Sampler Quilt Project – Tutorial 5 (Flying Geese) Blocks 11 & 12

If you’ve been following along with our Sampler Quilt project, you’ll know that we’re now at an exciting stage – creating the final 2 blocks of the project. You can see them both in the photo of me holding the finshed quilt, below.

Making thee blocks involves using one of the fundamental quilting blocks called “flying geese”. Once you know how to create this block properly, you’ll be well on the way to becoming a confident quilter.

Cindy holding the completed quilt with the blocks we'll be making in this tutorial.

If you missed our earlier tutorials, you can still get started with this project. Here are the links to the previous tutorials in the Sampler Quilt Project:


  • All seam allowances are ¼”
  • RST = Right Sides Together
  • HST = Half Square Triangle
  • QST = Quarter Square Triangle
  • All finished blocks are 8”
  • The finished quilt size is 36″x46″

Let’s get started

Learning to make the fundamental quilt block called “flying geese” is essential for anyone who wants to become a good quilter. Once you know how to create this block, you’ll be confident creating an array of classic designs.

Furthermore, learning how to make this timeless component will open up many other possibilities for your future projects. Indeed, this is what we will be doing in this project.

I’ve created a step-by-step tutorial on how to make flying geese below. We will then be combining them with the simple geometric shapes that we covered in earlier tutorials. This results in some really quite striking quilt blocks and gives you a taste of what can be achieved by combining simple shapes.

I’ve designed the Sampler Quilt Project so that you are building your skills as you progress from beginner to more experienced. Hopefully you are seeing how this can be so helpful to new crafters… I would have loved to have had something like this when I was starting out.

How to Make the Flying Geese Block

Here are the instructions for making a flying geese block. The sizes are detailed in the cutting instructions for each block, below.

Cut the large square along each diagonal to form quarter square triangles.

Cut the small square in half along one diagonal to form half square triangles..

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.

Block 11 – Flying geese with border

See Sampler Quilt Tutorial 1 for the colour chart.

Cutting Instructions

Colour B – cut (1) 17” X 2” strip, subcut (2) 8½” X 2” rectangles

 Colour G – cut (1) 10½” X 3 ½” strip, subcut (3) 3 ½” squares, subcut 6 HST

Colour C – cut (1) 6 ½” square, subcut 4 QST (you will only need one of these)

Colour D – cut (1) 6 ½” square, subcut 4 QST (you will only need one of these)

Colour C – cut (1) 6 ½” square, subcut 4 QST (you will only need one of these)

Colour F – cut (1) 6 ½” square, subcut 4 QST (you will only need one of these)

Piece this block together as shown below.

Block 12 – Flying geese star

Cutting Instructions

Note: The size of the large and small squares for the flying geese are different to block 11.

Colour G – cut (1) 6” X 3” strip, subcut (2) 3” squares, subcut 4 HST

Colour C – cut (1) 6” X 3” strip, subcut (2) 3” squares, subcut 4 HST

Colour E – cut (1) 12” X 3” strip, subcut (4) 3” squares, subcut 8 HST

Colour G – cut (1) 5 ¼” square, subcut 4 QST

Colour G – cut (1) 4 ½” square (this is the centre square)

Make your flying geese blocks and half square triangles first.

Here is the diagram for piecing this block together.

What’s Next?

Next month will be the final part of this project. We will be taking our completed blocks, creating the ‘quilt sandwich’, inserting sashing and borders, finishing with binding on the edges.

At the end of it, we’ll have a completed quilt!

We’ll be posting tutorial 6 here in our blog, in the first week of March.

Happy Sewing,


4 thoughts on “Sampler Quilt Project – Tutorial 5 (Flying Geese) Blocks 11 & 12

  1. Margaret Short says:

    These tutorials are brilliant. So easy to follow (even for me.) I had no idea what I was getting when I ordered my first fabrics on Amazon, followed by an order direct with yourselves. I couldn’t be happier. I have a couple of projects on the go just now but a quilt following your tutorial will follow. Thank you

    • Overdale Fabrics says:

      Hi Margaret, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m delighted to hear that you are enjoying the “Sampler Quilt” series, it’s also good to know that the instructions are easy to follow. Comments like yours make our day when we receive them, so thank you. Happy Sewing Cindy.

  2. Sandra Kirby says:

    Loving making these blocks& I am finding the instructions really helpful. I can’t wait to see them all put together! For block 12 though, should it read cut 8 HST from fabric E? The diagram looks like we need 8? Thank you

    • Overdale Fabrics says:

      Hi Sandra, thank you for your comment, it’s great to hear that you are enjoying making these blocks. Well spotted you are correct there was an error on block 12 fabric E. It has now been corrected and updated. Thanks again for taking the time to let us know.
      Happy Sewing Cindy

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