Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs released the August instructions for the Midnight Mystery Quilt yesterday. I was so eager to get started that I got the first blocks, 36 flying geese, completed in 2 hours in the afternoon!
For August, we are to make 36 flying geese using the no-waste method, and I have a few tips for those of you who are joining in or going to be following no-waste flying geese instructions.
- The scant quarter inch in the instructions is no joke! It makes all the difference in making your flying geese turn out large enough.
- Trimming at the end is really facilitated by having a nice ruler. I used a 6.5-inch square creative grids ruler to trim and square the 3.5-inch by 6.5-inch flying geese. Being able to make sure that the point of the flying geese block is a quarter inch away from the edge under a nice ruler is really beneficial.
- Chain piecing can be really beneficial, but *for me*, when there is a lot of a task, I like to break up my work a little bit more. I would make 4 flying geese at a time so that I could take my time and enjoy each stage (sewing, pressing, trimming) without becoming overwhelmed. Chain piecing might be your jam, and if so, that is awesome! I just really get bogged down when I am left with a bunch of trimming to do…
One of the pleasures of creating any quilt is finding the happy coincidences that turn up without planning, and I believe that is especially true for mystery quilts. It was fun to go through my stack of flying geese blocks and pick out the really happy print placements that resulted on occasion.
As Cheryl has pointed out, there is still plenty of time to catch up if you have decided you want to join in on the fun. And if you are curious, you can read my previous Midnight Mystery Quilt posts below: