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BlockBuster 3 – Flying Dutchman

Flying Geese are fun to make when you know how!  When you learn to use Deb Tucker’s Wing Clipper, you will make 4 flying geese at once.  With the Wing Clipper you can make finished size flying geese in 10 sizes from 1/2″ X 1″ to 5″ X 10″.  This block is called the 03 Flying Dutchman and consists of 8 flying geese.  All the instructions you need to make the flying geese units required for this block came with your Wing Clipper’s instructions.  There is a chart with step by step graphics and directions.

I chose the third option in the supply list.  Remember the large square becomes the large triangle or body in your flying geese, and the small squares become the side triangles or wings in your units.

I am making my BlockBuster blocks 12″ finished size.  That way when I’m done I can make a quilt.  When using the Wing Clipper you start with one large square and 4 small squares.  IMG_0575

For a 12″ block, my units need to be 3″ x 6″ finished size.  According to the chart in my instructions my large square should be cut 7 1/2″ and my small squares should be cut 4″.  Because I need 8 flying geese units I cut 2 large squares and 8 small squares.

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Take your Magic Wand and on the back of your small squares draw lines diagonally corner to corner as shown above.

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Position two small squares on one large square as shown.  When positioning, nudge the small squares toward the center a thread or two.  This gives you a little more to trim off.

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Sew on lines and cut apart as shown above.

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Press toward the small triangles.  Position another small square as shown above, again nudging the small square away from the edge about 1/16th of inch.

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Sew on the lines and cut apart, and press.

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You now have 4 oversized flying geese units.  Repeat the same process with the second large square and 4 small squares.

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You now have 8 oversized flying geese units.

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Position your oversized flying geese unit horizontally on your cutting mat, with unit pointed toward you as shown above.  Align the diagonal guide lines of the Wing Clipper with the sewn seams of the flying geese unit. Trim the two sides.

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Rotate your unit and reposition your Wing Clipper to align clean-up guidelines with the previously trimmed raw edges and trim.  Check your instruction for Left-handed trimming.

Lay out your units and sew 2 together to make 4 quarters, pressing your seams in the directions the geese are flying.

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Sew your 4 quarters together.

BlockBuster 2 – Crowning Glory

The BlockBuster 2 – Crowning Glory block is very much like the Ohio Star Variation.  Both use the Tucker Trimmer I, but the corner units are swapped out for the Shaded Four Patch units.  All the instructions you need for this block can be found in the instructions that came with your Tucker Trimmer I tool and on the Shaded Four Patch Technique Sheet.

Click here for the 02 Crowning Glory supply list.  When making your shaded four patches, remember that the narrow strip is your small square and the wide strip becomes your little triangles, and the rectangle is the large triangle.  I chose to make the middle block layout using 5 fabrics for a 12″ finished block.

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Color 1 – Background, cut 2 – 5″ x 6″ rectangles.

Color 2 – Light Teal, wide strip, cut 1 – 3 3/4″ strip WOF ( if using a fat quarter, cut 2 strips). Cut 1 – 5 1/2″ square.

Color 3 – Dark Teal, narrow strip, cut 1 – 2 3/4″ strip WOF ( if using a fat quarter, cut 2 strips). Cut 2 – 5 1/2″ squares.

Color 4 – Gold, cut 1 – 5 1/2″ square.

Color 5 – Red center square, cut 1 – 4 1/2″ square.

Beginning with the shaded four patch units, cut 2 – 5″ x 6″ rectangles from Color 1 – Background.  Cut 1 – 3 3/4″ strip from Color 2 – Light Teal.   Cut 1 – 2 3/4″ strip from Color 3 – Dark Teal.

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Cut the wide & the narrow strips in half if you cut from WOF.

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Take one narrow strip and one wide strip and with right sides together, sew along one long side. Repeat with the other 2 strips.  Press towards the wide strip.

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Pair two of the pieced strips, right sides together with the narrow strips on opposite sides as show below:

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Trim the end and sub-cut into units the same width as the narrow strip, which is 2 3/4″.  Because we only need 4 shaded four patch units, we only need to cut 2 pairs.

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Stitch each pair of cut pieces along one long side. Fold in half to find the center and snip to the seam line to aid in pressing.

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Press each unit as shown below:

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Position a ruler with a 45 degree angle on your unit as shown below. Draw a 45 degree sewing line from the top to bottom, through the corner of the square where the stitching lines meet.

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Draw a second 45 degree sewing line through the other corner as shown below:

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Center each marked unit over the rectangle. Sew on the lines, Cut apart and press toward the large triangle.

Using your Tucker Trimmer I, trim to the cut size of 4 1/2″.  Rotate the unit and trim again.  You now have 4 shaded four patch units.

As with the Ohio Star Variation we will be making 3 color quarter square triangles.  I chose the dark teal as my star points.  Following the instructions for my Tucker Trimmer  for 4″ finished units, I cut 2 – 5 1/2″ starter squares of my color 3 dark teal, 1 – 5 1/2″ starter square of color 2 light teal. And 1 – 5 1/2″ starter square of color 4 gold.

