
There are three methods to piece Flying Geese units, and
I will briefly explain all three here. In general, a flying geese unit is always twice as
wide as it is tall. Here's
one that Karlene made! ( As a Border!) 

First, the TRADITIONAL METHOD : good for making
several Flying Geese units as it makes four at a time. 


To make a Flying Geese unit following the Traditional Piecing method, you
need one SQUARE, the size of the finished width you desire it to be + 1 1/4",
AND two TRIANGLES cut from squares that are the height of the finished unit you
want plus 7/8". Cut the large square on the diagonal twice. This will give you four
geese. Then sew a sky triangle to each of the top angled sides, using scant 1/4" seams.
You will get four Flying geese units per large square. EXAMPLE: to get four
2" x 4" finished flying geese units, you would use a 5 1/4" geese square
cut twice diagonally, and four 2 7/8" sky triangles, cut diagonally once each. 

Second, SPEED PIECING METHOD A : good for
piecing just a few units, as it makes just one at a time. 


To make a Flying Geese unit following Speed Piecing Method A you need one RECTANGLE
the length you want the geese unit to be plus 1/2" times the width you want it
to be plus 1/2", AND two SQUARES that measure half the desired length plus
1/2". Place a small square atop the left corner of the rectangle, right sides
together. On the back of the small square, draw a diagonal line. Sew on this diagonal
line. Trim off the excess seam allowance, and press the remainder towards the outer
triangle. Repeat with another square on the opposite end. So that you aren't wasting any
fabric, sew the snippets that you are cutting off in pairs, and you will have some neat
small half squares to use in another project! EXAMPLE: to get a 2" x 4"
finished Flying Geese unit you would use a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" geese rectangle, and
two 2 1/2" squares. 

Lastly, SPEED PIECING METHOD B: good for
making several Flying Geese units as it makes four at a time. 


To make a Flying Geese unit following the Speed Piecing Method B, you need
one SQUARE, the size of the finished width you desire the flying
geese unit to be + 1 1/4", and
four SQUARES that are the height of the finished unit you want plus
7/8". 


Lay two of the smaller squares lined up with the top left and lower right
corners, right sides together atop the large square. They will overlap a tad. Draw diagonal
lines on the backs of the smaller squares. Sew a scant 1/4"
on each side of the marked diagonal. Cut apart on the marked diagonal. 


Press out the seams on each of the two units made in the previous
step. Line up another small square against the larger triangle, again right sides
together. Draw a diagonal line on the back of that small square, and again sew a scant
1/4" on each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line
again. Repeat this
with the remaining two pieces. EXAMPLE: to get a 2" x 4" finished Flying
Geese unit, you would use a 5 1/4" geese square and four 2 7/8" sky squares. 

I also have some paper piecing templates for
rows of Flying Geese...HERE 

May12 2000 Marcia Hohn





pattern from http://www.quilterscache.com 

