flying geese

How to make a stitch and flip flying geese quilt block

Flying geese is a classic quilt block that is widely used in quilting. One of the first quilts I ever saw that caught my attention was made of flying geese units in rows in pink tones. I thought what a stunning quilt.

I usually use the no waste flying geese method but this time I’m going to demonstrate how to use the stitch and flip method.

While this method will produce some waste, I also will show you what to do with the waste.

Let’s get to it!

Finished block size

Two 3″ x 6″ units.


  • two rectangles, 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ in turquoise
  • 4 squares, 3 1/2″ x  3 1/2″ in a light floral print has a chart for different size flying geese:

The other method I regularly use is the four at a time flying geese: has a great chart to work out different sizes.

Credit: Ellisa Higgs

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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How to make a traditional flying geese quilt block

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