricey, but if you use it a fair amount, it's not a bad investment. Jodie Burrows [the square-in-square lady] has a number of books out that use the ruler as well.
Kim Graham
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, BC, Canada THE WORD IN PATCHWORK
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KI Graham
Welcome Russ
Here is the method that I use to make flying geese. All you have to do is cut squares and sew them together and cut them apart again in the right way and there is no waste at all.
This is the link to my website where I've posted two sheets of directions.
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One page is the for the directions and the other page is a chart for the sizes to cut to make several different sizes of flying geese. Also, no special ruler needed.
Hope this helps.
Steven Alaska
I'm a neophyte quilter (4 baby quilts under my belt, making new mistakes, er, make that 'learning more with each one').
I recently saw a web video of a person using what she called the 'Square in a square method' to make half-triangle squares and flying geese. It looked very easy, but a bit wasteful of fabric.
Has anyone seen this before, have any comments, etc? I don't want to spring for a book or two and a special ruler if it is not worthwhile.
Thanks everyone....
Russ
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steve
That could convert me from doing mine with foundation piecing, Steven! I'll print out the pages, if that's OK with you. I love FG. I often do long strips - which I might still do on paper; but individuals to sew in places would be great this way. I'm think it would be a good way to do Ohio Star? , In message , steve writes >Welcome Russ > >Here is the method that I use to make flying geese. All you have to do is >cut squares and sew them together and cut them apart again in the right way >and there is no waste at all. > >This is the link to my website where I've posted two sheets of directions. >
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>One page is the for the directions and the other page is a chart for the >sizes to cut to make several different sizes of flying geese. Also, no >special ruler needed. > >Hope this helps. > >Steven >Alaska
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Patti
Welcome Russ. I think Polly was right - with such a large group someone is sure to have made the mistake you are just about to make >gg< So, ask first! I mean, you could even ask if anyone had found any pitfalls with such and such a pattern? Or, would that spoil all the fun?! . In message , Russell D. Miller writes
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Patti
Welcome Russ! Leslie, those are good sites. I use the method in the 2nd site, as well as your mthod when I don't want 4 alike. But I don't toss the triangles :-) Roberta in D, Queen of the Scrap Heap
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Roberta Zollner
Hi Russ,
I have seen this method and I also thought it was very wasteful. Leslie gave you a couple of helpful links. Flying geese are fun to make and very little waste if any. When I trip off the extra, which is two tiny triangles of light and dark fabric, I made miniature quilts out of them. Then you have no waste at all!!
Piece,
Marsha in nw, Ohio
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And, if you sew them together before trimming them off, you have the fiddly work done for you already! I really must do that one of these days!! (I mean, take notice of what I say >gHi Russ,
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Patti
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YUP!! this is how i do them too!! it is sooooo easy and you're right, they are accurate!! amy in CNY
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amy
I want to thank everyone for the great information, and the warm welcomes. You all are pretty nice folks.
I've bookmarked the pages you've pointed me to, and grok the methods. The next baby quilt, which requires about 90 half square triangles for the border, should go much easier. It's a pieced hobby horse in the center, with a border around it. I also did one where I replaced the horse with a sailboat.
Thanks a bunch.
Russ
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Russell D. Miller

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