Flying Geese Block Tutorial

on Jan 8, 2016 in Quilting, Tutorials | 5 comments

I was inspired to turn my Winter Brights bundle into a flock of colorful geese! I’ve added a coloring page below that you can print and color at home. It’s a simple but dynamic quilt design using only Flying Geese blocks. Nothing fancy, but so rewarding.

Flying Geese is a versatile quilt block found in many quilt designs either as a single block repeated for an all-over design, or combined with other quilt blocks to make more complex shapes such as stars. It’s made up of three triangles and is usually twice as wide as it is tall. For example, 2″ x 4″ or 3″ x 6″.

Traditionally the large central triangle was made from the lightest colored fabric, representing the “goose”, and two smaller side triangles made from a darker contrasting fabric representing the “sky”. I’ve inverted the colors in my example because who doesn’t love a red polka dot goose?

There are many quilt design possibilities by simply changing the color placement or flipping and rotating the blocks in their rows. Add a row of geese to make a border in a medallion quilt, or surround them with lots of negative space for a modern look.

The following is an easy tutorial for a 3″ x 6″ Flying Geese block. I like this size because it mixes easily with other 3″, 6″, 9″ and 12″ sized blocks.

 

TUTORIAL

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  1. Cut (1) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle and (2) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares

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2. Mark a diagonal line across the back of the 3 1/2″ squares with a marking tool.

3. Place a square on top of the rectangle, right sides together and pin as shown.

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4. Sew along the marked line. Trim threads.

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5. Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.

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6. Press.

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7. Place the second square on top, right sides together and pin as shown. Notice the direction of the diagonal line.

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8. Sew along the marked line. Trim threads.

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9. Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.

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10. Press.

That’s it! I told you it was easy. Now go make one, or 90, and let me know how it goes.

Click to download the Flying Geese Coloring Page

Happy Weekend,
-Adrianne

 

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    5 Comments

  1. Very cute! And so many fabric options to go with that design.

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    Sarah Jones

    January 9, 2016

  2. Sweet site and want to do a Flying Geese quilt. Made one years ago, lap size.

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    Helen White

    June 1, 2016

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