The flying geese quilt block is used in hundreds of traditional patchwork quilt blocks and is perfect for quilt borders. You see it in both traditional and modern quilts. What makes this technique perfect is there is no waste — start with one larger square and 4 smaller squares and you get 4 flying geese quilt blocks exactly the same!
Why is this quilt block called Flying Geese?
The center of the rectangular block is a larger triangle (the goose), with two smaller triangles on each side (the sky). The flying geese block is twice as wide as it is high on the flying geese quilt block. When sewn together, they look like the formation of geese in flight.
This technique is super simple and easy — and you can make the flying geese any size you’d like (or need) – 4 at a time. Take the finished size of the block that you’d like to have for your project. Each set of squares (one large and four small) makes four finished flying geese. Cut the larger square 1-1/4″ larger than the finished width of the block. Cut the 4 smaller squares 7/8″ larger than the finished height. With the examples below, you can see how to calculate just what you need to cut to make flying geese blocks in any size.
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The formula is: for the larger, middle triangle, cut one square the finished block width PLUS 1-1/4″. For the smaller edge triangles, cut four squares the finished block height PLUS 7/8″ .
Here are some standard sizes of flying geese blocks:
- 1″ x 2″ finished block, cut four (4) 1-7/8″ squares and one (1) 3-1/4″ square
- 2″ x 4″ finished block, cut four (4) 2-7/8″ squares and one (1) 5-1/4″ square
- 3″ x 6″ finished block, cut four (4) 3-7/8″ squares and one (1) 7-1/4″ square
- 4″ x 8″ finished block, cut four (4) 4-7/8″ squares one (1) 9-1/4″ square
- 6″ x 12 finished block, cut four (4) 6-7/8″ squares and one (1) 13-1/4″ square
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