Combine monochrome prints with soft blues and a pink colour pop to stitch up supersize arrows using Flying Geese units
Combine monochrome prints with soft blues and a pink colour pop to stitch up Nicole Calver’s supersize arrows
■ Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
■ Press seams open, unless otherwise instructed.
■ FG = Flying Geese.
■ RST = right sides together.
■ WOF = width of fabric.
■ WST = wrong sides together.
■ Fabric and Sulky Threads provided by Cotton+Steel (cottonandsteelfabrics.com)
Monochrome print fabrics are from the Black & White collection by Cotton+Steel.
From each of the black print fabrics cut two (2) 8½in x WOF strips. Subcut each strip into two (2) 8½in squares and two (2) 6½in x 12½in rectangles. You will only need a total of twenty-three of each, so will have one of each left over.
From each of four of the neutral print fabrics cut:
■ Two (2) 6½in x WOF strips. Subcut each strip into three (3)
6½in x 12½in rectangles.
■ Two (2) 2½in x WOF strips. Subcut each strip into three (3)
2½in x 8½in rectangles.
From each of the remaining four neutral print fabrics cut:
■ Two (2) 27/ 8in x WOF strips. Subcut each strip into fourteen (14) 27/ 8in squares.
■ Two (2) 6½in x WOF strips. Subcut each strip into six (6) 6½in squares and one (1)
27/ 8in square.
From each of the blue print fabrics, cut:
■ One (1) 6½in x WOF strip. Subcut each strip into six (6) 6½in square.
■ One (1) 2½in x WOF strip. Subcut each strip into three (3) 2½in x 12½in rectangles.
From three of the blue print fabrics also cut one (1) 5¼in x WOF strip. Subcut each strip into eight (8) 5¼in squares.
From the pink print fabric cut:
■ One (1) 8½in square.
■ One (1) 6½in x 12½in rectangle.
■ Six (6) 5¼in squares.
From the binding fabric, cut nine (9)
MAKING THE SMALL FG UNITS
Take four of the 27/ 8in neutral print squares. On the wrong side of each square, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner. 9
Take one 5¼in blue print square and, RST, place a neutral print square on two opposite corners, with the marked lines running from corner to corner of the blue print square. The neutral print squares will overlap in the centre (Fig A).
Sew ¼in either side of the marked lines, then cut the unit apart on the lines (Fig B). Press the two units open (Fig C).
RST, place a neutral print square on the remaining blue print corner of each of the units from step 10, with the marked line running towards the centre (Fig D).
Sew ¼in either side of the marked line, then cut the units apart on the line (Fig E). Press the two units open to complete four blue/neutral Small FG units (Fig F).
Repeat steps 8–12 with the remaining
5¼in blue print squares to make a total of ninety-six (96) blue/neutral Small FG units.
Repeat steps 8–12 with the 5¼in pink print squares to make a total
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of twenty-four (24) pink/neutral Small FG units.
MAKING THE LARGE FG UNITS
Take two of the 6½in neutral print squares. On the wrong side of each square, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.
Take one 6½in x 12½in black print rectangle. RST, place one 6½in neutral print square on one corner of the rectangle, with the diagonal line running from the bottom corner to the centre of the top edge (Fig G).
Stitch on the marked line and then trim ¼in beyond the stitched line (Fig H). Flip the corner open and press the seam towards the neutral triangle (Fig I). Nicole stitched on either side of her line to make an extra HST to use in another project.
Repeat steps 16–17 with the other corner of the black print rectangle to complete one black/neutral Large FG unit (Fig J).
Repeat steps 15–18 to make a total of twenty-three black/neutral Large FG units.
Repeat steps 15–18 with the blue
6½in squares and the neutral print
6½in x 12½in rectangles to make a total of twenty-four neutral/blue Large FG units.
Repeat steps 15–18 with the neutral print 6½in squares and pink print
6½in x 12½in rectangle to make one pink/neutral Large FG unit.
PIECING BLOCK A
Take one black/neutral Large FG unit and one neutral/blue Large FG unit. Join them as shown, with both units pointing up, to make one black Block A (Fig K).
Repeat step 22 to make a total of twenty-three of black Block A. 24
Repeat step 22 with one neutral/blue Large FG unit and one pink/neutral Large FG unit to make one pink Block A, with the pink unit at the bottom.
PIECING BLOCK B
Take three blue/neutral Small FG units and one pink/neutral Small FG unit. Join them as shown, with all the units pointing left (Fig L).
Take one black print 8½in square. Join it to the top of the pieced FG unit from step 25 (Fig M).
Take one blue Small FG unit and one
2½in x 8½in neutral print rectangle. Join the rectangle to the left-hand short edge of the FG unit (Fig N). Join this strip to the left-hand side of the pieced unit from step 26.
Take one 2½in x 12½in blue print rectangle. Sew it to the right-hand side of the unit from step 27 to complete one blue Block B (Fig O).
Repeat steps 25–28 to make a total of twenty-three of blue Block B.
Repeat step 25–28 using a pink
8½in square to complete one pink Block B.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP
Take the A and B blocks and arrange them into eight rows of six blocks each, matching up the black prints and alternating the blocks to create the arrow effect. Refer to the photo for fabric placement.
Join the blocks into rows, then join the rows to complete the quilt top.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Cut the backing fabric in half across the width. Remove the selvedges and re-join the pieces with a ½in seam. Press the seam open.
Press the quilt top and backing well. Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, the batting on top, then the quilt top centrally and right side up. Baste the layers together using your preferred method.
Quilt as desired. Nicole quilted straight diagonal lines across the quilt. 36
Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt.
Join the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open and trim away the dog ears, then fold in half lengthwise, WST, and press.
Sew the binding to the front of the quilt, folding a mitre at each corner.
Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch it in place to finish.
Add a bold colour pop print to one of your arrow blocks
Making the Small FG units a b c d e f
Quilting with pink thread adds to the colour pop effect