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We start by making half square triangles.  Using your Magic Wand, draw diagonal lines on the back of 2 of the starter squares.  Position a color 2 light teal square over a color 3 dark teal square, and a color 4 gold square over the other color 3 dark teal square.

Sew on the lines and cut apart.  Press toward the dark triangle.

Again, Using your Magic Wand draw diagonal sewing lines on the back of two half square triangles.

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Position one gold and dark teal half square triangle over one light teal and dark teal half square triangle making sure the dark teal is on opposite sides. Nest the seams carefully.  Sew on the lines, cut apart, swirl the centers and press well.  Repeat with the other two half square triangles.

Trim to the cut size of 4 1/2″ using your Tucker Trimmer I. Rotate and trim Again.  You now have 4 – 3 color quarter square triangles.

Cut 1 – 4 1/2″ square from color 5 for the block center.  Layout your units as shown below:

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Sew the 3 units on the right and press toward the shaded four patch units.  Sew the center 3 units and press toward the center square.  sew the 3 units on the left and press toward the shaded four patch units.  Join the 3 sections, carefully nesting the seams and press.

The finished block:

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Below are Crowning Glory and the Ohio Star Variation side by side .  They look so different for being so similar.

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BlockBuster 1 – Ohio Star Variation

If you have been following Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design’s Facebook page then you know that Deb premiered their BlockBuster program series last January, which means they have a full year of exciting blocks to add to your quilting repertoire.

The Ohio Star is one of the most classic quilting blocks, and one that can be easily transformed by playing with the four cornerstone units.  Instead of the traditionally seen solid squares for the corners, they pieced two half square triangle units with two squares to make a more interesting variation.  Click here 01 Ohio Star Variation for the Supply list.  I all have the supply sheets for the BlockBusters on my page or you can go to Studio 180 Design

The supply sheet has a Cutting Chart giving you the option of making 6″, 12″ or 15″ finished blocks, and shows 3 different color ways.  I decided to make 12″ finished blocks.  I chose 4 colors for my block.  Color 1 is a light background.  Color 2 is my dark fabric for my star points.  Color 3 is my gold fabric and Color 4 is my red fabric.  it really helps to assign numbers to your fabric choices.

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We will make four 3 color quarter square triangles using the instructions from your Tucker Trimmer I.  You will need 4 – 4.5″ unfinished quarter Square triangles for your block.  Check your Tucker Trimmer instructions, there is a chart that based on your finished or unfinished size unit tells you what size your starter squares should be.  You will need 1 – 5.5″ (color 1) background square,  2 – 5.5″ (Color 2) black squares & 1 – 5.5″ (color 3) Gold square .

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We  start by making half square triangles.  Position: I placed my background square and my gold square on my 2 dark squares.  Placing my “Magic Wand” diagonally on the squares I drew a line on both sides of the wand.  I sewed on the lines and then cut them apart as shown below.

I then pressed them towards the dark triangle.  When ever you are pressing, remember “whatever you are pressing toward, goes on top”!

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Using your Magic Wand, draw diagonal lines on the back of 2 half square triangles.

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Position your half square triangles right sides together making sure the dark triangles are opposite each other and that the seams are nicely nested.

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Sew on the drawn lines and cut apart.

Swirl the centers and press making sure all the seams completely open.

Trim using your Tucker Trimmer. The cut size of the unit is 4.5″, find the half circle on you Tucker Trimmer and the diagonal 4.5″ line. Using the 4.5″ line and the common diagonal line center it on your unit and trim 2 sides.  Then rotate your unit centering as before but also using the 2 trimmed sides and trim again.  You now have 4 – 3 color quarter square triangles that will be the star points for your Ohio Star.

Make the corner units that are made up of 8 – 2.5″ unfinished half square triangles and 8 – 2.5″ squares (4 from our background fabric and 4 from your color 4 fabric).  We start by checking our chart to find for 2.5″ unfinished half square triangles we cut 4 – 3″ starter squares of both our dark and background fabric. Again using our Magic Wand draw diagonal lines on the back of the background fabric, position and sew on the lines.

Cut apart and press toward the dark triangles. As before trim to 2.5″ using your Tucker Trimmer.

Layout 2 half square triangles, 1 – 2.5″ background square and 1 – 2.5″ square from Color 4 as shown below.  Sew 1 half square triangle to a background square and 1 half square triangle to a color 4 square.  Press toward the square fabric. Place right sides together and nesting the seams and sew together.  You can press the seam to one side or, I chose to press it open to lessen bulk.

Cut 1 – 4.5″ center square  and lay out your block units as shown below:

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Sew units together in 3 sections.  Press the side sections toward the corner units and the center section toward the center square so the seams nest nicely.

Join the 3 sections to make your Ohio Star Variation.

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