Today we’re covering a very popular and versatile quilting block called Flying geese.
The Flying geese block is so named because of its resemblance to the bird, which becomes more apparent when multiple blocks are used.
When you create your block, the large triangle is the ‘goose’ and is created from a quarter square triangle. The two small triangles are the ‘sky’.
How to make your flying geese block
This is the traditional method for making a flying geese block. We will be creating a finished block that is 3” x 6”. To make other sized blocks, referred to the size chart below.
Take a large square that is 7¼” x 7¼” and a small square of 3⅞” x 3⅞”.
Cut the large square along each diagonal to form quarter square triangles.
Cut the small square in half along one diagonal.
Place one of the small triangles on top of a large triangle, then sew along the edge. Fold out and press with either your fingers or an iron.
Repeat the process above by sewing the other small triangle on the other side of the large triangle.
You will have some fabric ‘ears’ which can be trimmed off.
With this method you’ll have three triangles left over from the large square, which you can use to make further flying geese blocks.
Traditional size chart – Flying geese
Below is a chart for calculating the size of the large and small squares that you need, depending on the finished size required.
Quilt patterns using flying geese
The flying geese block is so versatile. It can be used as a border or incorporated into more complex block designs.
Below are 2 examples of blocks that use 8 flying geese. The first is called a ‘Flying Dutchman’ block and the second is a chevron.
When several blocks are used together, the following patterns can be produced.
Here are some further quilt patterns that have been created using only flying geese.
Free pattern download
We’ve now covered the 3 basic quilt blocks:
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