Flying geese block can be hard for a new quilter to learn to make. There are many templates and rulers now on the market to help make this block. When you visit museums you always see a quilt that is made of flying geese blocks. It was a very early block designed in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. The makers would line the geese up in a straight line in a strip. These quilts are usually called strippies because the the strips of geese was alternated with a strip of fabric. After the country began making domestic muslin in 1815 fabric became inexpensive compared to the imported fabrics from Europe. The fabric was only about 22 inches wide and coarse compared to later muslin. The fabric was not printed or dyed until 15 years later. But women bought it and used it for bedding, underwear, curtains and home dyed it for garments. They couldn’t get enough of it because it freed them up from the task of spinning and weaving. And for the first time they could decorate their homes following the fashion of the well to do homes. At the time stripes was very popular in home furnishing. Wealthy people would paint strips on their walls and covered their chairs with striped fabric. The ladies would wear cloths that was made with striped fabric that was imported. So all the women tried to dress up their home with strips and they did that with quilts made from scraps of fabric pieced together in strips. The block they created often was the flying geese and they made them beautifully with just cutting them free hand and stitching them together. Some may have used paper templates to help them make them all the same size.
Today we have plenty of tools to help us make perfect blocks. In last diary I went over how to make a flying geese block. The Ohio star that we are making in this diary is also known as the Susquehanna star. It was one of the earliest blocks make in pieced quilts. It was usually found in the Susquehanna River area in the second quarter of the 19th century.
In order to make a simple Ohio Star for a 12 1/2 square inches block you will need:
Make four flying geese blocks that are 3 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches. Instruction for that is in the last diary of the sampler quilt. You will cut one 9 inch square of medium and one 7 1/2 inch square of dark to follow the Quilt in a Day method.
Four 3 1/2 inches square blocks for the corners of the same dark fabric used in flying geese
One 6 1/2 inches square block for the center in light fabric.
Lay out the blocks like the following picture to sew together.
I chose to fussy cut from a toiles reproduction fabric that is in a dark cheddar the center block. This will give me a nice space to free motion quilt in.
Sew the pieces together in 3 strips first.
Then sew the strips together.