No Waste Flying Geese

For a long time, I’ve preferred the stitch and flip method for making flying geese. Lately though I’ve been using the No Waste method. It uses less fabric than the stitch and flip method and unlike stitch and flip, you’re not wasting any. It’s also a pretty easy method to use! I should note that with this method, you end up with four identical flying geese.

First, Figure out your fabric requirements

Flying geese have two components—the “goose” and “the sky”.

For this method, you’ll need (1) goose square and (4) sky squares. To figure the size of the goose square needed, add 1-1/4” to the finished width of your flying geese. If you want to make flying geese that finish at 2” x 4”, then you’ll need (1) goose square that’s 5-1/4” (4” + 1-1/4”).

To calculate the size of the sky squares, add 7/8” to the finish height of your flying geese. Using our example, you’ll need (4) 2-7/8” sky squares (2” + 7/8”).

Sew the first two sky squares on

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the sky squares. Place (2) sky squares, RST (right sides together) on opposite corners of the goose square. Sew 1/4” away from the line on either side.

Cut on the drawn line. Press the sky squares back.

Sew another sky square on

Place a sky square on the unsewn corner of one of the units. RST. Sew 1/4” away from the line on either side.

Cut on the drawn line and press the sky square back. Repeat with the other units.


You now have four identical flying geese! Isn’t that cool? Be sure to trim your flying geese as needed before sewing them into your block.

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