Fast Flying Geese

FAST Flying Geese Blocks

Pros and Cons

I’m not entirely sure whether there is a difference in the accuracy of the two methods.

Advantages
(compared to using the covered corners method)

Disadvantages

– Less fabric wastage
– Faster

– Extravagant with Fabric
– Slower

Application

This method makes four Flying Geese units at a time. It is typically used in blocks like:

10 April
Sawtooth Star

FG multiple
Multiple Flying Geese Lengths

Measurements

FG Measurements

Makes four units:

Size of Background Square:
Background Length + 1¼”

Size of the Corner Squares:
Corner Length + 7/8″
(Cut four squares)

Note the similarity to the measurements for Half-Square Triangles and Quarter Square Triangles.

Preparation

Cut four Corner Squares for every Background Square. Mark the diagonal of these with a pencil line on the wrong side.

Sewing

Align them like this:

FFG Align 1

Note: that the two Corner Squares are overlapped, so that there is approximately ¼” between the drawn line and the junction of the squares.
I have cut my squares slightly too big, so I’ve just let them overhang at the edges. I will frequently round up the cutting size for you.

Sew a scant ¼” seam either side of the drawn line:

FFG Sew 1

FFG Sew 2

Cut on the pencil line:

FFG Cut 1

You should now have two units that look like this:

FFG Units

Press the units. First flat, then fold the corners back:

FFG Iron 1

FFG Iron 2

Now add another Corner Square to each of the units, aligning roughly with the bottom corner:

FFG Align 2

Sew a scant ¼” seam either side of the pencil line:

FFG Sew 3

Cut the units apart on the pencil line:

FFG Cut 2

Press the units. First flat, then fold the corners back:

FFG Iron 3

FFG Iron 4

Trimming

Trim the units to size, ensuring that:
1. there is a ¼” seam left where the corners overlap
2. centering the half-way point of the block size where the corners overlap.

FFG Align 3