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Flying Geese Quilt Block - Tips and Tricks For Sewing The Perfect Flying Geese

The flying geese quilt block is one of those blocks every quilter should have in their back pocket.  You can make an entire quilt from this single block or it can be incorporated into other quilt blocks.  There are three main ways to make the flying geese quilt block a) three triangles, b) flippy corners, and c) two at a time.  Today, we will focus on the flippy corner method since it is the most common method seen right now.
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We aren't covering the math for making flying geese quilt blocks any size you need or want in this post.  This is all about how to get the picture-perfect flying geese quilt block when using the flippy corner method.  For those who are not familiar with that method, it is when you use a rectangle and two squares to make the quilt block. 

Flying Geese Quilt Block

There are three things that happen when making the quilt block that causes it to fail.  One is not sewing the squares on right, two is not trimming the block correctly, and third is not sewing the finished flying geese into the quilt correctly.  The reasons this happens are pretty simple, either never been shown how to do it right or from pattern designers who make assumptions.  

I will be the first to admit that I am one of those designers who made assumptions. I assumed that quilters already knew what I actually wanted them to do because they had done it before but not everyone who stumbles upon this blog is a seasoned quilter.  It's my job to explain what I want to be done well either in the pattern itself or by providing additional teaching here on the blog.  I have even put together pages for information about basic quilting.  

Ready to make the perfect flying geese quilt block?  Let's do it!!  There's a video at the end of the post that shows everything I've written.

Sewing Flying Geese Quilt Block

Your pattern will tell you what size of rectangle and squares you need.  It will also tell you that need to draw a diagonal line on the back of the squares and then sew on the line.  This is the mistake.  You don't really want to sew on the line, you want to fold the fabric back on the line.  

The thread takes up space in your seam when you sew.  Depending on the thickness of your thread depends on how far away you need to sew away from the line you really need to sew.  This might take a few tests to get it perfect.  I use Aurifil 50 weight thread and I need to sew next to the line, if you use a 30 weight thread you'll need to move over a bit more.  

Trimming Flying Geese Quilt Block

Once you have sewn your flying geese quilt block it's always a good idea to make sure it is still the right size.  If it isn't you'll need to trim it.  They do make specialty rulers for trimming them but I have a little too much Alton Brown in me and I don't like uni-taskers.  I use a regular ruler to trim my blocks and if you do too there is one area that you must keep your eye on and that's the tip of the triangle.  

When you trim the block make sure that there is 1/4" from the tip of the triangle to the edge of the fabric.  If you don't have that your top tip will get lost in the seam allowance.  

Sewing Flying Geese Quilt Block

When I sew a flying geese block into a block I always put the flying geese on the top so I can see the X the stitching makes.  That X is where the tip is and if I sew right beside that X I won't cut off the tip in the seam.  

Tips in Video

That's it!  Following these simple tips will help you get those flying geese perfect.  

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