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The Circling Geese Quilting Block

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Here is another flying geese quilt block that has been taken up a notch.  Most of the flying geese blocks you see with the geese going around in a circle are paper pieced.

This block also has the geese blocks all going around in a circle, although they do not all touch each other.  What catches your eye first are the 4 squares on point. The block is more heavy, whether you see it as an X or a cross on the diagonal.

To make this block, you must first decide what measure to make the geese units.  Using Simple Measurements, let's plan them to finish at 2x4 inches.  That means they will measure 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches raw When you seam 2 units together, you will have a square that measures 4 1/2 x 41/2 inches raw.

As you can see from the picture at the top of the page, the center block is the same size.  So cut your square for the center 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches raw.

Now all the remain are the side setting triangles and the  corner triangles.

Reviewing the instructional links for these triangles, you know that the corner triangles are made from half square triangles cut in half.  Using the finished size of 4 inches for the blocks next to these triangles, follow the instructions on the side setting triangles page to determine the size to cut the squares for all of these triangles.

Sew all the rows together, add the corners, carefully trim the block, leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance on all sides, and you are done.  This is another great block to use up your scraps.  All flying geese blocks look great in Autumn colors, but don't be afraid to try other color schemes.



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