Flying Geese Block Instructions

General Info

The Flying Geese Block is number 2 of 3 in this quilt. Some of the cutting for this block was done in the previous month. This month you will complete all the cutting for the blocks. Next month will contain cutting for the borders.

Supplies:

  • Gallon Ziplock Bags with cut pieces
  • Sandwich size bags
  • Your Fabric
  • Basic Cutting Supplies
  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • Rotating cutting mat highly recommended but not required.

Cutting Instructions:

A quick note before you start cutting. Some of the cutting measurements I would consider 'tricky' so take your time and measure twice, cut once. A rotating cutting mat is highly recommended when you are cutting across the diagonals. The less you handle and move your fabrics, the less they will stretch and shift.

Fabric 1 (Dark Green):

* Cut 1 - 5 1/4" strip

  • From the strip cut 1 - 5 1/4" square, then cut it across both diagonals to yield 4 total triangles. Label them "B" and place them in the Center Block Bag.
  • From the remainder of the strip cut 5 - 3 3/8" squares. Label 1 square "C" and place it in the Center Block Bag.
  • Label the remaining 4 squares "A" and place them in the Flying Geese Block Bag.

Fabric 2 (Red):

* Cut 1 - 5 1/4" strip

  • Cut 2 - 5 1/4" squares. Label them "C" and place them in the Flying Geese Block Bag.
  • From the remainder of the strip cut 2 - 4 7/8" squares and then cut across 1 diagonal to yield 4 total triangles. Label them "D" and place them in the Center Block Bag.

Fabric 4 (Background):

* Cut 1 - 12 1/2" strip

  • From the strip cut 8 - 4 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles. Label them "F" and place in the Flying Geese Block Bag.

* Cut 2 - 2 7/8" strips

  • From the strips cut a total of 26 - 2 7/8" squares. On the wrong side of the fabric on 16 of the squares, draw a line across 1 diagonal. Label these "D" and place them in the Flying Geese Block Bag.
  • Take the remaining 10 squares and cut them across 1 diagonal to yield 20 total triangles. Label 16 of the triangles "E" and place them in the Flying Geese Block Bag.
  • Label the remaining 4 triangles "H" and place them in the Center Block Bag.

Sewing Instructions - No Waste Geese:

For the flying geese in this block we will be using the no waste geese method outlined in the below steps. You will be using the "B", "C", and "D" pieces for the following steps.

  • Take 2 of the "D" squares and place them across the diagonal of a "B" or "C" square.
  • Repeat this for all of your "B" and "C" squares.
  • After Completing this step you will still have 8, "D" squares remaining.

  • Sew 1/4" from the line on both sides. See picture as an example.
  • Perform this step for all the units you put together.
  • Press toward "D".

  • Cut your block apart on the drawn line to yield 2 of the pictured units. 
  • Repeat this step for all of your sewn units.

Important - Be careful not to accidentally trim your triangles while performing this step.


  • Using the remaining 8, "D" blocks, place them as pictured for all units constructed in previous steps.

  • Sew 1/4" from the line on both sides.
  • Do this step for all your units.
  • Press toward "D".
  • Cut your block apart on the drawn line to yield 2 flying geese units. 
  • Repeat this step for all of your sewn units.

Important - Be careful not to accidentally trim your triangles while performing this step.


  • Trim the "Dog Ears" on  your Flying Geese Unit.
  • You will end up with a total of 16 Flying Geese Units. 8 with Fabric 2 (Light Green) and 8 with Fabric 3 (Red).
  • The finished Geese Units should end up approximately 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".

Sewing Instructions - Block Assembly:

  • Sew 2 of the "E" triangles to opposite sides of the "A" square. Make sure to line up the center of the triangle side with the center of the square.
  • Press toward the triangles.

  • Sew 2 more "E" triangles on the 2 remaining sides of the square.  The finished unit should measure approximately 4 1/2" square. If you are only a few threads off I would not recommend trimming it down.
  • Press toward the triangles.
  • You will end up making a total of 4 of these units.

  • Sew together 1 of the square units you just sewed, 2 of the Fabric 2 (Light Green) Geese, and 2 of the Fabric 3 (Red) Geese as pictured.
  • Press toward the center.

  • Sew an "F" rectangle to each side of the unit you just made.
  • Press toward "F".

Tip -  Because you are sewing a pieced strip, with many biased pieces, to a solid piece of fabric, you may find that your pieced strip is slightly larger or smaller than your cut piece. Don't worry. Make sure to pin well. Start with the outside edges, and then the center. Lastly fill in the gaps. If your fabric doesn't lie flat press your pinned unit, with steam, before sewing. 


  • Make 4 of these blocks.