Clue #2 flying geese: done!
I don't have the strips at the ready like Bonnie does so even though I pull lots of different fabrics to go scrappy.... I still have to cut from larger pieces of fabric to get the pieces I need. So if I'm going to cut larger anyway....I figure I might as well make them easier too.
So after seeing a link posted on quiltvillechat showing how to make an alternate shaded 4-patch by Stitching Circle .... I just had to check it out.
This sounded like just what I was looking for.....except those bias edges on the cut triangles.
So I thought about it and came up with my addition to that tutorial. I followed her measurements and sewing instructions from #1 through #5.
BUT.....I did not cut my 4-patch at this time. Instead this is my version.....
#6. My 4-patch measures 3½" x 4¼" so I cut rectangles out of my turquoise fabric to layer on top.
#7 In order to draw the angle that would be needed I had to turn the easy angle over and line up the bottom measurements. Draw a line on the wrong side of the fabric as shown in 2nd picture.
#8 Layer the rectangle on top of the 4-patch and pin to secure.
#9. Sew ¼" along each side of the drawn line.
Then cut along that drawn line.
and press open......two blocks made and NO BIAS to work with!
Clue #3 Shaded 4-patch: done!
I know I'm late to post this for most people but I'll link it to *My Tutorial* page at the top of my blog. Maybe it will come in handy in the future.