Making flying geese the obvious way

green and white flying geese units with title.

There are different methods to making flying geese units. Making the units by stitching triangles together is the most obvious method of construction.

Cut the fabric

Flying geese are made with two types of triangles. The large triangle is a quarter square and the smaller triangles are half squares.

  • for the large triangle, cut a square 7-1/4″ (finish size plus 1-1/4″)
  • for the smaller triangles, cut a square 3-7/8″ (finish size plus 7/8″)
fabric squares for cutting flying geese triangles.

Cut the squares into triangles. Three of the large triangles are excess. It is nice if you are making four flying geese units.

flying geese fabric squares cut into triangles.

It is obvious how they are laid out.


Stitch the first side on, right sides together.

Take care not to stretch the side of the larger triangle as it is a bias edge and easily distorted.

joining two fabric squares to make flying geese.

Fold the small triangle back and finger press. Then press with an iron, being careful not to move the iron in a back and forth direction.

flying geese laid out.

Add the second side in the same way.

adding the second wing to the flying geese.

Measure the finished piece and trim to size if necessary. Be sure to allow 1/4″ beyond the tip of the background triangle for seam allowance.

finished flying geese unit.

You’re done!

measuring flying geese

What is good about this method

  • cutting is simple
  • construction is intuitive
  • little fabric waste

What isn’t good about this method

  • cutting an stitching must be exact
  • bias edges easily stretch

Rating: 2 out of 5

The good things about this method don’t out weigh the bias edges. Unless you are very careful, they will easily distort. Once they stretch, you can’t correct.

Exception: If you have a die cutter to cut the pieces to the exact size, the rating goes to 4 out of 5.

Check out this tutorial for everything you need to know about die-cutting flying geese.


assorted pieced triangles with title.

white and blue fabric pieced triangles 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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