Flying Geese Quilt Pattern

Flying geese quilt

Flying geese quilt

For this flying geese quilt pattern I have used a different technique from my usual method.  The flying geese are quite large and so it was simplest to just sew three triangles together.  I’ve used them to encircle a central area, creating a quilt with a circular look to it.

The quilt measures 56″ square.  I have used 1 yard each of navy blue and white, 3/4 yard of dark blue and medium blue, with 1/2 yard of light blue.  Each block is 12″ square finished size and there are twelve of them with two borders.  You can buy these fabrics in this week’s special offer.  For a multitude of reasons I am holding a sale of 20% off across the whole shop as well.  Details at the bottom of the page.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the flying geese quilt

My apologies for the light and shade in the photo.

12.7/8″ squares:  two dark blue, two white

6.7/8″ squares:  eight dark blue, sixteen medium blue, eight navy blue, all cut along one diagonal

7.1/4″ squares:  twelve light blue cut along both diagonals

4.3/4″ squares:  four dark blue

3.7/8″ squares:  eight white cut along one diagonal

For the first border you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric.

For the second border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric.

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

Make the central blocks

This block is a simple square in a square in a square block.  Begin with a 4.3/4″ dark blue square in the middle.  Cut the white 3.7/8″ squares along one diagonal and place one triangle on each edge of the blue square.

Sew the triangles two at a time

Sew the triangles two at a time

Sew the side triangles to the square, press them open and then sew the remaining two triangles to the top and bottom.  Press again and trim the middle of the edges where the triangle tips stick out.  At this stage the block measures 6.1/2″ on each edge.

Add the light blue frame

Add the light blue frame

Now cut the 7.1/4″ light blue squares along both diagonals.  Place one triangle on each edge of the square.  Sew them to the square two at a time as before.

Finish with dark blue

Finish with dark blue

Finally cut the 6.7/8″ dark blue squares along one diagonal and place a triangle on each edge.  Again sew them to the square two at a time.

That completes the central block.  It measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make four of them.

Corner blocks

Corner blocks

Make the corner blocks

These are simplicity itself.  Cut the 12.7/8″ squares along one diagonal.  Sew a dark blue triangle to a white triangle.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue.

The square measures 12.1/2″ at this stage and you need to make four of them.

Lay the triangles out

Lay the triangles out

The flying geese blocks

Finally we get to the flying geese blocks.

Use the 6.7/8″ navy blue squares cut along one diagonal for the central part of the section.  Cut the 7.1/4″ light blue squares along both diagonals to make the triangles.

Sew one triangle on

Sew one triangle on

Sew one light blue triangle to the navy blue, press and then sew the other light blue triangle in place.  Trim the middle of the top and the two ends of the bottom where fabric sticks out.

Sew two units together

Sew two units together

Sew two of these units together, making sure that the triangles point in the same direction.

Add medium blue triangles

Add medium blue triangles

Finally cut the 6.7/8″ medium blue squares along one diagonal.  Place one of these triangles on each edge of the square.  As before, sew them on two at a time.

That completes the flying geese quilt block.  It measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make eight of them.

Rows one and two

Rows one and two

Assemble the flying geese quilt

Lay the blocks out in four rows of four.

In row one place a half square triangle at each end.  Make sure that the blue is one the inside and the white on the outside.  In the middle place two flying geese blocks.  I have chosen to place the flying geese so that they point from the central top towards the sides and from the central bottom towards the sides.  You may prefer a different arrangement.  In row two lay a geese block at each end with two of the square in a square blocks in the middle.

Rows three and four

Rows three and four

Rows three and four are similar.  In row three you need a flying geese quilt block at each end with two square in a square blocks in the middle.  Form the fourth row with a half square triangle at each end and two flying geese in the middle.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the borders

Add the borders

Quilt borders

I’ve used 2,1.2″ strips of white for the first border to emphasise the circular look of the quilt design.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

The navy blue of the second border provides a good frame for the quilt.  You’ll need two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 56.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the flying geese quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Last week my second grand daugher, Alice, was born.  Great excitement in all the family!  In addition it was my daughter’s birthday yesterday and today is officially the first day of spring – as well as being St David’s Day.

