What am I doing wrong?

I am once again participating in the mystery quilt from Meadow Mist Designs, this time based on those wonderful cookies called Macarons!!!

For the months of October and November, we made flying geese….and more flying geese…..and even more flying geese!! She has promised us that this is the last of them.

But, it did give me an opportunity to perfect my flying geese technique. But, alas, that was not the case and I am still having troubles.

We are making them by the 4-at-a-time method and I love how they look when they are in process…..

But when I start trimming them down, the point side always seems to be a bit short!! I even marked the first set so I would remember when I used these units in another step……

I figured that I had not been careful enough in my piecing or ironing so set out the next month to do better.

In November, I VERY carefully pieced and ironed, but they still ended up a bit short on one side (normally the left one)…..

‘I am using the Wing-Clipper tool to trim.

Do you have any thoughts about what I am doing wrong???

ALL help will be appreciated!!

10 thoughts on “What am I doing wrong?

  1. I had the same difficulty while working on a block of the month project and gave up. However, being a quilter who never gives up, I purchased a ruler to cut the flying geese and added 1/2″ to each piece when cutting fabric which solved my problem. Watch YouTube videos, especially Quilt in a Day which makes it so simple to understand.

    1. I am using a different ruler to square up and am wondering if that is my problem. I love watching YouTube videos when I am in the gym….it makes the Eliptical time go so fast!!! I will definitely have a look at Quilt In a Day. Eleanor Burns was a big part of my formative quilting career!!!

  2. I’ll be watching your comments here; I often have the same problem and I use the wing clipper. Most of my rulers are the same brand, but i recently replaced the 6″ with a new brand. Hmmm…

  3. I too have this problem. I think it is caused from poor lighting casting a shadow from whatever ruler you are using and it tricks the eye in thinking all is true or plum, and then after the cut you see it is not right. Maybe try repositioning the light?

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