There are many methods for making flying geese, but the most common mistake is in the working out the sizes of the blocks to use. At first glance you would use corner blocks half the size of the main block, but as you can see this ends up with the point at the top, and it is cut off when joined to the next block. This is the ‘stitch and flip’ or ‘covered corners’ method.
One of the easy ways to avoid doing the math, is to use a specialised ruler.
This ruler made by Sew Easy helps cut accurate pieces for geese from 1 1/2″x3″ up to 6″x12″ finished. That’s a big flying geese (goose??) You could make something like these examples.
The ruler is double sided; A, in red, cuts triangles for the centre of the block. B, in black, cuts the corner pieces. Both are cut from the same size strip, no matter how big the block is intended to be. The markings show finished size, you need strips of fabric 1/2″ wider than the smaller number, so for a 2″x4″ finished block, you need 2 1/2″ wide strips. Because we are using bias edges it is important to first starch and press your fabric, and be careful when handling it to avoid stretching it.
I’ll use 2 1/2″ wide strips for this demonstration to make one of the smaller sizes the ruler can do. The resulting flying geese block will be 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished, 2″x4″ finished
Using the red markings, line the ruler up on the strip of fabric and cut a triangle. By alternately turning the ruler upside down you can continue to cut triangles out from the strip.
Using the black markings, and a doubled strip of fabric, line the ruler up to fit on the strip and cut the smaller triangles. You can cut more as above.
Lay the pieces out as shown, with the ‘blunt’ edges at the top. Flip a corner down and sew with a 1/4″ seam, the flip it back up and press. Flip the other corner down and sew and press. Tadah! a perfect flying geese unit.
A flying geese block must have the point 1/4″ below the top edge.
When joined with other blocks you will get a triangle with it’s lovely top point.
This ruler helps you make large flying geese without the waste of the covered corners method, without marking the diagonal sewing line (I hate doing that bit) and with great accuracy. I might make a quilt with a variety of sizes.. hmm..
* I do apologise for my terrible photography ‘skills’ All the pieces are accurate and square, no matter what they look like, I promise!