Four-at-a-time flying geese: traditional + contrasting sky methods {with video tutorial}

Sometimes you just need to make a lot of flying geese (pfffft… as if there are any projects where you ever just need one or two). This tutorial will show you how to make four at a time like the robotic machine-human you are!

Cutting your fabric:

For this tutorial, I’m using a floral print for my geese (the center triangle) and solid black for my sky pieces (the two smaller outer triangles).

You’ll need four small squares for your sky pieces and one larger square for your geese.

HST Half Square Triangles - Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.

Decide how big you want to make your flying geese. Since your finished units will make a rectangle, keep in mind – your width should be double the height. If your desired finished width is 4″, then your finished FG should measure at a 2″ x 4″ rectangle.

To determine the size of your square geese fabric, take your finished FG width and add 1¼” – so for a 2″ x 4″ rectangle, your geese fabric will need to be 5¼” square.

For your smaller sky squares, determine your finished FG height and add ⅞” – for a 2″ x 4″ rectangle, you will need to cut four 2⅞” squares. Mark a diagonal line through each sky square.

How to make your flying geese:

Place two small sky pieces at opposite corners of your large square, lining up your diagonal marked lines.


Sew a ¼” seam along both sides and cut on your marked line.


Press open your seams on each unit.


Place one remaining sky square in the corner of each unit with your diagonal line running between the two points. Sew a ¼” seam along both sides and cut on your marked line (as in the previous steps).


Press your seams open and trim to size.

HST Half Square Triangles - Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.

How to make flying geese using contrasting sky fabrics:

For my current project, I wanted my FG to have two different fabrics for the sky pieces.

The instructions are the same as the traditional method, but instead of cutting all four sky squares the same, you’ll need two squares cut from each fabric.

Here’s a quick video tutorial showing how I made my flying geese with contrasting sky fabrics. Psst… it’s only a minute and a half long!

Late last year, I started keeping a quilting journal… a way to keep track of all my past, current, & future projects – along with sewing tips, goals, shortcuts and anything else I might want to refer back to (I also use it to keep track of daily activities, ideas and everything that helps keep me organized, inspired and motivated)! If you want to start a quilting (or just life in general) journal, there are so many online resources — just look up Bullet Journaling for an infinite supply of wonderful ideas and inspiration.

And of course I devoted a page to this flying geese method (AND the quilt I’m using it in… but I’ll share that one in a future post)!

Do you BuJo? What are your favorite things to keep track of?


Linking up with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl for Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!



10 thoughts on “Four-at-a-time flying geese: traditional + contrasting sky methods {with video tutorial}

  1. I love this method! And you’ve done a great job explaining it 🙂 I especially love the sneak peak at your bullet journal (yayyy!) and that gorgeous quilt. Can’t wait to see it all quilted up! xoxo


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