Squirrel! A quilt in the June 2021 APQ magazine caught my eye--it's actually the cover quilt. It features flying geese in two versions. I decided a cropped portion of the design would make a great baby quilt. However, I did not want to cut the large number of 2.5" squares required for stitch and flip corners and corner squares on the small flying geese--8 per block. There would be a lot of extra sewing to try to save the small waste triangles as HSTs. So pencil and graph paper planning ensued.
As you can see, there were a lot of seams in the pieced smaller flying geese (does this block have another name--maybe pyramid geese?). My thought was to use HSTs for the smaller triangles and assemble it in two rows, as laid out below. I cut those from print 2.5" strips I had on hand, and cut larger corner triangles from white.
You can see a bit of the pattern in the corner of the pic. I sewed the small geese rows together first. Who has already spotted what happened next? Give yourself a pat on the back if you correctly noticed the inner geese pieces were too small.
Yeah, way too small! I used Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle ruler to cut the geese pieces from my precut 2.5" strips, not wanting to cut a size square I do not have in my scrap system to cut in half--or waste 5" squares--for the inner geese.
I assembled the pyramid geese and added the corner white triangles. The larger geese were also cut with Bonnie's Essential Triangle tool. This exercise took a couple of hours, but I'm glad to eliminate assembly seams while using up lots of scraps. I'll continue using prints for the pyramid geese and solids for the large geese, a bunch of which I cut yesterday. My cropped portion of the quilt design will have 16 blocks and I'll add a narrow border or two to make it about 36" square. Another new project to add to the list, but I am so happy when I can use up a lot of these scraps I save, and use as leader-enders. This is about the fourth leader-ender I have going now :)