Giant Fat Quarter Flying Geese – Queen Size
The Fat Quarter Flying Geese free quilt pattern/tutorial makes a queen size quilt using fat quarters. These traditional Flying Geese block units are HUGE! Get your fat quarter pieces out and pull 28 coordinating pieces. No more hoarding fat quarters with this easy, big ole’ design.
Fabrics Used in this Quilt
- 24-piece fat quarter bundle (Garnet, by Nancy Zieman)
- Plus 4 additional coordinating fat quarters
- 1 yard of brown for the 4″ border
- Additional fabric for the binding
Using the free pattern, I stitched 55 HUGE geese each measuring 16-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.
Note: If you happen to have a layer cake (10″ precut square pieces) rather than a fat quarter bundle, use this Giant Flying Geese with Layer Cakes pattern instead.
Sew the Quilt
The quilt is arranged in five columns, each with 11 rectangular blocks. The easiest way to create the top:
- Start with 56 geese.
- Set one random geese block aside. It will not be used at all.
- Choose five other geese blocks to set aside. These will be added to the quilt, one per column.
- Sew the remaining 50 geese units together into 25 pairs.
- Create five total columns featuring five pairs each. Rotate the blocks as you add them to the column.
- Add in that one remaining block anywhere within the column.
- Add a border if you like.
Yes, it is pretty random. I like that look. But, by sewing the geese in pairs first, you do have the option of making a traditional style quilt where the geese (large triangle) points all “fly” in one direction.
The quilt is framed in a 4″ brown border. I think it helps with the randomness.
The design is quilted focusing the geese (larger) and sky (smaller) triangles separately.
Without the borders, the quilt measures approximately 80″ x 88″. Turns out, that is really big for snapping a photo in the back yard.
Here it is on the fence…. oops- with wind. I’m sure there’s an actual “flying geese” joke here somewhere….
Ah, wait. Here we go. I love how this turned out and wouldn’t ya know, I have more fat quarters to create another quilt.