Flying Geese is one of those classic blocks that everyone has seen, even if they don’t know the name associated with it. This rectangular block has a large triangle at the center of it with two “sky” triangles in each corner. Though it can vary a little, the classic block can be used to make other larger blocks or stand alone as themselves. The following longarm renters brought in some very pretty quilts using these versatile units. We’re flying into spring with flying geese!
Jennifer Conquers Flying Geese
Jennifer told me once that she hated flying geese. Then I noticed her bringing in a lot of quilts with these units. Her response to this observation, “I figured I needed to tackle this challenge head on.” So she decided to make flying geese quilts until she mastered them!
I like the use of only two fabrics for each massive block. It helps you see the real shape of the block and makes the lattice work of the flying geese stand out. She used Kashmir, a paper pantograph, to give this an edge to edge treatment that looks great on it.
Rebecca makes an impact with free-motion
Rebecca has been renting our longarm machines for a few years now, and for this quilt she was ready to tackle ruler quilting!
You can see the flying geese in the borders where she echoed their flight is the blank spaces around them as well. Add some continuous curves in the body of the quilt and viola, you have a masterpiece. And don’t miss the photo of her quilt’s back. You can really see all her phenomenal quilting there!
Falicia’s Fun Polka Dot Quilt is leading the way
This is a fun polka dot quilt that Falicia created for a friend. There is a great consistency with the use of all the colorful and yet similar fabric. With the arrows all pointing at the flying geese in the center, the design has a nice flow to it. She quilted this by simply turning on the electronic channel lock on the APQS Millie and sewing long straight lines longwise through it.
And don’t you love that backing fabric? It’s a 108″ wide fabric called Be Mindful. It’s filled with heartwarming phrases about friendship and love. It was the perfect backing fabric for a quilt gifted to a friend. Great job, Falicia!
So you can see flying geese work great as part of a larger block or sashing, in a border around a quilt, or right down the center as the focus of the quilt. There are lots of ways to piece these little beauties as well as quilt them. What kind of flying geese quilt can you come up with? When you’re done, post it on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see how you are flying into spring with flying geese.