This common method for piecing flying geese units makes four at a time. That is helpful, because they are often used in multiples of four.
The technique might seem confusing at first, but follow the directions closely and it’s not difficult.
Cut the fabric
For a flying geese unit that finishes at 3″ x 6″, You will need:
- one background square 7-1/4″
- four accent fabric squares 3-7/8″
If you want to make a size other than 3″ x 6″, the math isn’t difficult. For the background colour, cut a square 1-1/4″ larger than the finished width. For the accent fabric, cut four squares 7/8″ larger than the finished height.
Mark a diagonal line on the back of all the accent squares.
Align two accent squares in opposite corners. Be sure the marked lines go from corner to corner on the background square. Pin to hold secure while stitching.
Stitch 1/4″ away on each side of the centre line.
Cut on the centre line.
Gently press the small triangles back.
Add an accent square to each of the pieces. Align the diagonal line to the corner as shown.
Stitch 1/4″ away from either side of the centre line.
Trim on the centre line.
What’s good about this method
- the steps are easy
- only need to cut squares
- makes multiple
What’s not Good
- marking lines takes time
- math is tricky
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This method is useful if you need a lot of flying geese in standard sizes.
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