How to Sew a Flying Geese Quilt Block: Free Pattern

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Learn to sew a Flying Geese Quilt Block! This free pattern for the classic flying geese quilt block uses a shortcut method you’ll love. I will show you how to make 4 flying geese units at one time using just 5 squares of fabric. Lucky enough, this easy quilt block design uses 4 flying geese units plus two rectangles!

Of course, you can use your flying geese units in other ways too. Read on for step by step Flying Geese block instructions, plus ideas for using it in your quilts.

This free quilt block pattern shares how to sew a flying geese block that finishes at 12”. This particular quilt block uses 3 different fabrics because it’s part of my Kitchen Sink Quiltalong Quilt (see more info below).

I have a similar quilt block pattern here at SewCanShe that also uses flying geese units. Make sure you check out the Dutchman’s Puzzle quilt block tutorial too.

These easy instructions will show you how to sew one 12” Flying Geese Quilt block.

Download the FLYING GEESE block pattern as a free printable PDF file.

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There are 10 Flying Geese blocks in our Kitchen Sink Quiltalong Quilt, so the cutting instructions in the PDF are for 10 blocks. The instructions found in this blog post below are for only one block. Of course, you can easily adapt the technique and sew as many blocks as you like!

Instructions for sewing a 12” (finished size) Flying Geese Block

Finished block size: 12’’ x 12’’ (it is 12 1/2’’ x 12 1/2’’ before you sew it in a quilt).

You will need:

  • 3 different colors or prints of fabric (I used light peach, coral, and navy blue)
  • a fabric marking pen or pencil
  • a rotary cutter acrylic ruler, and mat
  • sewing machine
  • thread (I suggest thread matching the light peach fabric)
  • ironing board and iron


Navy Blue:

  • cut 4 squares 3 7/8” x 7/8”


  • cut 1 square 7 1/4” x 7 1/4”

Light Peach (or other background fabric):

  • cut 2 strips 3 1/2” x 12 1/2”


Use a scant 1/4’’ seam allowance and a medium stitch length such as 2-2.5.

1. Draw a diagonal line on the back of four navy 3 7/8’’ squares.

2. Place two of the navy squares right sides together on a 7 1/4’’ square, aligned with opposite corners. The small squares will overlap and the drawn lines should make a single diagonal line across the large square.

3. Sew a scant 1/4’’ away from the drawn line on either side. Cut the piece apart along the line.

  1. Fold back the smaller triangles and press. Place another one of the smaller squares on each piece, aligned with the remaining corner as shown. Stitch 1/4’’ away from the drawn line on either side.

5. Cut apart the pieces along the line. Fold back the triangles and press to make 4 flying geese units. Trim the flying geese units to 3 1/2’’ x 6 1/2’’.

6. Use a 1/4” seam allowance to sew the 4 flying geese units together in a column .

7. Sew the two light peach 3 1/2’’ x 12 1/2’’ strips on either side. Trim the block to 12 1/2’’ square, if desired.

So how did you like this no waste method of sewing flying geese units with no pins? Let me know in the comments!

Tip: I have used my 12 1/2” square ruler to square up every block in this quiltalong quilt so far and I love it!

If you are sewing our Kitchen Sink Block of the Month Quiltalong Quilt, you’ll need to make 10 Flying Geese Blocks. Make sure you enter your email address in the field above to get the free PDF download that is pages 9-10 of the pattern.

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This is Block #6 in our Kitchen Sink Quiltalong

Get ready to sew all your favorite quilt blocks this year! This is the year that we are going to sew everything but the kitchen sink in our Kitchen Sink 2022 Quiltalong.

This bold graphic quilt is perfect for learning new quilt making skills that build on one another, or for putting skills you already have into a big beautiful quilt.

Tips: As you work block by block on your kitchen sink quilt, save your scraps because you will be able to use them for future blocks.

These awesome scrapbooking bins are perfect for keeping your finished blocks safe until it’s time to sew them together into a quilt top.

Here are the 10 free quilt block patterns in the Kitchen Sink Quiltalong:

Don’t miss all my other free quilt patterns, too!


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