Easiest Ever Method for Making Flying Geese

blue and white flying geese unit with title.

Flying geese are used in many quilt patterns. This method is the easiest way to make these. The math is simple and they don’t need squaring up.

Cut pieces of fabric

Cut one rectangle of background fabric and two squares of the “wing” fabric.

It is easy to calculate the size for the pieces of fabric when you know the finished size you want.

Cut the background rectangle of fabric the size of the piece you want. Don’t forget it will have a 1/2″ seam allowance. If the piece will finish 3″ x 6″, then cut the rectangle 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

To calculate the size of the squares, divide the length of the finished piece in half, then add 1/2″ for seam allowance. For the 3″ x 6″ finished piece, the squares will be 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

fabric cut for flying geese.

Mark the pieces

Mark the wrong side of the squares from corner to corner.

marking diagonal line for flying geese.


Place one square on one side of the rectangle.

stitching for flying geese.

Stitch the two together, stitching directly on the marked line.

making easy flying geese.

Trim and press

Trim off the corner of the piece. Press the triangle piece back.

trimming flying geese.

Add the second side in the same way.

making blue and white flying geese.

Remember to stitch directly on the marked line.

stitching easy flying geese.

Trim the second corner, then press back.

patchwork flying geese unit.

The finished piece should be the same size as the base rectangle that was cut.

blue and white flying geese unit.

You’re done!

The cut-off triangles are excess. You can join them to make half-square triangles or discard them.

What is good about this method

  • the math is simple – just add the seam allowance to the finished size desired
  • no dog ears
  • no trimming to size

What isn’t good about this method

  • there is a lot of fabric waste

Rating: 3 out of 5

This method is ideal for small sizes , but with larger sizes there is a lot of fabric waste. It is also great for people who struggle with arithmetic.


assorted pieced triangles with title.

fabric pieces, scissors, pencil and ruler with title "Half Square Triangles".

Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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