Friday, February 18, 2011

Flying Geese Tutorial

One of my favorite quilt blocks is flying geese.  Here is the easiest way I have found to make these great blocks.  This method has zero wasted fabric and it makes 4 flying geese blocks at a time.  Good Luck!
These measurements make (4) 3x6 inch finished geese or 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch.  Start with 1 square 7 1/4 in. square.  This becomes your center triangle in the flying geese.  You will also need (4) 3 7/8 inch square these become the side units of the flying geese.
 Draw a diagonal line on all four 3 7/8 squares.
 Place two smaller squares on opposite ends of large square as shown.  Corners should overlap in center. Pin.

 Stitch a 1/4" seam on each side of the drawn line.

 Cut in half on drawn line.
 Press seams open towards small triangles.
 Place remaining small squares on bottom point of each sewn unit as shown. Pin.
 Stitch a 1/4" seam on each side of drawn line.
 Cut in half on drawn line.
 Press open triangle units.
 Whaala!!!  You have FOUR flying geese in a very short time!      Here are some measurements for common sizes of flying geese.
Finished sizes include 1/4" seam allowance:
Finished 1"x2"     Cut one 3 1/4" and four 1 7/8"
Finished 2"x4"     Cut one  5 1/4" and four 2 7/8"
Finished 2 1/2" x 5"   Cut one 6 1/4" and four 3 3/8"
Finished 3"x6"     Cut one 7 1/4" and four 3 7/8"
Finished 3 1/2" x 7"   Cut one 8 1/4" and four 4 3/8"                                                    


  1. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I like this way much better than the way I had been doing them.