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Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog, charity, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 5 comments

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese MethodMy huge no-waste flying geese quest continues! Oh my goodness. I made them recently from layer cakes (precut 10″ fabric squares). I then thought, “What if I don’t have a layer cake and I only have fat quarters?” Oh… this could work, too.  So here we go!

The size shown in this quilting tutorial is a finished Baby Size quilt- 48″ x 40″ made with 8 fat quarters (precut 18″ x 22″ fabric pieces). Here are some size options:

Baby Size – 40″ x 48″

8 Assorted Fat Quarters

Quilt is arranged in a 3 x 5 grid with one extra flying geese block left over.

Queen Size – 80″ x 88″

28 Assorted Fat Quarters

Quilt is arranged in a 5 x 11 grid with one extra flying geese block left over.

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Divide your fat quarters in half. One half will be used as the large triangle (geese) and the other half will be used as the smaller corner triangles (sky).

From the large triangle (geese) pile, cut a single large square measuring 17-1/4″ x 17-1/4″. (For this step, I layered a few fat quarters and cut the squares all at once.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

From the smaller corner triangle (sky) pile, cut four squares -from each fat quarter!- measuring 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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No-Waste Flying Geese Method

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

  • 1 large square
  • 4 smaller squares

Each construction block will yield FOUR flying geese units. Baby Size = 16 geese units. Queen Size = 56 geese units.

Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each smaller square using a non-permanent fabric pen. (The red line is digitally added for better visibility. The pen really does mark blue and wash out easily.)

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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.

Notice the cut edges meet at the outer corners.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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 from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Cut the two halves apart with a rotary cutter.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method
Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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 from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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

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

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Each geese unit is 16-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Pretty big, right? Ok, it isn’t as big as the Layer Cake Flying Geese blocks, but if you have fat quarters on hand, it is a great way to go.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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

Arrange Blocks

In the Layer Cake Flying Geese blocksI stitched the geese units into pairs. Having a big square block made the mixed-up design easy to arrange. For this smaller baby quilt, I needed to sew the blocks one-at-a-time and set them in a traditional manner.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

One column pointing up, one pointing down, one pointing up. Once the color placement is decided, stitch blocks matching right sides and using a 1/4″ seam allowance. (Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide is shown below.)

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Stitch columns.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Join columns to form the quilt top.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

Longarm Quilting

Though this quilt is only 40″ x  48″ and could be managed easily under the domestic sewing machine, I decided to push myself to to work with longarm quilting rulers.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

I’m not totally committed to rulers quite yet. I decided to add an arc in across each large geese block and then surround it with free motion quilted feathers.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

In the sky or corner triangles, I made up a little free motion quilting shape there, too.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

All in all, it went along pretty quickly. I’m LOVING how the back turned out. You can really see the quilting in the flannel light blue.

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

This little guy is heading to the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild‘s charity efforts. All it needs is binding!

Giant Flying Geese from Fat Quarters | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | No Waste Flying Geese Method

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    5 Comments

  1. Great tutorial and so inspirational! Thanks!!

    Pati Akers

    March 1, 2016

    • Gorgeous work, Jen!

      Judith Bell

      March 10, 2016

  2. Love this pattern and thank you for sharing all the precut ways to make this! Like the feather quilting.

    Elyse B

    March 1, 2016

  3. Dear Reanna, I like very much your fantastic geeses and them colours. Thank you very much for the tutorial!
    Have a nice day!
    Marianne

    marianne

    March 1, 2016

  4. Would love to do this with the layer cakes (my favorite pre-cut). How many for a king? My math sucks but u look smart!

    Sheri Ketarkus

    September 16, 2016

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