Today let's look at this scrappy quilt block called Old Grey Goose. It is pretty easy to put together and is a great way to use up those scraps you've been saving! Additionally, I have an alternate method for completing this block that I'll show you at the end. Let's get sewing!
Fabric Requirements for an 8" Finished Old Grey Goose Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 2 - 3" squares
- Assorted Medium/Dark: 6 - 3" squares, and 8 - 2.5" squares
Half Square Triangle Units:
Using four of the Assorted Medium/Dark 3" squares, sew together four Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. Press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric. Trim/square up the units to 2.5" square. You will find my tutorial for sewing a basic Half Square Triangle (HST) at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block
Using the two Light/White 3" squares and the two remaining Medium/Dark 3" squares, sew together four Half Square Triangle units like the ones shown below. Press the seam allowances toward the Light/White fabric. Trim/square up the units to 2.5" square.
Lay out the Step 1 Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. Note that the identical units are across from each other.
Now you can sew the HSTs together like a typical Four Patch block. Sew the HST units into two rows as shown in the picture below.
And press the seam allowances toward the lighter fabrics as shown in the picture below.
Now you can sew the two rows together as shown below.
And press the seam allowance. As you can see in the picture below, I've used the tweak/twirl/furl method for pressing.
Flying Geese Units:
Using the four Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the eight Assorted Medium/Dark 2.5" squares, sew together four scrappy Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below. You can find my method for making Flying Geese at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block
Putting It All Together:
Using the picture below as a reference, lay out the Center Unit, the Flying Geese units, and the Step 2 Half Square Triangle units.
From here the Old Grey Goose block goes together like an uneven Nine Patch block. Sew the units into three rows as shown below.
Press the seam allowances toward the Flying Geese units as shown below.
And sew the three rows together to complete the block!
Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block as shown in the picture below. You're done!
Alternate Method of Construction:
The Old Grey Goose quilt block can be constructed entirely of Half Square Triangles. Which is great if you have a bunch of leftover HSTs from some other project. However, I found I had to arrange the HSTs and then repress some of the seam allowances so that they would nest together - that was a pain! Here is a picture of the layout.
Here are the fabric requirements for this alternate method. Please note that you will get enough HSTs to make TWO blocks.
- Light/White: 12 - 3" squares
- Assorted Medium/Dark: 20 - 3" squares
I much preferred sewing the Old Grey Goose using the first method of construction - with a Center unit and Flying Geese. It went together quickly and used up a bunch of scraps!
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial for the Old Grey Goose quilt block. If you liked this post and want to see more quilting tutorials like this, simply click here to sign up for my newsletter and also receive a free PDF quilt pattern called Chained Weathervane.
P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need