Jennie’s fabulous block “breaking Out” was the winner of the Fat Quarterly Reader Designer Challenge from Issue 1 – Fresh Start.

Jennie originally designed her block for the Pillow Talk Swap but now she has very kindly written up a tutorial for you to make one of your own! If you make this block we would love it if you upload photos of your block to our Flickr group as we would love to see!

Tutorial for ?Breaking Out? – a flying geese block
designed by Jennie Finch Schauer

Materials (for one block):
12- 2.5? x 4.5? print rectangles
24- 2.5? background squares
4- 2.5 x 6.5? background rectangles

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Draw a line diagonally across each of the 24- 2.5? background squares:

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Place the square on top of a print rectangle, making sure the line is as shown in the photo below:

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Sew on the line, then trim ?? away from the line towards the outside of the block. Press towards the background (the grey, in this example):

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Take a second 2.5? background square and position it as shown in the photo below:

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Sew on the line, then trim ?? away from the line towards the outside of the block (see photo):

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Press towards the background (the grey, in this example):

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Repeat these steps to make 12 flying geese blocks. : Sew the flying geese into 4 groups of 3 geese each. Then lay them out!

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You can spin them to the right?

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Or to the left?

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Once you decide which way you?d like the geese to spin, place the 2.5? x 6.5? rectangles on the outside edge of the flying geese units:

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Sew the 2.5? x 6.5? rectangles to the outside edge of each of the flying geese units, pressing towards the background rectangle. Sew the quarters into your finished block!

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