Sunday, August 23, 2015

Block 101 - Flying Geese

Flying geese are my probably my favorite block to make.  There is something almost magical about how this block is made.

I didn't invent this no waste method and you can find other tutorials on line for different ways of making geese.

But here is mine

To make a set of 4 geese, you'll need one large square and 4 small squares.

Let's make geese that will be 2" x 3½'' (unfinished).

For geese this size, you'll need a 4½'' square of your primary fabric plus four (4)  2½'' squares of the background fabric.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the background squares. 

Pin 2 of the background squares onto the larger square, right sides together and lining up your diagonal lines.

Sew a scant ¼ “ to either side of the drawn line - first to one side...

and then the other:

 Cut apart .

Finger press open.  Pin a single square, right sides together, lining up the diagonal line to the corner.

Sew a scant ¼ '' to one side of the drawn line.

And then the other.

Cut apart.

Finger press to see the magic

Tada!  You just made 4 lovely magical flying geese.

You need to trim carefully to get to 2'' x 3½''.  The ruler pictured is called the Wing Clipper but there are several other rulers out there.  You can also just use your regular ruler.  The key is to make sure that the tip of the geese is centered with the 3½'' and that there is a generous ¼'' between the tip and the edge so that you won't lose the tip when you sew them together.

Trim top and right side. 

Flip and align to the desired size.  Trim again.

Nicely trimmed and ready for flight.

And now joining the flock.

You can make geese in all sizes.  My example made flying geese that were 3½ x 2 '' (unfinished) or would be 3 x 1 ½ '' (finished).

The formula for creating geese any size you want is easy.  Start with any finish size you want - the height and the width.  The height will be half the size of the width.

For the primary color - the gold used in the sample is the primary color - add 1½" to the width (W) you want and cut a square at that size.   For the secondary color - the white in my sample - add 1'' to the height (H) and cut 4 squares at that size.   

Confused?  Try the table or let's do some math:

You need a flying geese unit which will finish in your quilt at 4'' tall and 8'' wide (4 x 8")?  You'll need to cut a square at 9½'' (width of 8'' plus 1½'') of the primary color.  You'll need to cut 4 squares of the secondary color at 5'' (height of 4'' plus 1'').

Now start creating your very own flock!

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. Your way is very easy and nice. I had a ton of 2" squares and used those to make a small quilt edge a couple of years ago.

  2. I will have to try this one--i am so bad at anything "angular"...thanks for the tutorial hugs, Julierose


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