Sunday, September 24, 2006

My Favorite Flying Geese Technique

After my posts about flying geese (door quilt and red & white blocks for Clare's leukemia project), several people asked about my flying geese tool. It's a 'no math' ruler from Lazy Girl Designs. You can get one here or here or here or here (I've also seen a couple on ebay). Basically it has cutting lines for the two sizes of squares to make seven sizes of flying geese from 3/4"x1.5" to 3.5"x7".


First cut five squares - one large, four small. These five squares will result in four flying geese units. For 2"x4" finished units, the large square is 5 1/4" and the small squares measure 2 7/8".


Place two of the small squares on the large square right sides together. Draw a line down the center of the small squares, then sew 1/4" from each side of this line.


Cut down the line you drew.


Iron the seam allowance towards the little triangles.


Place each of the remaining small squares on these pieces right sides together. Draw a line down the center of the small squares, then sew 1/4" from each side of this line.


Cut down the lines you drew.


Iron the seam allowances toward the little triangles once again.


Voila!


For four finished flying geese measuring 1"x2", the large square measures 3 1/4" and the small squares measure 1 7/8". For four finished flying geese measuring 3"x6", the large square is 7 1/4" and the small squares are 3 7/8".

I know there are lots of ways to make flying geese - this is just the easiest way for me! If you give it a try, I'd love to hear from you!

39 comments:

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I'm glad you explained that - I didn't quite get it when I asked last time. That looks like a good method - no waste.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

This is my favorite method for making flying geese - great pictures and explanations!

The Wittering Rainbow said...

It's great to see this done step by step - very clear, thank you!

Lily said...

Now my head hurts - 9pm on a Sunday night after a very busy day is just too late for me to be able to understand what look to be very good instructions!!!

Thanks for your comment over on my blog :)

Dormouse said...

This ruler is certainly going on my wish list for Christmas. I've always struggled to get my geese with all their beaks and wings.

Brigitte said...

thanks for the fantastic cyberworkshop for free. This ruler is on my actual wishlist now! greetings from Germany

kathy said...

What a clear tutorial on piecing these. Flying geese is one of my favorite patterns. You're inspiring me to make some with this easy approach. Thanks.

Suze said...

Such a great way to make a flock of geese......... Great pictures. How kind of you to take the time to do that for us.

Lois R. said...

That is so cool!!! But there is one point I'm confused about... Do you need to have the no math ruler to do this trick? Is this the method they tell you to use with the ruler?

I'm bookmarking this post. Thanks for the info!

Finn said...

Hi Hedgie...*VBS* what a great tutorial you wrote up! It IS a lot of work, and I so admire the patience needed to do each step, take the picture and write about it. And then get them all posted.
I really like the sound of this way you explained and will be trying it VERY soon!! Hugs, Finn

Hedgehog said...

Responding to Lois R. for all to see.... No, you don't need the ruler to use this method. There are good instructions for this method that come with the ruler and with the ruler, you don't need to do any of the math. I've included the square sizes for three sizes of geese in the tutorial - if you'd like to know the dimensions for another size, just send me an email! Hope this clears it up. :)

Shelina said...

I really love this method. Beth Ferrier uses it for her blocks of the month. I don't use any rulers for it though. I wish I had seen this post before I cut up all those little squares for the flying geese in my new quilt. I hate it when I do something the old way when I know a new and better way!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tutorial - I could never "see" it before.

paula, the_quilter said...

How funny! I just finished making 128 flying geese using this method. And, no, I do not have this ruler. I just use my normal rotary ruler. /paula

Simonetta said...

Thank you very much!!!!In Italy is not found very material for the patchwork! There is luckily the web :)))

Brigitte said...

thank you, Hedgehog! I ordered the rule today, after reading your blog. THAT's soooooo easy - GREAT tool
summer greetings from Poland
Brigitte at beadtex blogspot

amandajean said...

thanks for this tutorial! I am going to try it right away. (even without the ruler) thanks for the measurements.

jacquie said...

i am going to try this today! thanks so much.

