During April 2018 I will be blogging about my memories as MOM OF 6 from A to Z . These challenge posts will also be found at Random Thoughts and Tender Mercies http://marcysrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Flying Geese and Flying Dutchman: Blogging from A to Z

Flying Geese is a popular quilt block that can be used in a variety of ways.  It is made from three triangles and can be a bit tricky to put together correctly.  There are several methods for making flying geese, some of which require special plastic templates and rulers. I learned to make flying geese in the quilting class that I took several years ago, but remembered it as being a bit   difficult and leaving leftover scraps that were not very usable.  One of my dear friends from work is a prolific quilter, and recently told me about the No Waste Method for Making Flying Geese, so I decided to try it out.  To  make four flying geese units, I used one large square and four smaller squares of a contrasting color.  I  made a total of eight flying geese units:  four with a red print, and four with a dark blue. My large squares measured 7 and 7/8 inches.  I also needed eight 4 inch squares of my white on white fabric.  Though the method is really quite simple, the instructions are a bit lengthy, so I will not include them in this post, but refer you to this link.

Here I sewed two white squares to each larger colored square 1/4 inch to each side of the diagonal,

then cut them on the diagonal and pressed the seams.   I then sewed another white square
onto each unit, and cut them on the diagonal again.

This gave me eight flying geese units.

Flying Geese are often used to make a nice border for a quilt.

They can also be pieced together in different arrangements as part of a quilt block.  This pinwheel type arrangement is called the Flying Dutchman.

Once again I'll refer you to the Benni Harper Mystery Series by Earlene Fowler.  There isn't a book called Flying Geese, but book number 4 in the series is called Goose In The Pond, and  features another interesting quilt block pattern using Flying Geese.

  Happy  Quilting and Happy Reading!

PS  Today and tomorrow I will be watching  LDS General Conference.  Every spring and every fall living prophets share divine counsel pertinent to the challenges we face in today's world.  I encourage you to check it out here, or to check your local TV listings for times when it may be broadcast in your area.  On Monday I will be posting my thoughts on what I hear.


  1. I surely do admire you for being a quilter! I love quilts and have two that my grandmother made many years ago. Loved reading this post, Marcy! Thanks for dropping in to Forever Young!

  2. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions. I might actually try this!

  3. Cute name for an attractive pattern..