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I found that the “B” patches in block 3 had to be made from 2 x 3″ blocks, cut in half on the diagonal, so that the triangles ended up being 3″ x 3″ x 41/4″
What you have done is cut “half square triangles” – so the long side is cut on the diagonal (bias). As a result, the ‘long edge’ of the finished unit (the flying geese unit) is now on the bias.
The instructions given were for “quarter square triangles” so the long side is cut on the straight grain. (You are getting 4 triangles from the two cuts of the original square). This is because you need to have the straight grain along the major seam lines.
I’m curious why you are not showing any ‘short cuts’ to making blocks, eg for 1/2 square triangle blocks, why are you not cutting 2 squares, placing them RSF and stitching 1/4″ from either side of a diagonal line? Similarly, there are common sort-cuts for the flying geese units (such as cutting rectangles and stitching on the triangles instead of cutting 1/4 square triangles.)
This is not a criticism – it is a genuine “why”; is there an advantage in doing it the way you have described?
I began my quilting experience with hand-piecing, and these instructions are certainly appropriate for that method of construction.
Initially, I thought that all quilters would be perfect piecers. I thought that the images with the measurements of the pieces from EQ8 was all that you would need. I didn’t realise that people needed additional help with construction techniques.
I have added 3 new topics: Flying Geese – 4 at a time – Video tutorial and Measurements Chart; Video tutorials on Half-square Triangles and Measurements Charts for HSTs.
You will find these topics in the Introduction to our Mystery Quilt.
Our Mystery Quilt contains 52 blocks, one for each week of 2020.
Each block is pieced and contains 4 colors – a dark color, a light color, a medium color and a bright color.
There is a sample block that you can download to try before the class begins.
We are also looking to offer some other courses, if there is enough interest