Flying Geese – A Traditional Block Tutorial for Quilter’s Planner

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″

Flying Geese Starting Squares

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.

Flying Geese - Draw a diagonal line

Stitch a scant 1/4″ seam along each side of the diagonal line. Repeat for both background squares.

Scant Seam on both sides of diagonal line

Cut along your diagonal line and press to the background color.

Flying Geese Step 1 Done

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.

Flying Geese Step 2 Start

Cut along your diagonal line. Press to the smaller square.

Flying Geese Step 2 Done

Trim away what I like to refer to as the Quilter’s Poop

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.

Sets of 2 Flying Geese

You are now ready to layout your sets of 2 to get the completeĀ block. Stitch the sets into 2 and then stitch those for the finished piece.

Final Layout

The finished block will look like this.

Finished Flying Geese Block

To save on bulk, press your center open as shown here

Backside of Flying Geese Block

Would love to see yours! Share them in the comments or on our Facebook page. This tutorial was created for The Quilter’s Planner. If you don’t have one, get one šŸ™‚

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