Tapestry fabric

Tapestry fabric

I thought that such a momentous week needed to be celebrated so I am offering 20% off across the whole shop on all orders over £6.  To visit the shop click here or click on the photo.  I’ve also bought some rather gorgeous cotton tapestry and cotton canvas fabrics which are perfect for making cushion/pillow covers. They are included in the sale.   I’ve been busy making cushions all week for a craft stall at the MAC on Sunday.

For my travels, I went to a trade show at the National Exhibition Centre here in Birmingham.  That was where I saw and bought most of these lovely new fabrics.  To see my photos and what was happening at the show click here.

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  1. San-Dee Ostrach says:

    hi, Rose, congratulations on welcoming little Alice! I really like this flying geese adaptation, and I think I’ll try it and add another row in to make it rectangular, maybe with the geese pointing in. I’ve got two crochet projects to finish ahead of this, but eventually I’ll get it done and send you a picture. Please, just don’t hold your breath!

  2. maria rakaska says:

    Congrats to you grandma Rose. Just love your innovative design of flying geese. Most appropriate from the original pattern we have here in USA.

    • Thanks, Maria. There are many different ways of making flying geese, but I felt that this method suited the larger block.

  3. I totally agree with Mary regarding making different patterns. This is lovely and you keep dreaming up more and more. How do you do it?
    Congratulations to you and to the happy couple on the birth of baby Alice. Your family keeps growing.
    I’m still having problems with my hands and I’m sure I’m going to have carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. Not much pain when I type but lots when I sew. I have another doctors appointment on the 11th and will let you know how things turn out. Incidentally, spring begins here on March 20th.

    • Hi Claire. Glad you like the quilt pattern. Sorry to hear that your hands are still troubling you. Let’s hope the doctors sort it out more quickly this time. Good luck on the 11th. Our proper spring also begins on March 20th, but the meteorologists refer to March 1st as the first day of spring – makes us all feel a little more hopeful that summer is on the way.

  4. Congratulations Rose! I find that Grandchildren are the best thing on earth! Love your patterns!!
    Jeri in South Texas

  5. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Congrats on your second granddaughter That is wonderful. Seems like girls are being born more than boys. You have 2 granddaughters and I have 3.
    Love the pattern seems very easy. Getting a little more into my quilting again. At least I am picking out fabric to go with certain patterns. Its a start.
    We won’t celebrate Spring until the 21st of March. Our winter does not want to let go. Suppose to get more snow tomorrow.
    Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. You’re ahead of me on the grandchildren stakes. Glad you’re feeling a bit more like quilting. Our proper spring starts on March 21st as well. For some reason the meterologists define spring as beginning on 1st March. Our daffodils are all out already. Hope you don’t get too much snow.

  6. Firstly, congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter, and secondly thank you for such a stunning pattern.

  7. Olive Procyshyn says:

    Congratulations Rose on the birth of your second Grandaughter Alice.
    My Grandmother was Alice Mary.
    Hope the new Mum and the baby are both fine.
    Best Wishes

    • Thanks, Olive. It’s a very pretty name, isn’t it. Both mother and daughter are doing well – and my first granddaughter has a new Peter Rabbit outfit so she’s happy as well!

  8. Congratulations Grandma Rose on your newest addition to the family. How exciting I know we have a new grandson arriving late May . Here in Canada spring doesn’t come till March 20. Can,t wait all across this great nation has been a harsh winter. I’m sure it has taken a toll on the garden in a big way. Thank you for your free quilt patterns, love everyone of them. My bucket list just keeps growing. Finally started your stained glass pattern love it thank you . Lou

    • Thanks, Lou. Best wishes for your new grandson – my birthday’s in May so I know it’s a great time to be born. Glad you’re finding the patterns helpful.

  9. REBERTA says:

    Congratulations on the birth of your new granddaughter and best wishes to all of you.

    • Thanks, Reberta.

    • Cogratulations on the birth of your granddaughter. Best wishes to you all. Lovely quilt as per usual Rose. Busy start to your spring. It’s Autumn. Here. Slight temperature drop from the high 37 Celsius of the past weeks to. Just. Under 30. The past week. Here in Brisbane.

      • Thanks, Irena. Yes, my spring is proving to be really hectic at the moment. I don’t think that I could cope with the sort of temperatures you have been having. Even though I was born in Africa I still wilt in extreme heat.

  10. Rose I really like the illusion created by this pattern.
    I don’t know how you come with the patterns time after time.
    Thank you for the photos of the trade show.

  11. Darlene says:

    Congradulations on the birth of your 2nd Grandbaby.

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