How to Make the Traditional Quilt Block called Fox and Geese

Posted by Elaine Huff on

This Fox and Geese block is a great block to practice making flying geese blocks. It is a good scrappy or planned block that looks wonderful in a quilt! Let's get started!

fox and geese quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 16" Finished Fox and Geese Quilt Block:

  • Light/Ivory: 2 - 5" squares, and 32- 2.5" squares
  • Light/Print: 1 - 8.5" square
  • Assorted Prints: 2 - 5" squares, and 16 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

fox and geese fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Corner Unit:

Step 1:

Using the Light/Ivory 5" squares and the Assorted Prints 5" squares, sew together four half square triangles (HST). Press the seam allowance toward the Light/Ivory fabric and trim the HSTs to 4.5" square as shown in the picture below. You can find a detailed tutorial for making HSTs at

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Flying Geese Units:

Step 2:

Using the 16 Assorted Prints 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the 32 Light/Ivory 2.5" squares, sew together 16 flying geese patches like the ones shown in the picture below. You will find a tutorial showing my no-trim method for making flying geese blocks at

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Step 3:

Sew four of the Step 2 units together and press the seam allowances away from the center points as shown below. Repeat for a total of four Flying Geese units.

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Putting It All Together:

Step 4:

Lay out the Corner units, Flying Geese units, and the Light/Print 8.5" square as shown in the picture. Notice that the points of the Flying Geese units chase each other around the center square.

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I have seen other layout options for this block with the Flying Geese points going in different directions. I felt this layout looked the best when placed in a quilt.

Step 5:

Sew the units into 3 rows as shown below.

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Step 6:

Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.

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Step 7:

Sew the three rows together and...

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Step 8:

Press the seam allowances toward the center of the block as shown below. All done!

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I had fun with this block! It's kind of weird that I really like making Flying Geese blocks but that's me! As a scrappy block, it's kind of busy - if the center square was the Light/Ivory fabric, it might be more restful.

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Layout Options:

Here's the first option using a scrappy block and a plain 4 x 4 layout. 

fox and geese quilt 1

Here's the same layout but with sashing and cornerstones added. I think this looks much better.

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Here's a planned example using just 3 colors plus a background. The pink fabric in the example could be the background fabric too.

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And one using 4 colors plus a light background.

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I had to an in an on point option too!

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