Flying Geese with 2 pieces of fabric

Flying geese can be a tricky quilt block.  They are quite a few different ways to make them too!

While stitching up this quilt with a whole bunch of stars, my mom had called to tell me of a way to do flying geese.

I gave it a try, because– I didn’t like doing the math of the other one and I really am ok with exploring new ways of doing things.

So.  I did it.

Now, it does waste a little edge of fabric….however.  I felt like the geese were easier to make, easier to square up and they turned out nicer than the other ways I had tried before.

And– the math is easy.

Learn how to sew 4 flying geese quilt blocks with 2 pieces of fabric!

Here’s the math part:

1–Take the UNFINISHED size of your flying geese (the longer measurement) and ADD 1″

Cut your background color this measurement

2– ADD 1 1 /2” to the measurement you just cut in step one.

Cut your points color this measurement

Example:

say you want a flying geese to be UNFINISHED: 3 1/2″ X 6 1/2″

1– ADD 1″ to 6 1/2″ = 7 1/2″

2– ADD 1 1/2″ to 7 1/2″ = 9″

Simple.

Done.

Ready to sew.

The process is fairly simple– but there is one part that is a bit tricky.  If you are sewing along with the Summer Solar Eclipse Quilt Along though, you’ll have this down by the end and you’ll be able to do it any time for any flying geese!

If you aren’t loving this way of making them, you are more than welcome to try another way.  Use your favorite method.  No one is bossy around here and you are free to do as you wish. Just make sure your flying geese units are the correct measurement for their blocks.

Flying geese units~ 4 flying geese, 2 pieces of fabric

1- Lay right sides together, 9″ and 7 1/2″ square– the smaller square will be on top and centered to the larger square

2- Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the smaller square

3- Sew on both sides of the line 1/4″ seam

4- Cut on the drawn line and iron

5- Place the squares -right sides facing- the lights will be opposite.  It looks a little weird.

*you are lining up the outside edges.  DO NOT line up the center seam

6- Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side– your line will cross the center seam

7- Sew on both sides of the line 1/4″ seam

8- Cut on the drawn line and iron

9- The first cut will be 1/4″ past the point of the flying geese- then use this line to trim the opposite side.

10- Trim up your flying geese units to 3 1/2″ X 6 1/2″

Repeat with other 9″ and 7 1/2″ squares

—this tutorial is helpful for the Summer Solar Eclipse Quilt Along

free quilt along- 2017 summer solar eclipse. fun play on dark and lights, lots of contrast!

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  1. Melissa

    9 August

    I’ve never seen this technique before. I’ll try it! In “the math part”, you might want to clarify that you will be cutting a square that measures 7″ square and a square that measures 9 1/2″ square. That wasn’t clear to me until I read the next section.

  2. Clairequilty

    9 August

    The beauty of this video is one can make any size imaginable geese block. Thanks for the video that clearly shows this technique. In the final step, special rulers are available to square-up the common-size geese.

  3. Carol Bogdan

    14 August

    Add 1 1/2″ to 7″ does not equal 9 1/2. It equals 8 1/2.

  4. Becky

    14 August

    thank you Carol for catching that! I had the incorrect starting measurement off- the unfinished flying geese was 6 1/2″ so then the measurements that followed did work.
    It’s all been updated. Thanks again for your input.

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