Tuesday, January 29, 2013

String Geese - Adding the Side Triangles

I have over 60 geese made--time to add some side triangles. Do you remember the original vintage quilt? It had peach-colored side triangles and I wanted that same look. Unfortunately, the peach color I have is pretty anemic looking. :(

I have probably over three yards of it, it's not likely I'll use it for anything else, and the whole purpose of this is to use up some of the leftovers that are just taking up space.

The first thing is to trim the geese even with the foundation papers.


Lay your ruler along the side even with the paper and trim.

 Here's one that's been trimmed on all three sides:
You can remove the paper foundations after trimming the geese, but I prefer to leave mine on until the side triangles are added. It gives more stability to all those strings which are now cut on the bias. The papers are a little tougher to remove after adding the sides, but it's worth it to me to have the stability of the paper when sewing.

I used my Easy Angle ruler to cut the side triangles, but if you don't have one you can cut 4-7/8" squares and cut them on one diagonal to get two right triangles. With the Easy Angle, I cut several 4.5" strips, stacked them, and used the ruler to cut my triangles.  

First, remove the selvege edge!

Sew a triangle to one side and press away from the string center.

Now add the other triangle:

This is what they will look like once they are sewn together:

I'm really noticing how beige my peach looks.........I think it will just have to do since I already have it on hand (and I've already cut a bunch of 4/5" triangles from it).


  1. I really like the look of your scrappy geese!! I'm interested in seeing what you do with them. Since I joined Quiltville only recently, I'm frantically working on my Easy Street blocks. I'm on Step 7 and am considering also doing this year's Mystery Quilt by Bonnie. We'll see. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always great to connect with another quilter!

  2. I really love the look of these Carolyn. Will have to remember to give it a go one day.
    Hugs Khris