Flying Geese

The Flying Geese block is a staple for quilters.  This method makes it easier to corral the bias and to find and correct any issue while it’s still easy to fix.  In these pictures, the “goose” is red and the “sky” is polka dot.  Here, each goose finishes to 3 ½ X 1 ¾  inches.


The squares started out at 2 1/4 inches and the rectangle at 4 X 2 ¼  inches.


On the wrong side of the squares, draw a fine, light line from corner to corner diagonally.  I use a mechanical pencil because the line is thin and the lead is hard, drawing a light line that won’t show through.


Sew a seam just barely outside of the pencil line.  In the picture above, the sewing line is just a thread to the right of the drawn line.


Press the seam toward the polka dot fabric.  You will know if it’s sewn correctly if the edges of the red goose and the polka dot sky match up.  If they don’t, now is the time to take it out and do it again.  It’s easier to get it right now than struggle to make it fit later.


Trim the back two layers to ¼ inch.


Place the other square over the rectangle as shown.  Sew just outside drawn line as shown above.

Press and trim seam the same way as the other side.


Measure and trim if necessary.

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