Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Tutorials
Fast, easy, and accurate Flying Geese from squares >

Fast, easy, and accurate Flying Geese from squares

Fast, easy, and accurate Flying Geese from squares

Old 02-23-2012, 05:40 PM
Super Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Windham, Maine
Posts: 1,251
Default Fast, easy, and accurate Flying Geese from squares

Crazy person that I am, I took the day on Tuesday to make 336 Flying Geese rectangles. This is how....

So many of you have asked for this. I will share the method I use again. I have copied and edited my very first post on this board - so I didn't have to write it all out again. This time I will include some pictures as most of us are visual people. It can't just be me who knows how to make these simple and accurate flying geese. I read instructions for cutting off corners, or working with triangles, or expensive rulers and I just don't get it. Instead....
Add 7/8" to the finished height of the small triangle. Cut 4 squares this size.
Add 1 1/4" to the finished base of the large triangle. Cut 1 square this size.
On wrong side of small squares: Draw diagonal, then draw sewing line 1/4" from both sides. There are awesome 1/2" rulers that make this a snap.
Place 2 small squares on top of one large square across one diagonal- right sides together. Sew on marked sewing lines (both sides), chain piecing all the way. Cut on diagonal, press. (I usually press to the darker fabric.) Place the remaining squares in the blank spot of the resulting pieces. Sew on the sewing lines. Cut again on the diagonal. Press over that last triangle and - voila! - Flying Geese!
You now have 4 completed geese, no waste, and accuracy beyond belief.
A few examples:
For a 2" x 4" goose - cut 4 @2 7/8, cut 1@ 5 1/4. Makes 4.
For a 2 1/2 x 5 goose - cut 4 squares @ 3 3/8" and cut 1 square @ 6 1/4". Makes 4
This is really simple math. Anyone can do it. No waste is a fabulous thing.
Try it. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Attached Thumbnails 1.jpg   thats-lot-geese-012-2.jpg   thats-lot-geese-014-3.jpg   thats-lot-geese-013-chain-piecing.jpg   thats-lot-geese-016-4.jpg  


Last edited by patricej; 02-27-2012 at 12:28 AM. Reason: member requested correction.
cwessel47 is offline  
Old 02-23-2012, 07:39 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 4,061

thank you, thank you! makes flying geese so easy, except for the quantity needed. really like the idea of "no waste" too.
MaryMo is offline  
Old 02-23-2012, 09:02 PM
Super Member
luvTooQuilt's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: A Hop from Heaven, a Skip from Sanity and a Jump from the Good Life....
Posts: 6,665

Wow.. I learned something new..

thanks for taking time away from quilting to show us.!!!! I sure appreciate it..
luvTooQuilt is offline  
Old 02-23-2012, 09:09 PM
Super Member
BluegrassGurl's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 1,522

well...well...well..... that is just ingenius. Gonna have to give it a whirl.

Thank you for sharing!!
BluegrassGurl is offline  
Old 02-24-2012, 01:03 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Somewhere in SANTA Land.
Posts: 9,696

Now this idea is definately a winner!! Your tutorial is perfect & I am sure that everyone else likes just as much.
SulaBug is offline  
Old 02-24-2012, 01:10 AM
Super Member
Izy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Halifax, W. Yorks, U.K.
Posts: 5,996

OH OH OH...HOW marvellous is that! You are so clever! I will bookmark this for future reference as I can see a scrappy Flying Geese quilt coming soon! Thank you for all the pictures as it really helps to see the process too!
Izy is offline  
Old 02-24-2012, 02:41 AM
Super Member
BMP's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 2,499

Thanks some day I hope to make a scrappy flying geese quilt !
BMP is offline  
Old 02-24-2012, 03:12 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 13,257

SueDor is offline  
Old 02-24-2012, 06:29 AM
Super Member
ArizonaKAT's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 1,371

Thank you! I copied it to a word file so I don't loose it.
ArizonaKAT is offline  
Old 02-24-2012, 06:38 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Horse Country, FL
Posts: 7,341

Ha! How smart is this idea? Thank you...and especially thanks for the pictures to help those of us who have to read things 3 times to "get it."
coopah is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
07-24-2013 08:50 AM
09-11-2012 09:56 PM
Links and Resources
11-22-2008 05:06 PM
Links and Resources
03-06-2008 11:45 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter