No Waste Flying Geese

Kimberlee Tanner

No Waste Flying Geese

Flying geese are a traditional block that has been around forever. They can be found in all sorts of quilt designs and are very versatile. This week we show you how to create flying geese blocks, 4 at a time, with no waste.


This is our absolute favorite method to create basic flying geese blocks. The formula works for any finished size block. We use these designs in borders and as block accents. They can also be used if you need to add a little extra width to a quilt top, or just placed in small pieces to add a little extra interest to a larger border or area. We also like making them scrappy and creating designs entirely from the flying geese blocks. There are so many options!

The best part about this method is that there is no waste, and NO TRIMMING! They should come out the desired finished size without needing to square things up (you can trim off the triangles from the seams poking beyond the edges and we do recommend that, but that’s all you’ll need to do).

Fabric Requirements

First, you’ll need 2 sizes of fabric. 1 large square, this will form the center, and 4 small squares, this will be the outside or background triangles. For the large square, add 1 1/4″ to the desired finished width of your goose. For the small squares, add 7/8″ to the desired finished height of your goose. These starting pieces will create 4 finished flying geese blocks.

Assembly Instructions

Step 1: Place a small square on opposite corners of your large square. Draw a line from corner to corner to corner. Sew a 1/4″ seam on both sides of that line. Cut on the line. Press your triangles up.

Step 2: Place another small square on the remaining corner. Draw a line from corner to corner of the small square. Sew 1/4″ seam on both sides of that line. Cut on the line, Press the triangles up.

Step 3: Repeat with the remaining half.

Step 4: Trim off the small triangles on the outside of the block. Not necessary, but if they are being sewn next to light colors, they may show through if left in tact.


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