Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial

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The “Four At A Time” Method

  • Pros: Makes 4 blocks at a time with no fabric waste
  • Cons: Can be easy to distort

Materials Needed:

1 – Large Square = finished block width + 1 ¼”

4 – Small Squares = finished block height + ⅞”

Construction:

1.  Pin two Small Squares right-sides together in opposite corners of the Large Squares, as pictured. They should be slightly overlapping in the center.

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2.  With a fabric pencil, draw a line from corner to corner of the Small Squares.

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3.   Sew a SCANT ¼” seam on both sides of the drawn line.  This means that your stitches should be just a hair under a ¼” away from the drawn line.  It’s a good idea to do a test block and to measure your seams – you’d be surprised at how much your machine might be off … even if you have a specialty ¼” quilting foot.

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4.  Cut the unit in half along the diagonal line.

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5.  With the block still closed, press along the seam to set it, then press the fabric towards the smaller squares.

NOTE: It’s really important to PRESS your block, as in lifting your iron up and then putting it down in a new spot.  Ironing your block – moving the iron around with you lifting it up – can stretch and distort your block!

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6.  Pin another Small Square right-sides-together to each of the two blocks from step #5 and draw a line corner to corner.

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7.  Sew a scant ¼” seam on both sides of the drawn line.

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8.  Cut each unit in half along the diagonal line.

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9.  Press each block closed to set the seam, and the press the fabric towards the smaller triangle.

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The Easy Corner Method

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The Three Triangles Method

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