RobinE said...

I found this via crazymomquilts. What a great tutorial! I'm really excited to try it out. Thanks so much for sharing it. :)

rachel griffith said...

great tutorial.
i saw this in pat sloan's 'beyond the basics' book and used it to make a table runner.

you can see it here:
http://rachel-griffith.blogspot.com/2008/06/its-never-to-early-to-quilt-for.html

Ell said...

Wow! That's the easiest explanation I've ever seen. Thanks!

I've got an upcoming project with lots of Flying Geese and I was dreading it but now I know I can handle it.

This morning will be spent practicing.

Thanks again!

piecemealquilts said...

That's a great tutorial! My very first quilt (well, except the class sampler) was a flying geese quilt for my grandparents. I wish I knew about your tutorial then! I cut every triangle, then sewed each individual piece together, bias edges and all.

I saw an interesting one seam flying geese method on the Quilt Show by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. It makes dimensional flying geese, and it's super simple. I posted about it here. The photo shows two versions - the bottom goose is a the regular way, then I turned back the edges on the top goose for a curved wing.

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Aimee said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was a clear tutorial, and a fast and easy way to make these!

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Sølvi's blog said...

Loveli how to do by your pictures. Thanks a lot.

Charlene said...

I LOVE this technique! It saves fabric, and no little cutting of points off! I'm all for saving fabric where I can.

I didn't know there was a ruler for it. I'm going to go online right now and look for it - that way I don't have to remember the size of the squares, or write it down and lose it!

Thanks for sharing!!

Marianna said...

Great tutorial. Thank you for making it.

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Anonymous said...

Check your measurements! The squares to cut for a finished 1" x 2" flying geese should be 3 1/4" & 1 7/8". CDB

Hedgehog said...

Thanks, anonymous! I've corrected it above.

quiltdolls said...

i have the ruler & love this method. Jo morton started me on this.

great.

kim

webmailaddress2 said...

This post is 5 years old, but the content is still awesome! I'd been trying to figure out how to convert dimensions for the regular (wasteful) flying geese into the efficient method, and now I have the conversion down. Thanks!

Mary said...

I'm so glad I followed a link from crazymomquilts here for this tutorial. My 10 daughter has decided on a flying geese pattern for a quilt that she's making for a school project. I will admit that I inwardly groaned because I've never considered anything with triangles good for a beginner. Reading through your tut gives me hope that we'll be able to do this with minimal tears (on both our parts. ;) ) Thanks!!

Sally said...

This is the neatest thing I have ever seen...

theview said...

I've been working on this method and I'm going nuts. I need a FINISHED 2 1/2 x 4 1/2, so I cut the large square 5 3/4 square and the smaller ones are 3 3/8. When I'm done I have to cut off 1/4" off all around. Is it right that I'd have to square it off that much. I've found several online directions exactly the same, but none say they have to be squared off. So- the questions is, is it larger and needs to be squared off to the 2 1/2 x 4 1/2? All the directions I find show an even finished flying geese, 2x4. I'm definitely having problems with the math, but the idea works well. Obviously, it's me!
Maureen

Anonymous said...

This is a FANTASTIC tutorial - I"ve just made 500 flying geese with this (25 colours 6" by 3" finished geese). Thank you so much for your time on teaching me this. It's my third quilt and is going to be my wedding quilt. thanks again!

Judy Blinkenberg said...

Oh My Thank You! I'll try it. I have been postponing a small quilt of flying geese for my sister. Just don't know how. Thank you. I'll try this one!!

Carol Wood said...

WOW, I do love your easy/no waste method! I have several quilts (for charity) with 3"x5 1/2" flying geese to make. Do you think you could give me the cutting sizes for these measurements? I'd really appreciate this! Thank you.
Carol from Australia