Deli Geese Project – Block #2 – Rhett

Here is block number # 2 of the Deli Geese Block Project!


2 Rhett

Since the Deli Geese method makes Top Units and Bottom Units, I’ll be working in sets of two for the blocks. Block #1 Scarlett used Top Units and Block #2 Rhett is using the Bottom Units from the same Dark Flying Geese.  Details on making the units are found here.

Bottom Unit from Dark Flying Geese

Bottom Dark unit

In the basic unit image I will not be showing a center seam even though I have one in the actual block, this is because the large Flying Geese can be constructed from larger squares which eliminate the need for the center seam and I don’t want to have to remember which image to show!  So the above image is the generic image I will be using for the Bottom Unit no matter what method I choose to use.

Rhett uses:

A – four Bottom Units from Dark Flying Geese units.

B – four 2 1/4″ squares

C – four 4 1/2″ squares

D – eight 2 1/2″ squares added to C with the connecting corner method that can be seen here.

2 Rhett

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !


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Four Square

Before I left town on my current teaching trip I found some time to quilt! This is number two of the ten charity quilts I am making to celebrate ten years of quilting as my full-time profession. I love scrappy quilts and this one is going to be great!  I’m calling it Four Square after the children’s playground game I remember playing about fifty years ago! So dig out those stash fabrics, cut some 5″ squares, and join in with me as I make this fun scrappy quilt!

Finished Four Square Block

To make one block these are the fabrics you need:

One 5″ square of a dark or medium to use in the four patch

One 5″ square of a dark or medium to be cut into 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles

Two rectangles that are 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

Three 5″ squares of background fabric

Actually you could use 2 1/2″ strips for all of your dark and medium fabrics in this block but since I’m the “Nickel Quilt Lady” I’m using 5″ squares where I can!

pieces needed for the block

Using a square of the dark or medium and a square of the background fabric make four patches.

2 squares

You will be making two four patches at a time; use one in this block and use the second one in another block.

2 four patches

Cut rectangles from the remaining square of dark or medium fabric by measuring over 4 1/2″ and trimming away 1/2″.  Then in the opposite direction measure over and cut on the 2 1/2″ mark; your two rectangles should measure 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.

Short rectangles cut

Sew these rectangles onto the four patch, always having the dark squares in the four patch in the same orientation.

Adding short rectangles

Set the seams and press towards the rectangles.

short rectangles sewn on

Now sew on the 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles. Set the seams and press towards the rectangles.

Long Rectangles

Long Rectangles sewn on B

Cut the remaining background squares in half on the diagonal. I first draw a mark (about 1/2″ long) on the center on the back with a pencil; then I cut in the opposite direction. By doing this I have easily marked the center of the long edge of the triangle and this mark can be useful when sewing these triangles on in the next step.

Squares cut on diagonal

Sew the triangles onto the sides of the pieced square.

Corner triangles ready to sew on

Press towards the triangles.

Corners sewn on

Square this block up to 10″

Finished Four Square Block

OK now it’s time to make a bunch of these and play around with the settings!



I realized that I have not done a detailed blog posting on how I make half-square-triangles from 5″ squares, and this might be useful information for a newer quilter. So here are the basics:

Starting with two 5″ squares; one dark and one light.

2 squares

1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 5″ square of background (light) fabric. With right sides together, place the marked background square on top of a square of the main fabric.

line drawn

2. Stitch a “scant” 1/4″ wide seam on both sides of the diagonal line.  I always sew my seams using a “scant” 1/4″ wide seam allowance. This is a slightly narrower seam, about a needle width narrower than the full 1/4″. This narrower seam allows for the thickness of the thread in the seam allowance, the pressing of the fabric over the seam, and results in a more accurately sized unit.  Give it a try!


3. Cut along the diagonal line to yield two half-square-triangle units.


4. Press to set the stitching; then press the seam toward the dark fabric, unless otherwise instructed in directions for the block you are making.

2 hst

Next, we are going to trim the units and you will need a ruler that has a 45º diagonal line that extends to the corner of the ruler.  Also very helpful is Blue Dude to keep the ruler from slipping. I place Blue Dude between the ruler and the unit.

what you need

5. To trim the units, place the 45º diagonal line of your ruler along the seam line. Position it so that the fabric extends past the ruler on two adjacent sides, and the remaining sides extend past the 4 1/2″ lines on the ruler. Trim away the fabric that extends beyond the ruler edges.

1st trimming

1st trimming B

6. Reposition the unit so that the two trimmed edges now  line up along the 4 1/2″ lines on the ruler and the 45º diagonal line is along the seam line. Trim the remaining two edges for a perfect 4 1/2″ half-square-triangle unit.

2nd trimming

A perfect 4 1/2″ half-square-triangle unit is a thing of beauty! In my Half-Square-Triangle and Four Patch workshop participants can work on fifteen different quilts during the same workshop!

Finished half square triangle



Spring Beauty

Here are a few color variations on this block for those of you who might like to see it in something other than the 1800s fabrics that I am working in.

My Spring Beauty test block:

This is what you need to make a Spring Beauty block:

6  dark or medium 5″ squares for the Flying Geese units and the corner triangles

3  dark or medium  5″ inch squares for the block center and the side triangles

20 light  2 1/2″ squares for the connecting corners

1. Make eight Flying Geese units following the instructions from my May 8, 2012 post.

2. Sew the flying geese units into sets of two.

3. To make the center portion of the block trim a 5″ square down to 4 1/2″ square.  Add connecting corners to each corner in the same manner that you did for the flying geese.

4. Cut two 5″ squares in half on the diagonal for the side triangles. Yes, the bias edges will be on the outside edge of the block – I suggest a little spray starch to help stabilize the edges. If I were making several of these blocks and all the side triangles were from the same fabric I would cut 6 7/8″ squares and cut them twice on the diagonal.

5. Arrange the units and triangles from steps 2 through 4 into three rows.  Sew the units into rows and sew the rows together.

6. Cut two 5″ squares in half on the diagonal for the corner triangles. Sew these onto the corners of the block and square the block up to 11 3/4″, leaving 1/4″ seam allowances for the points. This block will finish 11 1/4″.

First sample block from the calendar done – how many I will eventually make?? Who knows – but this sure is fun!