Grow-a-Quilt 2021 – Step 3 – Flying Geese

Flying geese are our first block for May. They are fun to make in a traditional or in an improv manner.  


  • Decide if you are going to put a spacer between the Rail Fence and the Geese. 
  • When deciding on the size of the geese, consider how many and the finished size that you want. 

Making Single Geese

  • For 2 1/2” x 5″ finished geese, you need one 3” x 5 1/2” rectangle and two 3” squares.
  • For 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2” finished geese, you need one 3 1/4” x 6” rectangle and two 3 1/4” squares.

Hints or Things to Try

  • Sew on the side of the line towards the corner.
  • If you sew a second line 1/2” over towards the corner you will gain a HST (Half Square Triangle) to use later.
  • Use rectangles and randomly sew pieces to it to make improv geese.

Making Four Geese with the No Waste Method

  • This is a fun method of making geese.  There are links below for this method, but I agree with Niki at Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild that making four Flying Geese by the No-Waste Method works more easily if one increases the size of the smaller squares by a scant 1/8”.
  • For 2 1/2” x 5” finished geese, cut one 6 1/4” square (the geese) and four 3 3/8” squares (the background).
  • For 2 3/4” x 5 1/2” finished geese, cut one 6 3/4” square and four 3 5/8” squares.
  • These are the sizes of small squares given in various directions online.  Try them out to see what works for you.

Helpful Resources

Happy Quilting,
Marilyn, Barb and Les


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