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Giant No-Waste Flying Geese with Layer Cakes

on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog, tutorial | 13 comments

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

Huge Giant Mega Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial

What if a person werta make the mega flying geese block using the No-Waste Flying Geese method (which is found all over the internet) and precut 10″ squares? Well… that just might work!! I tested my idea and I’m happy to report the easy-peasey, HOLY-HUGE-BLOCK, Batman!, flying geese quilt block tutorial.

How big are we talkin? Ok, each traditional flying geese block (flying goose???) will measure 9-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ before is it joined into the quilt. Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Decide on the Size

Lap Size:

(This is the size I used for my rough-draft, bohemian, test quilt. I also used the bigger pieces from my fabric stash and scrap bin.)

Finished Quilt Size: 54″ x 54″

5 LARGE squares 19-1/4″ (purchase in three, 2/3 yard increments)
20 squares 9-7/8″ (cut from layer cake squares OR 5 fabric pieces cut 1/3 yard each)

You will make 20 geese units.  You only need 18. Use the extra two on the back.

Queen Size:

(This is the size I used for my Kaffe Fassett fabric version, shown at the end of this blog post.)

Finished Quilt Size: 72″ x 90″

10 LARGE squares 19-1/4″  (OR 3-1/3 yard. If you are making a “scrappier” quilt, purchase in five pieces,  2/3 yard increments)
40 squares 9-7/8″  (cut from layer cake squares OR 10 fabric pieces cut 1/3 yard each*)

*If you are using cut yardage for your 40 squares: From each 1/3 yard piece of fabric, cut 4 squares 9-7/8″ x 9-7/8″

No-Waste Flying Geese Method

For each no-waste construction block, you’ll need:

  • 1 large square
  • 4 smaller squares- For best results, trim 1/8″ off two sides of each 10″ square to create the 9-7/8″ squares. If you skip this step, and I know you want to, you may need to do more work in the squaring-up process once the geese unit is completed.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each smaller square using a non-permanent fabric pen.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Lay two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square. Make sure to match right sides and make the marked diagonal lines appear to connect across the entire large block. Pin.

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Notice the cut edges meet at the outer corners.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Use a 1/4″ presser foot to stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line.

Flip the entire large square and stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line on the other side.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Cut the two halves apart with a rotary cutter.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

This will create a crazy heart-looking shape, which is how you’ll know you are on the right track.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Match right sides and pin one remaining square to the corner. The diagonal line should point from the V of the heart shape to the outer corner.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Stitch 1/4″ away from the marked diagonal line on the right and left sides.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Use a rotary cutter to cut along the marked diagonal line, just as you did before.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Each geese unit is 18-1/2″ x 9-1/2″.

I mean HUGE! The biggest challenge with making the flying geese is finding a surface big enough on which to mark and cut, but even that can be done in halves.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Trim the blocks if necessary, but remember there needs to be 1/4″ seam allowance extending past the point.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Each time you go through the no-waste construction process you will create 4 gianormous flying geese blocks.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignsStitch all the required geese blocks for your quilt size.

Arrange Blocks

I recommend joining two flying geese blocks (with a 1/4″ seam allowance) to create an 18-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ square block to use in your design arrangement.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Traditional flying geese seem to fly in one direction, or at least fly in one direction per vertical column.

I decided to mix it up. You’ll notice I used 18 of my 20 flying geese.  I’ll have two left over to work into the backing fabric.  … or lets be real, this was so incredibly fast to make, I might save the geese to start a second quilt top.

Join blocks using an 1/4″ seam allowance. Pin at all intersections and points for accuracy.Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

Quilting

Ok, these geese are bigger than the quilt-able area of the longarm. Wow. That is HUGE.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Longarm Quilting

I picked a fast fast fast loop design, but neglected to realize with the geese being so large, I would have to roll the quilt up and down for each block. #learningcurve

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Longarm Quilting

I ended up using left over geese in the quilt backing: two, left over from the pattern directions and an additional four more from my “will this even work” block. I joined my geese and then framed them in fabric from my stash.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Longarm Quilting

Here’s the front of the 54″ x 54″ quilt.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Longarm Quilting

And a couple more quilting pics before I go to my leftover bindings pile to add a scrappy finish to this every-color-quilt with every-color-binding.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Longarm Quilting
Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Longarm QuiltingGiant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Longarm Quilting

Queen Size

Since the “test” size worked, I decided to make the queen size quilt, too!! Y’all, I made this queen size in one day. This would be the perfect project to pack on a quilt retreat!

