Hi Fellow Sewing Fools! Want to make the traditional flying geese block with me? We are going to create a 12″ finished block that will require 8 – 3″ x 6″ flying geese. For this tutorial we are using a quick method for creating the flying geese.
To get started you will need the following:
2 squares @ 7-1/4″
8 squares @ 6-3/8″
Note: you can make any size flying geese with this method by adding 1-1/4″ to the width measurement and 3/8″ to the height measurement for your starting squares.
You will line two of the smaller squares on larger square diagonally and draw a line along the center.
Stitch a scant 1/4″ seam along each side of the diagonal line. Repeat for both background squares.
Cut along your diagonal line and press to the background color.
Take another 3-7/8″ squares and lay as shown in the image below. Add a diagonal line and stitch a scant 1/4″ seam on either side.
Cut along your diagonal line. Press to the smaller square.
Trim away what I like to refer to as the Quilter’s Poop
Now stitch together your blocks into sets of 2. All of them should be the same. I stitch mine so that the block where the point will be stitched is on top so I can watch that my seam goes just shy of that point.
You are now ready to layout your sets of 2 to get the complete block. Stitch the sets into 2 and then stitch those for the finished piece.
The finished block will look like this.
To save on bulk, press your center open as shown here