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A super accurate way to make Flying Geese quilt blocks

 

I have been a quilt maker for many years and have been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years I have designed patterns for new fabric collections from Northcott Fabrics. A recent design required me to make several Flying Geese blocks that would finish at 3″ x 6″. I’m happy to share with you my super accurate way to make Flying Geese blocks. We’ll have fun exploring wonderful possibilities with Flying Geese and the bonus feature of what to do with the leftover half-square triangles!

When making Flying Geese blocks, I always make a slightly larger block than necessary and then trim it to the exact size. Although this takes a little longer, it results in very accurate blocks. When trimming the blocks, I discovered that I had a lot of little half-square triangles left over. The perfect chance to create another project!

Here’s how to make the Flying Geese blocks:

  1. For each Flying Geese block, cut 1 – 4″ x 7″ rectangle from your main fabric and 2 – 4″ squares from a different fabric.
  2. Using a fabric marking tool, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each square.
Flying Geese 1
Flying Geese 1

 

 

3. Stitch on the drawn line to sew a 4″ square to one end of a 4″ x 7″ rectangle, right sides together.

4. Then stitch ½” away from the pencil line.

5. Cut between the stitching lines. Press the triangle away from the rectangle.

 

Flying Geese 2
Flying Geese 2

 

 

Flying Geese 3
Flying Geese 3

 

 

Flying Geese 4
Flying Geese 4

 

 

6. Sew a 4″ square to the other end of the rectangle. Cut and press as before.

Flying Geese 5
Flying Geese 5

 

 

Flying Geese 6
Flying Geese 6

 

 

7. You now have a Flying Geese block and 2 small half-square triangles.

Flying Geese 7
Flying Geese 7

 

 

A super accurate way to make Flying Geese blocks may take a little more time, but it’s very well worth it! Tomorrow I’ll show how to use a special ruler that helps to square up the block easily, precisely and quickly!

 

 

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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