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# Flying Geese formula

06-26-2013, 07:16 AM
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Flying Geese formula

Is there a formula for making flying geese, I can make flying geese using both methods but prefer the method of placing two squares on top of a larger square to make four flying geese. I am looking for a method of making them without the use of a pattern. Does this make sense? If I am making a eight pointed star and I want the block to be 8.5 finished, what is the formula. Or if I am making a 11.5 inch finished block what size of squares do I need to make it. I hope this makes sense.

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06-26-2013, 07:38 AM
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​I just use some scrap fabric and try out different sized rectangles until I get the size I want. I avoid math whenever possible.
06-26-2013, 08:09 AM
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Here are some common sizes for Flying Geese.
http://piecefulkwilter.blogspot.ca/2...-tutorial.html

Draw your star on graph paper to figure out what size flying geese you need.
A 12 inch finished block would be a lot easier to figure out than 11.5" finished
but if that's what you need...
06-26-2013, 08:26 AM
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Thank you for all the info - especially the no waste flying geese math.
06-26-2013, 10:33 AM
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Geese are usually twice the width such as finished 2"x4", 3"x6". I use the Eleanor Burns method. REALLY SIMPLE and they come out perfect every time. And what even makes it better, when you start with the two squares, you end up with a set of 4 flying geese......
06-26-2013, 10:33 AM
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Thanks for the link Easy, the "math" is what I was looking for.
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06-26-2013, 12:04 PM
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​Great site EasyPeezy!
06-26-2013, 12:16 PM
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But don't you end up with bias edges around each one? EasyPeezy's method also makes 4 at a time with no bias edges.

Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2
Geese are usually twice the width such as finished 2"x4", 3"x6". I use the Eleanor Burns method. REALLY SIMPLE and they come out perfect every time. And what even makes it better, when you start with the two squares, you end up with a set of 4 flying geese......
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