You may think that autumn in New England is all about leaf peeping, apple picking, tailgating (Yale or Harvard? Patriots or Giants?) or even getting lost in corn mazes. But as a born and bred Yankee, I can tell you that if those are your definition of fall, you are definitely missing out on a unique culinary experience. No, it’s not pumpkin spice lattes, hot apple crisp, or even clam pizza (that’s a New Haven thing)… it’s donuts. Cider donuts, to be exact.
So, what is the connection between quilting and donuts? I’m glad you asked. The answer is flying geese…
Here are five reasons to whet your appetite with cider donuts and try your hand at flying geese blocks.
I dare you to buy a dozen donuts and not throw in a cider variety when they are in season. Similarly, flying geese blocks can be arranged in dozens of different ways. Set them with plain center-square, 9-patch, or other blocks for endless options. Here are two options for arranging flying geese blocks around a center square. The designs depend on the placement of the points and the arrangement of color value.
2. Traditional yet updated.
No matter how fancy the donut, it starts with a traditional recipe. The variety comes from adding a distinct flavor. Modern, art, and traditional quilters all love the flying geese block. Adding this block adds flavor to their quilts.
3. They come in batches.
Just like donuts, it’s easier to make a batch of flying geese at a single sitting than it is to make just one. And come to think of it, it’s more fun to have a batch of donuts to share and lots of ‘geese’ to arrange on a design wall, too!
4. They create leftovers.
Modern donuts are shaped by rolling the dough on a board and cutting it with a circle. The center is then cut with a smaller circle, leaving a ring shape. The leftover center circle can be incorporated back into the dough or fried separately as a donut hole. Dare I say, donut holes are equally delicious and even more portable. Likewise, if you only need three geese and use the 4-at-a-time method, you’ll have a few leftovers. But don’t throw them out – these are great to incorporate in your next scrap quilt!
5. Both are irresistible.
Just try to pass up an opportunity to play with pattern and value as you plan your next flying geese quilt. Just try to say no to a donut!
Now that I have your attention, it is time to get sewing! If you’re looking for patterns that feature the flying geese block, we have just the bundle for you. These six patterns have more in common than just their use of this versatile block. They’re also fun, functional, and full of color. Pick up the bundle and a few donuts, and have the best autumn afternoon sewing – and snacking – on a modern classic.
Editor, Quilting Arts
Eater of cider donuts