Flying Geese Fast

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The thought of sewing the bias edges and three different triangles to make Flying Geese units is enough for even experienced quilters think twice about making very many of them. Would you believe there are easier ways to construct the unit and never cut a triangle?


Method 1 - For a Single Unit

 

  • Cut a square the finished size of the width (widest measurement) your Flying Geese unit plus 1 1/4" for the goose.
  • Cut four squares the finished size of the height of your Flying Geese unit plus 7/8" for the background.
  • Example - for a 2" x 4" finished Flying Geese unit you would cut the geese square 5 1/4" and the four background squares 2 7/8".

You'll need one rectangle and two squares (these photos are from the Just Takes 2 quilt which used two different color squares in the Flying Geese. They are usually the same color - ie. both white)
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the squares from corner to corner.

With right sides together, match a square to one end of the rectangle.

Sew on the drawn diagonal line.

Press the square over to make a triangle.

Trim the bottom two pieces under the triangle leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Match a square to the opposite end of the rectangle and sew on the drawn line. Press and trim like you did on the first square.

A perfect Flying Geese unit!


Method 2 - Makes Four Units

  • Cut a rectangle the finished size of your Flying Geese unit plus the 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Cut two squares that measure half of your Flying Geese unit plus the 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Example - for a 2" x 4" finished Flying Geese unit you would cut your rectangle 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" and the squares 2 1/2".

These are the pieces you'll need.

With right sides together, match two of the smaller squares up with opposite corners of the large square. They will overlap a little in the center.

Draw a line diagonally across the back of the smaller squares.

Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the marked diagonal line.

Cut apart on the marked diagonal line.

Press the triangles up on the two units you just made.

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the remaining two small squares.

With right sides together, line up a small square against each larger triangle.

Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the marked diagonal line.

Cut apart on the marked diagonal line.

Press the triangles up on the units and you'll have four Flying Geese!

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