Trimming the Flying Geese

I am away from home today, in St. Louis at Baby Lock's Corporate headquarters for Sewing Machine Training on their newest top of the line machine, the Destiny.  What an amazing machine! Today is the last of four days, and I just hope there is a little more room in my brain for today's lesson!

I tucked a little sewing machine in my suitcase so that I could sew in the hotel room at night. With a video shoot scheduled in the near future, I have little time to spare! So, I thought I'd share a little bit about the technique I'm using to make one of the units for the video project.

I love flying geese, but I hate trimming them because it can be an arduous task. It's so easy to trim away the tip of the goose, isn't it? And making sure the seams travel perfectly to each corner at the same's enough to make you avoid them altogether. And this project requires almost 400! I think that's officially called a gaggle.

Last year, at International Quilt Market, I discovered the Bloc Loc ruler! It promised to help me trim the little fowls perfectly and effortlessly! It was true to it's promise!

This little ruler accommodates the 1.5" x 3" unit. See that little groove, placed where the flying goose seam will lie, cut into the back side of the unit? It's exactly 1/4" wide, which makes it lock in place over the seam allowance! It allows you to trim the unit without having to study the ruler to make sure you've lined up every corner and seam and goose beak!

Here is a close up view of the ruler placed on the unit, ready for trimming. Because the ruler actually locks onto the fabric, you can even spin the unit for easier trimming!

Here is a close up view of the trimmed unit! Perfect in every way!

Late night trimming in the hotel room did produced a gaggle! Bloc Loc rulers are available in a variety of sizes and styles, including half square triangles and more. You'll find this little flying goose ruler on my shopping page, with others to be added soon. And watch for a new video in the near future!

Thanks for visiting! Happy Sewing and God bless. Maxie