There’s so much Kaffe Fassett fabric from which to choose, but here’s what I bought:

  • 5 pieces of yellows 2/3 yard each
  • 5 pieces of blue/green/purple at 2/3 yard each

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

I cut my fabrics into the 19-1/4″ x 19-1/4″ squares and the smaller 9-7/8″ x 9-7/8″ squares. (as described in the directions above) I did sort the piles to keep some order to mixed up plan. I have the smaller squares flipped over in the photo so I could quickly mark the diagonal lines one their wrong sides.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

Then, I followed the directions above to create the 40 flying geese blocks.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

I did some serious assembly-line sewing.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

When it came to piecing the geese together, I made sure to pin the seams, points and other intersections. I used the 1/4″ mark on my Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. There are 120 points on this quilt and I really wanted to see them all.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

I started arranging the blocks in every direction, just like the test quilt.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

I am loving how this big ole 72″ x 90″ quilt came together. (Whoa, I need better lighting in the studio!)

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

I learned my lesson quilting the test quilt and decided to try an all-over, edge-to-edge design when I free motion quilted this big guy on the longarm.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

Just a note- I saved all the extra fabric pieces when cutting and was able to eek out the binding (cut 8 strips 2-1/4″ x WOF) from the initial fabric purchase. Awesome!!

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

The quilt is so bright and festive thanks to the fabrics. I’m loving how it turned out.

Giant Flying Geese Using Layer Cakes | Quilting Pattern | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts | Kaffe Fassett

Huge thanks to a couple of my friends, Sarah R and Stacy P,  in the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild who inspired me with their half-square triangle version of larger flying geese!

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    13 Comments

  1. Looks GREAT! I love your color choices. It looks like it is perfect for Fiesta week. (San Antonio ex-pat, I may get back there yet.) I love how easy you make it seem – to match points. You have inspired me to try it. (I’ve put your instructions in my “To-Do” pile. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Rosalie Mangen

    February 10, 2016

  2. Absolutely love it!
    Was going through my stash and have some largish batik scraps.
    Can’t wait.

    Diane

    February 26, 2016

  3. In the lap size quilt ….which is the lighter size fabric= is it the 3 pieces 2/3 yard or is it the 5 pieces 1/3 yard each. Just would like to be able to get the same look but in the directions I am not sure of the placement? Also it seems you mentioned scrappy look in the Kaffe queen size quilt as using the layer cake, but it seems like you used the cuts in this and not the layer cake, so I think that the scrappy may be the layer cake method since they come with many more fabrics? Love what you did and going to try to make this as soon as I understand which fabrics I should be buying and the placement. Thanks

    Elyse B

    February 27, 2016

  4. I just love this idea of going BIG. I have always wanted to do the flying geese pattern but want to get it done quick. This tutorial fits the bill…thanks for doing all of the math 😀

    Becky S

    February 29, 2016

  5. May I purchase or copy this pattern? In a PDF form? Please and thank you. I love your choice of colors!
    Shelly

    Shelly

    February 29, 2016

    • May I purchase a paper copy of this pattern. Due to visual problems, I can not work from my IPad . Thank You.Barbara Olsson

      Barbara Olsson

      April 10, 2016

  6. Love it! So nice to make a beautiful quilt in a smaller amount of time. Keep on keeping on!

    Bonita

    March 27, 2016

  7. I would like to purchase a PDF of this can you tell me how.

    Joanne Bryan

    May 11, 2016

  8. This is a gorgeous quilt, and your tutorials for this quilt and the Giant FG are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing these with us. 🙂

    Angie

    June 30, 2016

    • Thank you so much for tutorial

      Joanne

      June 30, 2016

  9. I love it! I’ve never done a quilt before but Im starting with a t shirt quilt with filling strips. Instead of starting with this amazing quilt you showed us here…. Thank you for sharing with us, is beautiful!

    Cynthia

    August 7, 2016

  10. Thank you so much for this tutorial. It is done so well and encouraging for one who has a lot on her plate right now but needs a wedding quilt soon.

    Kathy Kumiega

    September 26, 2016

  11. I’ve been trying to figure out how to produce six baby quilts over the next several months. Babies galore!!! I believe you have helped solve my dilemma here. I think I will make the twins-to-be giant flying geese and will make one of the quilts with geese flying clockwise around the outside, the other counter-clockwise. I’ve never had so many friends having babies all in one year

    Denise

    November 17, 2016

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