The Flying Geese
The Flying Geese Quilt Block is
another quick and easy frugal quilt block that is used over and over in quilts
as a building block. One of its most common uses is to
combine it with rectangles to make the points for
There are many shortcut methods to
make this block. However it is very quick to make with just one rectangle
and a couple of squares, and is a good frugal use for leftover fabric.
The trick is the sizes of the
rectangle and squares. When it comes to a finished flying geese block, the
rectangle is always exactly twice as long as it is wide.
To achieve a 2x4
inch flying geese block, cut the rectangle 4 1/2 inches wide, and the
squares 2 1/2 inches wide.
The raw small squares must be
a little larger then half the size of the rectangle so
that they will overlap after you sew them to the rectangle. They must overlap
in order to give your the
1/4 inch seam allowance
from the point of the flying geese to the edge of the fabric.
In the picture to the side you first
sew the the line on the left. Then
press the seam down
towards the bottom
Then pin on the other side, as
shown; although the left small square must be turned back when you pin on
the second small square.
When you are done sewing on
the 2nd small square and you
press it back,
the seams will overlap, giving you the 1/4 inch seam allowance, as pictured on
the block at the top of the page.
You are going to have to do some
trimming with this patch. You are going to have two extra layers to remove
from sewing on the squares. Be sure and layer them. I cut them with
my scissors. I usually do the first layer at about 1/4 inch, and the
second a little wider to reduce bulk.
Some people would have you keep all
the layers in case your sewing isn't perfect and when you turn back the squares
they don't align perfectly with the fabric underneath.
If you mark carefully, you will not have a problem.
It is very easy to use your iron to mark the sewing line. Just fold the
small squares in half diagonally, and
opinion is that leaving the extra layers causes uneven bulk which affects the
appearance of the quilt.
When sewing the flying geese block
to another piece of fabric, always sew with the geese on top so you can see the points and not cut
Here is a picture of the center of a
quilt I made with lots of flying geese and some
square triangles. As you
can see, it is very scrappy, frugal, colorful quilt.
Quilt Gallery for
pictures of quilts illustrating how these simple and frugal blocks can be turned
into sensational quilts.