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The Crossing Geese Quilting Block

picture of the crossing geese quilting block

The Crossing Geese Quilt Block is very popular. It is often used as the only block in a quilt. Per it's name, it is made from lots of flying geese blocks, with quarter square triangles on the sides, and half square triangles in the corners.

A quarter square triangle is put in the center of the block. The colors that you use in that center block are a continuation of the colors of the geese, and determine your color scheme.

If you want to make this quilt scrappy, and use many different colors and prints, the most important thing is value. The geese must be clearly defined by either making them dark with a light background, or visa-versa.

Review the page for making flying geese. Geese always finish exactly twice as long as wide. Let's make this block with geese that finish at 2x4 inches. They will be 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches raw. (Those measurements can be confusing, because you can never just double measurements because of the seam allowance, which always remains the same).

Your center block is made up of 2 flying geese, so you will make your quarter square triangle to finish at 4 inches. Follow the directions on the quarter square triangle page, using the color value per the picture.

You will finish off the corners by adding a triangle to the last geese.  Cut two 3 3/4 -inch raw squares on the diagonal. This will give you four triangles, with the straight of grain on the outside edge. See Diagonal Set Squares to see how you calculate the math for corners and side set triangles.  You will have to trim down these pieces at the end.

The side triangles are made from squares cut diagonally in both directions.  The block size is be 6 inches finished, so the square size to cut is approximately 10 inches raw.  (9.73 inches)

Piece the diagonal rows together first. Then sew the rows together, and add the corners. To finish the block, square it up, being sure to leave the 1/4 inch seam allowance on all sides.

This block can be a little tricky, so you may want to make it up in an inexpensive muslin before you start cutting and piecing a lot of them. It makes a stunning quilt, so don't be afraid of it.

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