For this post, I am going to show two methods for making the flying geese. You can decide which you like best, or you may find it good to use either one, depending on the project.
Cutting (choose one method, don’t cut for both)
from the light blue print, cut 8 squares 2 1/2″, then cut in half diagonally to yield 16 half-square triangles (HST)
from the color prints, cut two squares 4 1/4″, then cut in half diagonally twice to yield 8 quarter-square triangles (QST)
from the light blue: cut (16) 2″ squares
from the color prints: cut (8) 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles
1. See photo above. Triangle method: each flying geese unit will require two light blue HST and one 4 1/4″ QST (left); square method: each flying geese unit requires two light blue squares (2″) and one 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangle.
2. Turn one light blue piece right sides facing the “goose” fabric as shown below. Triangle method, sew 1/4″ seam (left, below).
Square method, mark the diagonal of the blue square and sew as shown, then trim excess corner fabric (right, below).
3. Open and press.
4. Repeat step 2 to add a second light blue to the other side of the goose fabric. The photo below shows how the units look after sewing (top) and then after pressing and trimming (bottom). Both units should measure 3 1/2″ x 2″.
5. Make a total of 8 flying geese using the methods described above. Press and trim all to 3 1/2″ x 2″.
6. Arrange the geese as shown below. Sew them together in two columns of four geese.
7. Press the left column seams down, press the right column seams up.
8. Sew the two halves of the block together.
I most often use the square method, primarily because I like scrappy quilts and the square way allows me to cut more variety. If you are making lots of geese that are identical, the triangle method is good because you cut four at a time and don’t have to mark the squares, just sew a 1/4″ seam. I previously posted a way to chain piece lots of geese without marking the fabric for the square method. Check that out Here.