Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WIP's Heather Ross flying geese stars...and a dilemma...

Hi friends! Spring is here and it sure has helped my mood!

I found these in my UFO closet. It is getting a bit embarrassing in there. I need to spend a few months just finishing up all my unfinished projects. You? 


Several months ago I was lucky enough to come upon some Heather Ross charm squares on Instagram. I got such a great variety. Then I added in my stash, and I started creating stars. 




I love each and every one of these blocks.




Problem is, I used a tutorial online, and I tweaked the numbers a bit. Enough that I don't think I can figure it out again. It was for creating some flying geese but I liked the extra space it gave on the points. I am not good enough at math and triangles to try to figure out what I did, and I can't find the tutorial with my new numbers again.


What would you do? How can I solve this dilemma? Any ideas?


This is one of my favorites. Because I had two Dalmations growing up. Penny and Trixie. And I have 2 beagles now, Scamp and Duchess.



Another dilemma, if I do figure out the measurements, do you think I can have any duplicate middle prints? I am obviously trying to make this colorful and scrappy, so do you think I can have any matching centers (even if the rest doesn't match?)


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28 comments:

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Maybe take one row of your stars apart and then measure your pieces? I think duplicate centers would be fine. Just my thoughts but they are so cute they will look great finished!

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Leanne said...

If you email me the dimensions of the star point unit and the distance from the point to the edge I can work it out for you.

Daytona Damsel said...

These are so cute. I think using duplicate centers would be fine as long as they are not next to each other.

As for the math I am lost. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Carol Stearns said...

Measure the width of the flying geese block and then add 1/2" to it. It probably started out as 5" since you are using a charm for the middle. Then I think you add 2.5" squares to each corner for the wings? Or trace a template of the finished piece and then add 1/4" all around the outside. Good luck. They are pretty. when you figure it out, how about a tutorial?

Shelley said...

Well...If you dont want to worry with the math etc turn what you have I to a wall hanging and use the 2nd set of prints for something else.
If you want a larger quilt and want to use the rest it wouldn't bother me that there were 2 of the same as long as they weren't beside one another. They are way to cute to put away ; )

Rebecca said...

I often put "duplicates" in this type of quilt and make it part of the game for others to find the matches....

RobotMomSews said...

AHHH! So cute. I think you should just forget it all and give them to me. ;) JK! I think having dups is just fine. These are all super cute!

Laurel09 said...

You could photocopy a finished block and use it to create a paper piecing pattern...

Katie said...

I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but how about measuring? Seems like the obvious route.....

Karen said...

You could put the measurements up on your blog and then people could help you with the math. Another way would be to turn it into paper piecing by tracing the seam lines onto a paper template that you then copy. I would be curious to see what would come out of it if you put the measurements up and asked people to give you cutting instructions. I bet people would use different methods!

Elise Lea said...

Not sure how to figure out the math without a block in front of me, but my suggestion would be to measure your block and do some test blocks out of scraps you don't care about.

As for the centers I think duplicate ones would be fine unless you are trying to make an I spy quilt, then I would make them all different!

Books_Bound said...

Ugh, I hate the math part of quilting too! There are some good ideas on here (I like the idea of deconstructing a row the best), but if all else fails, perhaps you could create a paper pieced pattern just for the geese, since you know exactly what you want the finished geese to look like? You'd have a bit more fabric waste, but it might save some trial and error. (Or maybe not, perhaps there's a totally obvious reason why this wouldn't work and I'm missing it! This has been known to happen...)

And of course you can use duplicates! You know what they say about Quilt Police. ;) If you're really going for scrappy, having different star points for each block is going to achieve that, even if every single middle was the same, IMO.

Bev said...

Oh, the story of my life...sigh..the embarrassing plethora of ufp's! I love yyour colors for these blocks! I guess I don't understand your measuring issue. Just
Easure the side of the squares and the right angles of the triangles. Am I missing something? It's like one AM and I'm writing from my phone so maybe I'm not understanding... Send them to me if they Re too pesky! I love them! XO

A Quilter's Mission said...

I'd say, unsew just one of these blocks, and you'll figure it out right away! Yes, by all means! You can duplicate centers. I think you have a great start to a beautiful and colorful quilt.

Rene Sharp said...

Sorry can't help you with the math, but these sure are pretty blocks!!

Michele T said...

Follow Carol Stearns calculations!!! And a tutorial would be awesome!! Love those blocks, they are so pretty!

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Looks like you have good input and I would agree with Carol...just start with an extra wide rectangle and then add hsts for the wings (the long side of the rectangle cut in half will give you an idea of what finished HST side should be) I think it's ok to use duplicate centers, would just be sure the blocks are not exact duplicates. Good luck

Barb said...

You could definitely uses duplicate blocks - after all, it's 'your' quilt and you can make it any way you see fit! It's a project definitely worth finishing - can't wait to see it all together!

Shar said...

I liked the comment about taking a few apart. It might be a pain, but it would help. Or you could just use what you have. Throw in some solid block and make it a quilt.

KatieQ said...

With fabric this cute it's definitely okay to repeat the center charms.

Lea said...

You've had so many good suggestions I don't have a new one to add. But those blocks are sweet!

Christine S said...

oh my gosh these are just adorable!

Stacy Olson said...

How many blocks do you have done? If you have enough to place the blocks you do have sporadically within a solid or light print, I think it would still look great. I wouldn't worry about duplicating center blocks. L-O-V-E what you have so far!!

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

I think duplicates are perfectly fine! These are just too cute not to finish up. Looks like you have gotten some good advice for calculating your numbers. I usually flip it over to the back and push my seams back out and measure to see what I initially cut. Good luck:)

Gayle Ballinger said...

Absolutely you can duplicate some centers! It is ironic how we craters can stress about little details and decisions that the average person would never ever see. And in this case, if some of the centers (which are absolutely adorable prints, btw) are duplicated, most people will assume that it was intentional. So, no worries! I am finally embracing these truths : 1. Don't sweat the small stuff. 2. Really, it is ALL just small stuff. 3. Quilting is very forgiving.
Have fun with it. Very cute stuff.

Hilary said...

Your blocks are so precious! I'm no help with the math part, but I think it would be ok to have repeating centers on the blocks :)

Ranch Wife said...

Is this what you're looking for? You may have already figured everything out, but I thought I'd share this. Your blocks are darling! www.littlemissshabby.com/2014/01/not-quite-a-sawtooth-star-block-tutorial/
Hope this helps!