In Need of a Triangle
I need to make some flying geese for my Sweet Land of Liberty, but I need to make them scrappy. And as I use my homespun fabric, I'm only having some small scraps left over. So making the no waste method flying geese gets tougher as I have fewer large squares to use.
Mulling this over I figured the sizes of squares I needed for a 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" flying goose. I'd need a 5 1/4" square for the goose body, and four 2 7/8" (I added the 1/8" for easier cutting) squares for the wings - as per the no waste method. I can vary the wings easily, but it would give me 4 bodies that are the same. AND I don't have such a large piece.
So I cut out paper templates of the sizes I need. Cut them as I would while using the no waste method and voila I have my scrappy geese templates..
Upon comparing the formula (which is calculated for the finished size) with my paper templates, I see that for the unfinished size one would take away 3/4" from the unfinished body square, and half inch from the unfinished wing square and one has the measurement needed to make a flying goose with triangles. So the next one I made I cut a square for each part with these new dimensions and it came out perfect. I'll try other sizes in the near future to see if that holds up. Math rules!