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Product Review: Flying Geese Ruler

by Addy Harkavy

Although many quilters are attracted to flying geese quilts or quilts with flying geese blocks, some find that the amount of piecing and accuracy required present barriers to starting such a project.

I hadn’t given much thought to finding alternate ways to piece flying geese until I reviewed Eleanor Burns’ and Sue Bouchard’s book Underground Railroad Sampler (in the Quilt in a Day series). The flying geese block in that book was presented in a manner entirely new to me – positioning a larger square atop a smaller square, marking, sewing, cutting apart, repositioning, marking, cutting, and so on. So I tried it using both a conventional ruler and the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler.

My results were accurate, and the method, which makes two identical blocks at a time, produces flying geese in record time.

Available in two sizes, the small Flying Geese Ruler makes finished geese 1 ˝” c 3” and 3” x 6”; the large Flying Geese ruler produces 2” x 4” and 4” x 8” geese.

For those who want to get started making flying geese with instructions and fabric requirements for many different sizes of quilts, the Quilt in a Day series offers an appropriately titled book – Flying Geese. This book provides step-by-step instructions with illustrations for each step, and it gives quilters a firm foundation on which to build new flying geese quilts of their own layouts or to progress to other flying geese designs.

The Flying Geese Rulers and Quilt in a Day books are available at many quilt shops, and they are also available direct from Quilt in a Day at http://www.quiltinaday.com/

See Addy's other product reviews and quilting tips on our Quilting Consumer page!

(c) Copyright 2003 by Addy Harkavy. All rights reserved.

Addy Harkavy is a writer and quilter who lives with her husband and dogs in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. You can e-mail her at addy@TheExperimentalQuilter.com

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