Flying Geese Block – Quilt Tutorial for Beginners

Today we’re covering a very popular and versatile quilting block called Flying geese.

Flying geese quilt block

This is the latest in our series of tutorials showing the basic blocks used in quilting, having previously covered half square triangles and squares.

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.

How to cut large and small square

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.

Diagram to show how to sew small triangle onto large triangle on the flying geese block

Repeat the process above by sewing the other small triangle on the other side of the large triangle.

Diagram to show final sewing to complete flying geese block

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.

flying geese size chart

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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