Blog 10 :: Bloggers’ Block-a-palooza!

It’s my turn to share a block!  If you haven’t been following along yet, you can get all the details and blocks here on John’s blog!  If you are new here – welcome!  I hope you like the block and take time to poke around a bit.

Block 10 :: Turned Geese

I think I hear some of you grumbling, “so many geese!”  “so many pieces!”  Don’t worry, I’m going to break it down to very manageable steps.

Up first cutting your fabrics:

My block uses

Orangesicle Discs Print 5445-13 – referenced as white

Limeade Floral 5444-11 – referenced as green

Orangesicle Solid 5448-13 – referenced as orange

From the white fabric cut:

1 – 5 1/4″ square

8 – 2 7/8″ squares

1 – 4 1/2″ squares

From the green fabric cut:

2 – 5 1/4″ squares

8 – 2 7/8″ squares

From the orange fabric cut:

1 – 5 1/4″ square

Piecing Instructions:  on the wrong side of the 2 7/8″ squares mark a diagonal.  Then check the accuracy of your 1/4″ seam as that will be important as we sew.

I know that there are a few different ways to make flying geese, this option appealed to me as the bias is not exposed as much, and there is less waste than some versions.  I hope you will try it!  The pictures make more sense if you are working through the steps with your fabric too.

Now to assemble the flying geese!

Match the 5 1/4″ squares to the 2 7/8″ squares, the large white and orange squares are matched with small green squares.

And the large green squares are matched with small white squares.  Match the corners, with the diagonal lines as shown, I like to add a couple pins to ensure they don’t move as I move to the machine and sew.   Sew on both sides, 1/4″ away from the marked diagonal.

Now cut, on the same diagonal, and press your seams.  I like to press open, to reduce bulk with these.

Cute little hearts.

Add one more 2 7/8″ square to each of your “hearts”, it needs to match the previous squares for the pattern to be worked out.  Sew on both sides of the diagonal line again with a 1/4″ seam.

Cut on the diagonal.  And press your seams open.

Once pressed you will have 16 flying geese units.  Not too painful either!  Next we make 8 units to complete the block.

You need 4 of each unit.  Sew together with 1/4″ seam and carefully press your seams.

With your 4 1/2″ white square cut earlier, layout your block as shown, pin and sew the rows together.

Then admire your finished block!

I hope you enjoy making this block – please let me know if you have any questions.  After making this block I’ve found a new appreciation for flying geese, and like to incorporate them into other projects.  As you can see, there are plenty of ways to take a traditional method and make it modern.

Up next — Fat Quarterly will be posting another fantastic block!

Thanks for quilting with me!


PDF of instructions here.

By |2017-02-06T09:18:41-06:00February 24th, 2011|Inspiration, pattern, quilt-along|33 Comments


  1. Suzanne February 24, 2011 at 6:42 am - Reply

    I really like the construction of the geese this way. I’m willing to give it a try. Thanks for the instructions.

  2. Muriël February 24, 2011 at 7:02 am - Reply

    That is a really cute block! Thank you!!

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  4. Susanne February 24, 2011 at 7:16 am - Reply

    So cute! I’ll get right on it this weekend!

  5. Cassey February 24, 2011 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Lots of geese but I love this layout! I wish I could be at home sewing instead of being stuck at work! Thanks for the great block!

  6. Mary February 24, 2011 at 7:26 am - Reply

    This looks like good fun! Thanks so much, Amy!

  7. Terriaw February 24, 2011 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Looks like this block comes together pretty easily. And it’s so pretty too! Great method for doing flying geese!

  8. Amy, a redeemed sheep February 24, 2011 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Can you share what size the geese are before sewing them together?

  9. Lee Ann L. February 24, 2011 at 8:44 am - Reply

    This is gorgeous! I’ve saved off the PDF file. In fact, I’ve saved off all the PDF files so far. (I am still waiting on Blue Nickel Studio PDF file).

    I originally ordered the fat eighth bundle but am wishing I had gotten the Fat quarter bundle because the requirements changed. However, I found another fat eighth bundle and ordered it. I also ordered all the other extra yardage requirements except the backing.

    I was very disappointed to find that one of them was out of stock AFTER I ordered and paid for it. She did say that they’re expected to be restocked. But still, it was a tad disappointing because I have to wait for it! (It won’t be in stock until March 4th). I don’t understand why was it would be listed as available and then not?

    I’m not sure if I’ll order from this store again (And no, it wasn’t Fat Quarter Shop which is currently my FAVORITE shop.)

    Well, I’ve gone and rambled. Sorry! I’m just really excited and can hardly wait for all the fabric to come in. :-)

  10. VickiT February 24, 2011 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Great tutorial and I love the look of this block. Very cool. Thank you.

  11. Shannon February 24, 2011 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I love making geese this way. I love your block. I need to get caught up on the blocks.

  12. Syd February 24, 2011 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I’ve enjoyed all of the blocks. It’s been really fun following and seeing each designers creativity. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Venus de Hilo February 24, 2011 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Lovely block! This will be fun to make. Good, easy method for making geese, but I’ve been saving up all the little extra-corner HSTs from making “the other way” and hate to miss a chance to add to the pile.

  14. Jan K February 24, 2011 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Love it – one of my favorites so far!

  15. Sarah February 24, 2011 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Great block. Its funny that I mentioned this method of making geese in the comments on Blue Nickles blog and now you’re using it this week. This is by far my fav method.
    Thanks for the block!

  16. Mary Smith February 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the flying geese instructions! I always dread having to make those. Maybe they’ll be a bit easier from now on. :)

  17. De February 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks Amy! LOVE this block! My geese come out SO much better like this ~ my block from Monday has geese heads and wings cut off :(
    I had a lot of fun putting this together! I’ve added you to my blog roll!

  18. Teje February 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Hello Amy and thank you for interesting post! I love those blocks and your tutoral helps a lot! Good luck for your book’s tour! It looks so wonderful and I’m sure you have there so many patterns I would love to make – simple but unique!
    xxx Teje

  19. Allie February 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Lovely block Amy – and I love your new book, it’s on my list!

  20. Vicki February 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Cute block Amy! This is my favorite method for assembling geese.


  21. Jan February 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    What a pretty block—-thanks for sharing it!

  22. Sandra Starley February 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial. Love the fabrics, especially the cheddar orange.
    Thanks for sharing.

  23. Leslie Schmidt February 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    This had me fooled! The seams were so well hidden, I thought it was a much more difficult block than it is. Very cute and clever.

  24. Deborah February 25, 2011 at 6:27 am - Reply

    I’d love to re-use your flying geese pattern, but don’t know the size. Do you have the conversion chart I could use to make them specific sizes? Love it! Can’t wait to try it! dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. Melody February 25, 2011 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Love it! Very colorful and you make it look very easy. I love making geese this way

  26. Brita February 25, 2011 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I love this method of making geese, and your PDF instructions are really great. What an interesting, block, too. I’m two blocks behind, but this weekend, I hope to catch up. Thanks for doing this!

  27. Connie February 26, 2011 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Beautiful block and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Judy February 26, 2011 at 9:19 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous design! I’m working on two pillow tops and this would a great design for one of them.

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  32. Dorothy Carver December 14, 2011 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Its funny that I mentioned this method of making geese in the comments on Blue Nickles blog and now you’re using it this week. Thanks for the block! Maybe they’ll be a bit easier from now on. Cute block Amy!

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