Howdy friends! I'm home from Quilt Market and trying to jump back into regular life. It was a great time and I look forward to trying to process it all so that I can share some of the highlights with you. I apologize for the hiccups with the Virtual Quilting Bee Block this weekend. Both Amanda and I were at Market with limited internet access. Poor Amanda's server has been having glitches. Talk about stress for her.
After having the chance to make my own block today I thought I'd share another technique for Inset Seams (or Partial Seams) since it's a little bit simpler and quicker. Feel free to use whichever method you choose. Since there was a little confusion on the block, I thought I'd show my process.
Go here for to see the block cutting requirements. **I did make one change - I cut my center square 3.25" (instead of 3.5") and it worked perfect.** Make outside flying geese blocks per Amanda's instructions.
After four Flying-geese units were created I laid out my pieces.
Starting with the top flying-geese unit, I lined up the right side with the right side of my center square and sewed a regular 1/4" seam, stopping and back-stitching about 1" from the end.
Going clockwise, you will notice that the second flying-geese block is the same length as the right side of the pieced unit. I sewed the second flying-geese block to the pieced unit like normal and pressed the seam toward the flying-geese block. No inset-seams to worry about. Easy-peasy.
Repeat the same process again, moving clockwise and sew the third flying-geese unit to the bottom of the growing block.
Repeat one more time on the final side.
Fold back up, press seam toward the flying-geese unit and voila: you did it!
I hope that helps. I'm sorry again for any frustration or confusion. Thanks for your patience and for those who chimed in in the comments to help out while I was unavailable.