Flying geese quilt blocks look stunning in a quilt, but they also look as though they will take a lot of time. In fact, it is possible to speed piece flying geese blocks and that speeds it up enormously.
Making the flying geese quilt blocks
The technique involves making four flying geese at a time and sewing the seams before cutting them. If you want to make a different size, cut the small squares to half the size of the large square plus 1/4″. For example if you wanted to use an 8.1/2″ square, the small squares would need to be 4.1/4″ plus 1/4″, making the small squares 4.1/2″.
Place the small squares with right side down and mark a line along the diagonal on the wrong side of the fabric. Place two of the small squares in line with two opposite corners of the large square, with right sides together. Trim the corners of the small squares where they overlap so that the edges of the two squares have a tiny gap between them.
Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line across the full length of the diagonal. Fold the edges of the two squares in and pin them so that they don’t get in the way when you sew the next two squares.
Place the next two small squares on the remaining two corners of the big square with right sides together and trim the overlapping corners in the centre as before. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line across the whole diagonal.
Take out all the pins and cut along the marked line on the diagonal. Then cut the marked line on the two triangles that you have just made and you will end up with four flying geese units.
Cut the pieces apart to make flying geese
Do be careful when cutting along the diagonals. As you can see from this photo, it is possible to cut a nick in the grey triangle if it’s not folded well out of the way. I did this on three flying geese units, but I felt that was a small price to pay given the speed with which I had made all the flying geese patchwork needed for the quilt.
The quilt that I made with a flying geese quilt border: nine patch quilt pattern.
Here’s the video: