Flying geese have been dated by Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns as having been first published back to 1894, when the Ohio Farmer featured them on their “woman’s pages.”
Now, 120 years later—these simple little units are used in all kinds of quilts, from traditional to modern to improvisational and the most liberated of wonky quilting! (check out my own wonky liberated flying geese at the very bottom of this post!
Here are some fun suggestions and links for making flying geese and using them in your own quilting. The tips and ideas are free and all images are either linked to the book they came from at Martingale, or free usage ones from google and facebook, or belong to me and my own projects.
And shown above: Some of my own projects from my 3D Baby Quilt where 3D flying geese become "interactive" pinwheels, to my free pieced art quilts, to three tote bags and more!
If you're looking for great flying geese ideas..there are so many styles to choose from..and ways to create them. Here are a few fun and creative ways with tips and techniques along the way!
1. Traditional Technique: for quilters who like to use it up and make it do.
2. Flip, Flip, Finish: for quilters who enjoy a good ol’ chain-piecing veg-out.
3. Fast and Furious: for quilters who like to finish fast—times four.
4. Paper-Pieced Geese: for quilters who wish to piece with the utmost precision.
5. From my Free Quilt Blocks List on this blog, check out these wonderful linked tutorials
Flying Geese Block Patterns
Flying Geese: RegularTutorial
Flying Geese 3 D Tutorial
Flying Geese Tutorial using a ruler technique
Flying Geese Quilt Pattern
Flying Geese Quilt Pattern
6. My own wonky and super liberated method..no precision required and frankly, none allowed! Flying Geese:Liberated Free-Pieced Flying Geese
From Cyndi Walker, author of Pretty Patchwork Quilts
“Moonflower” by Cyndi Walker, from the book Pretty Patchwork Quilts.
Flip, Flip, Finish: Flippy Corners Flying Geese
From Cathy Wierzbicki, author of Twosey-Foursey Quilts
A “flippy corner” is a casual way to sew half-square triangles onto squares or rectangles without actually handling a triangle shape—cheater triangles, so to speak. This technique can be applied to a number of commonly used units and blocks. A good example is the flying-geese unit.
Fast and Furious: Four-at-a-Time Flying Geese
From Carrie Nelson, author of Another Bite of Schnibbles
Here are the steps for my favorite, no-special-ruler-required method of making flying-geese units. For each set of four matching flying-geese units, you’ll need one large square and four matching small squares. The large square will become the large triangle in each unit and the four small squares will become the small side triangles in each unit.
Paper-Pieced Geese: The Ultimate in Accuracy
From Karen Costello Soltys, author of Bits and Pieces
“Butterfly Dance” from SuperStrata Quilts
5. Wonky and Liberated...Make these with NO precision, NO pattern, and totally wild abandon!
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