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The Flying Geese Quilt Block

two flying geese quilt blocks

The Flying Geese Quilt Block is one of the most basic building blocks.  You will use it again and again to make stars and other blocks.

There are several ways to make them.  Eleanor Burns of "Quilt for a Day" sells a ruler that will make four sizes of geese.  Her ruler is very popular and most fabric stores sell them.

However, you can make a flying geese unit with just a rectangle and two smaller squares.

Flying geese units always finish with the rectangle exactly twice as long as it is wide.  So if you want your unit to finish at 2x4 inches, you would cut your rectangle at 4 1/2 inches and the small squares at 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

step one making a flying geese from a rectangle and small squaresIn the picture to the left, the rectangle is green. Place a small square on one of the sides of the rectangle and sew on top of the square from one outside diagonal corner to the opposite corner, as marked.  Press the seam toward the top.  Then cut off the excess fabric under the top layer.

step two making a flying geese from a rectangle and small squaresNext attach the other small rectangle.  Be sure to place it as shown so that you will have a point.  Sew the seam on the drawn line again, press and trim.

When you overlap the second small square over the first one, you get the 1/4 inch seam allowance you need to you don't cut off the points when connecting the block or another piece of fabric.

the completed flying geese quilt blockHere is the completed block. Notice the 1/4 inch seam allowance at the bottom of the block. When you sew this block to a piece of fabric, try and sew with this block on top so you can see the point and not cut it off.

Always press, when possible, so the points of the geese go up and away from the block so that the geese will lay flat.

Many quilter like me use the Eleanor Burns flying geese ruler to make the flying geese patches.  It if fast and accurate. and does speed up the process of making geese units.

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