Thursday, 18 June 2015

Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew - Free Pattern & Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Ho Ho Ho and on we Sew monthly tutorial and link up party hosted by Fiona @ Celtic Thistle Stitches and Paula@ Mud Pies and Pins.  Yes it is only June and Christmas in July hasn't even started yet, but some of us are making gifts all year long.  Holiday makes don't have to be just for the holidays or even from Christmas themed fabric.  Today I am showing you how to make flying geese 4 at a time and so you can make this free pattern I designed for my stop on the hop, called So Frosty!  (I used Tula Pink Acacia with some pale blue print and solid Kona Snow for my version.) 

Included with today's tutorial/pattern, at the bottom of this post, is a giveaway from Fat Quarter shop for a mini charm pack of your choice and the Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew Linky party where you can enter and link up all your holiday makes or hand made gifts.

The linky party is open until the end of the month and random number generator will choose a winner!

So Frosty is a big block quilt, making a 72" x 72" lap quilt.  It's a quick make and perfect for a gift.  Fabric selection makes a big difference to this block.  Even though this fabric comes from a Christmas collection doesn't this one look very 4th of July?

Downton Abbey anyone?
Or maybe a child quilt for a special birthday?
I have to include at least one more traditional holiday though don't I?
The block is made up of squares and flying geese.  As there are so many geese I wrote the pattern (Download Here) using the no waste method which makes 4 flying geese at a time.

Flying geese are traditionally twice as long as they are tall.  There are a number of ways to make them.

The no waste method uses a large square for the Goose fabric and 4 smaller squares for the Sky.

To start with you need a square the finished length of your goose +1 1/4".  For the Sky squares you need the finished height of your goose +7/8".

So Frosty being a big block quilt uses 12 1/2" x 6 1/2" Flying Geese unfinished (1/2" for seam allowance) or 12" x 6" finished.  So I've used a Goose fabric (white) of 13 1/4" x 13 1/4" square and placed 2 of my Sky squares (pale blue) 6 7/8" on two opposing corners.

1. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.
2. Sew 1/4" on either side of this line.
3. Cut into two pieces along your marked line.
4. Press open.
5. Take your remaining 6 7/8" squares and place on the corners of one of your pieces as shown.
6. Mark a diagonal line and sew 1/4" on either side
7. Cut along your marked line.
8. Press open and you should have 2 identical flying geese.
9. Repeat for the remaining piece to make 4 flying geese units!

Here's a summary image  if you should ever want to refer to this method in the future! Large flying geese blocks like these make this pattern a very quick make.

So on with the linky party.  Please link up your gifts and holiday makes and the winner of the mini-charm pack will be selected at the end of the month by Random number generator.

Thanks for visiting my blog on the hop and I hope you have fun with So Frosty.  If you do make your own version of this quilt I'd love to see it - please get in touch (email and social media buttons are at the top of the page!)


  1. Thanks for sharing the pattern! I never thought about using flying geese, I automatically thought HST's! Thanks for showing how you make flying geese, I'm definitely a newbie when it comes to that. Lol.

  2. Thanks Ruth for publishing the pattern. I already make flying geese this way when I need four the same, but I really appreciate your cutting layout. I wish more people included one; I'm not good at finding the most economical divisions in a piece of fabric.

  3. A beautiful lap quilt, Ruth!!! Thanks for the tutorial and pattern. Pinning.

  4. It looks wonderful in all of the variations Ruth, great tutorial too!

  5. Looks like a fun pattern!!! I love the big geese and thank you for showing the pattern with different themes!!!

  6. This is such a great pattern - so perfectly Christmasy :-)

  7. Your flying geese Instructions are great. It'd be a great idea for a demo at the Mid-West Branch (hint, hint)! :)

  8. Great Pattern Ruth and I love how you showed so many fabric combination ideas! Wow Wee - thank you for the download - it's on my bucket list for sure! Are you still considering a QAL with it?
    Thank you too for the no waste flying geese tutorial - it is very clear and looks easy!

  9. Love these quilts. Especially the one with owls in the center.

  10. What a great tutorial! I have lots of Christmas fabric that needs to be used up, so thanks for sharing it.

  11. I love all the different options you have come up with!

  12. What a wonderfully simple tutorial. Thank you! I love the different version you showed here. Each one is so different!


  13. Aha! I see how this makes geese. I never would have thought of that.

  14. Love this quilt! Great tutorial ... it's going to hard to follow this one up!

  15. Thanks for the pattern!! I think it will be added to my ever-growing to-do list.


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