March 17, 2011

'No Waste' Flying Geese tutorial

This method is used in my Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival pattern classes.  The 'No Waste' Flying Geese method is a great technique, making ease out of many Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt blocks. To learn more about my pattern classes for the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt, (using very few templates!) click HERE for more information

To make 'No Waste' Flying Geese:
Cut a square the finished length measurement of the desired flying geese unit
and add to this, 1-1/4" (1.25)

Cut 4 squares the finished height measurement 
of desired flying geese and add 7/8" (.875)

To make 1-1/2" x 3" finished flying geese units, cut 1 square 
Next cut (4) 2-3/8" squares
Stitch them together as shown below

Mark a diagonal line corner to corner on the smaller squares and place right sides together with the bigger square, like this:
Stitch a 1/4" on either side of the drawn line
Cut apart on the drawn line.
 creating 2 of these units
 press seams towards small triangles
 place a small square right sides together with both units from above like this:
 stitch 1/4" on either side of the drawn line
 cut apart on the drawn line
 Yields 4 Flying Geese units

Math Chart for a handful of common Flying Geese sizes

Of course, you can stick to the traditional method for Flying Geese using corner triangles, but the 'no waste' method is great!


  1. Now that is so neat....never saw it done that way...thank you.....

  2. Great Tutorial! Thanks! I love Mary Ellen' it!

  3. Great!!! I love the Flying Geese quilts and want one for my bed, this will make it so much easier to do, thank you x

  4. Great tutorial ... I've linked to it in one of my blog post on a quilt with flying geese. Your work is just beautiful, you've mastered your craft!

  5. i remember my flying geese i am wanting to do another because i came across your blog!

  6. Gracias... muy interesante el tutorial, muy bonito todo lo que haces. Besos
    Te escribiría en Inglés pero no lo domino mucho.

  7. Thank you so much . Your tutorial is a best.

  8. Great tutorial!
    Love your landscape pic! Those Lucy episodes are still hilarious!

  9. Thank you!!! You have the sizes I need, hugs xoxoxoxo

  10. loved this tutorial, I will test the morning , thank you .... hugs Brazil
    (sorry my english , it's bad I know)

  11. Mine turned out 1/2" too big. But I love the process and will try again!



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