Making Flying Geese Four at a Time

orange and white flying geese units with title.

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″
fabric squares cut for flying geese.

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.

marking for flying geese.


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.

squares pinned together for flying geese.

Stitch 1/4″ away on each side of the centre line.

squares stitched for flying geese.

Cut on the centre line.

flying geese assembly in progress.

Gently press the small triangles back.

flying geese in progress.

Add an accent square to each of the pieces. Align the diagonal line to the corner as shown.

making two flying geese units.

Stitch 1/4″ away from either side of the centre line.

stitching flying geese units.

Trim on the centre line.

making four flying geese units.

Press open.

orange and white flying geese units.

You’re done!

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

Rating: 4 out of 5

This method is useful if you need a lot of flying geese in standard sizes.


assorted pieced triangles with title.
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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