Mystery Monday week 2 again

This Monday we’re re-posting Step 2 of the current Mystery so you should have plenty of time to complete this step before we move on to the excitements of Step 3 next week.  Just a reminder that the Yahoo! forum is available for comparing notes etc. and if you take any pics of work in progress we’d love to see them.

You can download a printable version here.

This week you will need fabrics A, B, and D.

Two sets of instructions are given – if you have plenty of fabric then speed-piece using rectangles and squares; if fabric is in short supply then cut squares and then triangles.

Unit 2     Flying Geese. The finished size of this unit is 4” x 2”.

From Fabric A cut 4 rectangles 2½” x 4½”          or 1, 5¼” square cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric B cut 16 rectangles 2½” x 4½”        or 4, 5¼” squares cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric D cut 44 rectangles 2½” x 4½”        or 11, 5¼” squares cut in 4 diagonally

From Fabric A cut 16 squares 2½”                     or 8, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

From Fabric B cut 96 squares 2½”                     or 48, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

From Fabric D cut 16 squares 2½”                     or 8, 2⅞” squares cut in half diagonally

Flying Geese from triangles

(You can increase the size of the following pictures by clicking on them)

Lay out one large and two small triangles in the correct arrangement.

With the large and one small triangle RS together, and with lower and diagonal edges aligned, stitch from top to bottom ¼” from the cut edge.

Press the seam in the direction of the smaller triangle.

Position the remaining small triangle RS together as shown (note lower edge aligned and “crossover” at the top) and stitch.

Press this second seam allowance towards the small triangle.

Trim “ears” and press.

You could lay out and stack all the pieces for one set of Flying Geese units and chain piece your way down the stack for the first small triangles.  Snip apart, press then similarly chain piece your way down the second stack for the remaining small triangles, snip these apart, trim and press.

Flying Geese from rectangles and squares

Depending on your degree of accuracy and level of experience you can choose to either mark and stitch or just aim and stitch.

If you like the comfort of stitching on a marked line then you will need to mark the diagonal on the WS of each of the small squares.

TIP: If you detest waste of fabric you may find that it’s worth taking the extra time and marking a second diagonal ½” from the first.  This means that you can stitch along both marked lines and then cut between the two lines and you have a dinky ready-pieced half square triangle unit. We leave it to you as to what to do with all of these – perhaps put them in yet another bag to await inspiration?

With RS together align a small square with the right hand, top and lower edge of a rectangle.  Stitch on the marked line.

Press to set the line of stitching then trim away to leave a ¼” seam allowance.

Turn back the newly-pieced triangle(s) and press.


In the same way align the second square with the left, top and lower edges of the rectangle and stitch on the marked line.  Double check the direction of the diagonal to be sure that you will end up with a Goose unit, not a parallelogram.  Also notice the overlap at the top edge.

Press the stitched line flat then trim away.

Take a moment to admire the X on the WS of the unit– this will be a most useful reference point in the later stages of this Mystery.

TIP:  If a (background) fabric is directional you can create a livelier final look by changing the direction whenever possible.  So, for instance, in the pictures above you can see that the wavy line pattern on the background fabric is running in the same direction for both small triangles – it would look better/more interesting if the waves went down one triangle and across the other.

What you need to make for this step

Make 44 Flying Geese units using D rectangles (triangles) and B squares (triangles)

When pressed and trimmed, put these units into Bag Y.

Make 16 Flying Geese units using B rectangles (triangles) and A squares (triangles) and D squares (triangles).  Take care with the positioning – A should be on the left each time.

When pressed and trimmed put these units into Bag Z.

Make 4 Flying Geese units using A rectangles (triangles) and B squares (triangles).

When pressed and trimmed, put these units into Bag Y.

Your double check:

Bag X should now contain – 18 squares cut in Week 1

Bag Y should now contain – 44 Flying Geese BDB and 4 Flying Geese BAB

Bag Z should now contain – 16 Flying Geese ABD

Sit back and await further instructions!

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