How to Sew a Basic Flying Geese Block
Posted by Elaine Huff on
The Flying Geese patch is another basic building block of so many blocks and can be used in a variety of ways.
The finished foundation rectangle is always twice as long as it is wide – 2″ x 4″, 3″ x 6, 1.5″ x 3″, etc. and the squares that are used to make the corner triangles are always the same as the width of the rectangle. Of course you need to add 1/2″ to your finished size to figure out the size of the rectangle and squares. So if you want a finished patch that measures 2″ x 4″, you need a rectangle that is 2.5″ x 4.5″ and two 2.5″ squares.
For this example I've used:
- Light/Yellow: 2 - 2.5" squares
- Dark/Black: 1 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle
First you will need to mark a diagonal line on the back of the two Light/Yellow 2.5" squares.
Place one square on one end of rectangle, right sides together. Sew close to the marked line in what will be the seam allowance. By sewing what will be a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, you are allowing for the space that the thickness of the fabric and thread take up when turned and pressed. It is easier to start sewing at the corner of the square that is in the middle of the rectangle.
Match the corners of the square and press. When you match the corners, there is no need to square up your patch.
Open up the square and trim the seam allowance.
Turn the corner back and you have half of the Flying Geese block done.
Place the other square on the opposite end of the rectangle and repeat the process. You’re done!
I hope you've enjoyed my method for making a Flying Geese quilt block.
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