This week I'm preparing to teach two class of the Tucker University at the end of the week. This month I will be teaching my students how to use the Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper® I tool. This tool is straightforward and gives you precise, accurate flying geese every time.
You start by making Flying Geese using the No-Waste Method. You cut out the one large square this will be the body of your geese and four small squares which will be the wings of your geese. To find your sizes you will need to cut, refer to the Flying Geese Chart that comes in Wing Clipper® tool instructions. All the sizes for the squares you will be using are slightly oversized for trimming down later.
Position two smaller squares with right sides facing together diagonally in opposite corners of the large square.
Note: Nudge your smaller squares toward the center to leave a few threads of the larger square showing.
Using your Quilter's Magic Wand you want to mark two sewing lines, from the center diagonal. Each of the marks will be 1/4" away from the center diagonal.
Tip: use a .05mm mechanical pencil or use a fine tip Pigma Micron Pen to mark your lines and angle your pen or pencil tight toward the Quilter's Magic Wand to get your mark as possible.
Also, you may want to pen the squares, so they don't move during sewing.
Stitch on the drawn lines and then trim in between the lines to get to units.
Press the seams toward the small triangle wings so they will lay on top of the unit.
Tip: Be careful when pressing so you don't stretch the Bias. Using a starch product, such as Best Press will help stabilize the units and allow them to lay flat.
Place one of the remaining small squares in the corner of the previously pieced units. Remember to nudge your squares just as you did before. Using your Quilters Magic Wand and fine marking pen again mark your two Sewing lines. Pin to hold the units in place during sewing.
Stitch on the lines and Trim between the lines of stitching on the center diagonal. You will now have 4 Flying Geese units.
Press the seams toward the smaller triangles wings. Remember that your flying geese units will now be slightly larger, so we will now need to trim them down to the precise size.
The flying geese are trimmed down using your Wing Clipper Tool. The tool can be used by both Left and Right Handed, just like all the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Tools.
Position your unit Horizontally on your cutting mat, assuring the "V" point facing you first. Place your Wing Clipper® Tool on top of your flying geese unit. Carefully align the diagonal guide guidelines Wing Clipper on the sewn seam lines of the unit. Trim up the right side and across the top first.
Rotate the Flying Geese unit 180° and reposition the Wing Clipper® tool on the unit. This time align the cleaned up edges with the previous trimmed up edges and the "X" at the top with the intersection of the seams. Trim up the remaining edges on the right and across the top.
Position your unit so that it lays Vertically and the "V" point facing toward the right. Carefully align the diagonal guide guidelines Wing Clipper® on the sewn seam lines of the unit. Trim up the Left side and across the top first.
Rotate the Flying Geese unit 180° and reposition the Wing Clipper® tool on the unit. This time align the cleaned up edges with the previous trimmed up edges and the "X" at the top with the intersection of the seams. Trim up the remain edges on the Left and across the top.
You now have four Precise and accurate beautiful Flying Geese units using the Wing Clipper® tool.
If you have a problem with not getting perfect flying geese with your current method like the ones above, then you may want to give the Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper® tool a try.
Do you use the Wing Clipper® tool or any other of the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design Tools?
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