Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Flying Geese Block Tutorial

 There is a simple
easy and
accurate way to make 
Flying Geese
For this 12 inch (finished) block
I used 
#1504 Sew & Fold On A Roll
which makes 
2" X 4" Flying Geese
This is a Foundation Method
*not paper piecing where you sew from the back
where you use the blue and black lines
on the front
 of the paper
as your guide.
 Our papers come on 50 foot rolls.
One roll will make many Flying Geese!
Starting at the bottom of a blue triangle
Cut (4) papers 10 1/2 inches in length
Focus Fabric (fabric A) for Geese
(1) 9 1/2" X 9 1/2"-center
(6) 4 1/4" X 4 1/4"-geese
(2) 3 1/2" X 3 1/2"-corners

Background Fabric (fabric B)
(24) 2 3/8" X 2 3/8"- geese
(2) 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" -corners
 Sub-cut each of the (6) 
4 1/4" X 4 1/4" geese
twice from corner to corner
to get 4 large triangles 
 Cut each of the (24) back ground
2 3/8" X 2 3/8"
once from corner to corner
to get 2 small triangles
 You will now have a total of
(24) large triangles for the center of the geese
(48) small triangles for the back ground on the geese
 Pin a large triangle
face up
at the bottom of the first paper
within the blue triangle guide lines
 notice the blue notch mark to the right of the tip of the triangle?
 Lay a small triangle
face down
along the right edge of the large triangle
matching within the notch.
 Lower your stitch to 1.5
and sew a scant 1/4th inch seam.
*lowering the stitch perforates the paper
and helps
when it's time to pull the paper off at the end.
Press the small triangle over and up.
 Lay the next small triangle
right side down
along the left edge of the large triangle.
 Sew and Fold
 This is a very forgiving method that corrects itself with every triangle.
Because this is a 
Foundation Method
we follow the lines of the paper
and not the fabric.
Lay the next Large Triangle
face down
and match within the notches on the left and right sides
 There is a stitch line as a prompt.
Stitch a scant 1/4th inch along the top
 Press up
 Keep adding geese until
you have completed 6 total
 Allowing 1/4th inch on the side points of each geese
trim section to
3 1/2" X 9 1/2"
 Repeat on each paper
4 times
 On 2 of the sections 
add  3 1/2" X 3 1/2" Fabric A corner to top 
3 1/2" X 3 1/2" Fabric B corner to bottom
 Sew the remaining two sections to each side.
Have the geese Flying up on the Left Side
Flying down on the Right Side
 Sew the top and bottom sections
in place 
with Fabric A in the top right and bottom left corner
Fabric B in the top left and bottom right corner
 Once the block is completed you may now tear off the paper
and press lightly.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
2" X 4" Flying Geese paper
*which can also make 6" wide Braid
may be ordered from 


Eva patch said...

So beautiful and easy.
Thanks for the tutorial.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

So lovely! :)
Greetings from Finland!
Hugs, Ulla

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

do you flip the paper over and sew on the back side of the paper? are there lines on that side too?

KaHolly said...

You make it look so easy!!

fiberchick said...

That is so cool and accurate!

em's scrapbag said...

Very sweet. Enjoy your trip. Wishing you lots of success.

Nat Palaskas said...

gorgeous piece of fabric for the pattern! hugs nat