Flying geese are a versatile, basic unit popular with traditional and modern quilters alike. Easy to make, especially if you use the no-waste 4-at-a-time method, they can be used on their own or incorporated into untold numbers of classic quilt block patterns.
At this time of year I have geese on my mind, simply because they are everywhere. Not only do large numbers of Canada geese flying south for the winter stop when they get to Colorado, but our numbers of full-time “resident geese” are on the rise, too. In the wintertime, they are simply all over: on lawns and golf courses, around ponds and reservoirs, and filling the skies in V-formation, honking as they go. To me, geese are a sign of winter along Colorado’s Front Range.
So for that reason, this week we’re sharing the free pattern for Geese Around the Square, designed by Monique Dillard. This 66” x 78” traditional quilt can be used as a large throw or twin-bed quilt. Click here to download the free pattern.
Click here for a McCall’s Quilting free video demonstration of the no-waste flying geese method I mentioned above that you can use to make four at a time. Once I tried this technique for the first time, I was sold and now I use it anytime I need multiple flying geese.
And if you’re interested in a modern take on flying geese, I want to let you know that the kit for Some Say She’s a Dreamer is currently on sale for $30 off the retail price (prices subject to change). This 60” x 68” throw quilt kit includes the Dreamer collection from Windham Fabrics, and the pattern includes the ease of strip piecing with flying geese for a fresh, beginner-friendly quilt. Click here to learn more about the Some Say She’s a Dreamer quilt kit.
P.S. As a bonus, here’s a free block pattern for Gosling-Go-Round. I wasn’t joking when I said I’m seeing geese everywhere I go!