I want to start by giving myself some credit. One of the pieces for this block – which happened to be in a fabric I don’t have much of – ended up less than 1/16″ too small on one end of it’s 8.5″ side. I debated cutting another one. I decided against it. I reconsidered. I decided to move on. I sat at the sewing machine to start piecing, got up, and finally did the right thing and cut another one that was precise.

But then, when I pressed the first seam with an iron that wasn’t quite hot, I thought, “It’s close enough.”

And when my large flying geese points ended up close to the edge, I thought, “I can save those points with a small seam allowance.”

When my small flying geese points ended up right against the edge, I thought, “It won’t be that bad. I’ll keep that small seam allowance and make up the difference later.”

When I had to trim a random quarter inch off some of the pieces adjacent the center square, I said (probably out loud), “I’m totally making this work!”

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No, I wasn’t. I’d simply told myself enough lies to grow a block that didn’t look like it was supposed to.

My husband said, “Just mail it anyway! It’ll be fine.”

Again, I thought about it, decided to mail it, reconsidered, reconsidered again and got out an envelope. Then I got out a new stack of fabric to try again.

The large flying geese turned out better, but not perfect. The small flying geese were a disaster, and instead of using the fancy quick method that makes them all at once, I picked out my stitches and resewed large, fool-proof pieces of fabric on each triangle to make the small geese one by one.

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The result? A block I actually feel comfortable sending. It’s not perfect either, but it’s better.

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The lesson? My lies will catch up with me. No one needs an enormous nose (unless they want one) or stars with rounded points (unless they want them!).

Cheers!

This block was made for the April round of Stash Bee’s Hive 3. Afton’s tutorial on making the block is here on the Stash Bee blog. Click through and scroll down to see how she plans to arrange the blocks in her quilt – it looks like such a clever idea!

P.S. No block I make will be perfect. I’m not a machine. But, my mama always said to do my best, and it’s important to me that I continue to try to accurate in this craft. In the interest of helping others, I thought I’d point out some of the most glaring reasons that I didn’t want to mail my first attempt at this block. I hope you find it inspiring!

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7 Comments

  1. Paige

    Good for you for starting over! I’m sure the recipient appreciates it. I always have trouble with flying geese. I don’t know why. I’m pretty accurate in most piecing. 

  2. Susan @TheBoredZombie.com

    I think you’re right to do over. Not because of the way it looked, but because you should satisfied with your own work. I’m glad you have one you’re happy to send away! The other one could make a great doll blanket or small kid pillow. 🙂

  3. Michelle @ Squeek Crafts

    I had issues with the smaller flying geese too. You did not read my IG note to your comment on my blocks, did you ;-)?? Your last block was much better, good job for doing another one.

  4. Rachel at Stitched in Color

    And look how nice your second block looks! Do you think the flying geese “quick” version was the problem the first time? Or, did you need a different seam allowance? Just wondering what made the difference =)

  5. Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs

    I was so confused about your post title that I had to click… haha love the humor. I also had some trouble with points, so I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. You did such a nice job of explaining the process and regardless of mistakes, I love the fabrics you chose for both, Daisy : )

  6. Quilt Paradigm

    Smiled all the way through this post – if I had a dollar for every time I said those things to myself, or out loud, I would be very rich! I would like to know too, do you think it was the ‘fast way’ of making the flying geese that threw it off? I’m about to embark on a flying geese adventure and I would love to hear your thoughts on that!

    1. Daisy

      I do feel like I have trouble with the “fast way” of making flying geese.  There have only been a few times where I’ve tried the techniques where you make several geese at once, and each time I’ve felt like I did something incorrectly.  If I sewed a large enough seam allowance to leave enough fabric to protect my points, each flying geese component was too small.  If I sewed a scant 1/4″ seam, the component was the correct size, but my points were too close to the edge.  Even though it involves a little bit of fabric waste, it just seems like much less of a headache for me to make geese the old-fashioned easy way.  But, I probably just need to have a pro watch what I do and correct my missteps!  

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