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# No Waste Flying Geese Tutorial

Make four no waste flying geese at a time. Learn the technique and see a size chart. Easy enough for beginners and fast!

There are times when you want to make more than one flying geese at a time. You want to make multiple geese at a time!

This method results in four geese that do not need to be trimmed to size. You only need to trim off the 'wing tips' (you'll see this in the instructions below).

The Eight Pointed Star quilt block is a prime example of when you might want to make flying geese four at a time (there will be a link to this block at the end of this tutorial).

There are many quilting rulers available on the market for purchase to make more than one flying geese at a time. However, if you are on a budget buying a ruler may not be feasible.

## Flying Geese Math

But, if you know the math, a specific ruler may be unnecessary.

Using this method requires 5 squares in two different sizes - 1 large square and 4 smaller squares - to make four flying geese rectangle units.

The math is...

Small Squares Size: Add 7/8 inch to the shorter side of the finished size of your flying geese unit.

Large Square Size: Add 1 1/4 inches to the longer side of the finished size of your flying geese unit.

## Fast No Waste Flying Geese Chart

 Finished Geese Size (inches) Unfinished Small Square Size (inches)Cut 4Fabric A Unfinished Large Square Size (inches) Cut 1Fabric B 1 1/2 x 3 2 x 42 1/2 x 5 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 2 7/8 x 2 7/83 3/8 x 3 3/8 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 5 1/4 x 5 1/46 1/4 x 6 1/4 3 x 63 1/2 x 7 3 7/8 x 3 7/84 3/8 x 4 3/8 7 1/4 x 7 1/48 1/4 x 8 1/4 4 x 84 1/2 x 9 4 7/8 x 4 7/85 3/8 x 5 3/8 9 1/4 x 9 1/410 1/4 x 10 1/4 5 x 105 1/2 x 116 x 12 5 7/8 x 5 7/86 3/8 x 6 3/86 7/8 x 6 7/8 11 1/4 x 11 1/412 1/4 x 12 1/413 1/4 x 13 1/4

Start by cutting strips the same width as the size of the unfinished squares. Then, subcut to the size of the unfinished squares.

## How to Make Four No Waste Flying Geese Instructions

Step 1a Cut Squares and Rectangle According to the measurement chart above...

Cut 1 large square from Fabric B (solid brown).

Cut 4 small squares from Fabric A (green print).

Step 1b Mark Small Squares On the wrong side of the small squares, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.

Step 2 Place the large square right side up and on point (oriented like a diamond shape) onto a flat surface. Your cutting mat is perfect.

Place 1 small square, right side down, in the top corner of the large square with the diagonal line running from the top corner to the center of the large square. Pin the smaller square to the larger one so it won't shift when you sew it.

Refer to above photo. Place a second small square, right side down, in the bottom corner of the large square with the diagonal line running from the bottom corner to the center of the large square. Pin.

The overlap of the small squares in the center is fine. You want this. The diagonal lines should line up with one another.

### No waste flying geese in the making...

Step 3 Stitch a seam 1/4 inch on both sides of the drawn line.

Step 4 Place the unit, with large square on bottom, onto your cutting mat.

Place a quilting ruler on the drawn line. Use a rotary cutter and cut on the line, splitting the unit into two halves, leaving a 1/4 inch seam on both halves.

Can you see how the 4 no waste flying geese units will be made? :-)

Let's continue...

Step 5 Flip the small triangles right side up and press the seams toward the small triangles.

Step 6 With the large triangle and small triangles units right side up, place 1 small square, right side down, in the remaining 'unused' corner of each of the large triangles. The drawn diagonal line should run from the unused' corner through the center of the large triangle and overlap where the two smaller triangles meet.

Pin the smaller squares to the larger triangles.

Stitch a seam 1/4 inch on both sides of the drawn line.

Step 7 Place the units (with small squares on top) onto a rotary cutting mat. Orient the units if necessary to get a better angle to make the cut.

Place a quilting ruler on the drawn line. Use a rotary cutter to cut both units into two units.

Step 8 Flip the triangles face up. Press the seam toward the small triangles.

You have made four no waste flying geese units at one time!

Step 9 Trim the dog ears. You should not need to "square up" the flying geese units.

Finished! Told ya it would be easy, and fast! :-)

Now you can use your no waste flying geese units in quilt blocks! Try making a sawtooth star quilt block pattern.

## You might like these

• ### 4 Flying Geese At Once Oversized Instructions

Make 4 flying geese at once oversized and trim without a specialty ruler. See a flying geese size chart too!

• ### How to Make Flying Geese | Strip Quilting Technique

See how to make flying geese using half square and quarter square triangle rulers and strip quilting. No marking fabric or trimming!

• ### Flying Geese Tutorial - Traditional

Flying geese units are used in lots of quilt blocks such as stars. Learn how to make traditional geese and get a size chart!

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