Chevron Grande: A HUGE Flying Geese Tutorial
Chevron Grande Quilt Tutorial
A HUGE Flying Geese Project
Make this Chevron Grande Quilt using only nine pieces of fabric! My guess is you may already own nine pieces of fabric measuring 21″ x width of fabric. Using my HUGE Flying Geese measurements and construction methods, this large quilt, 72″ x 81″, stitches up so quickly. Grab your nine fabrics, and make it with me! Share yours using the hashtag #chevrongrande on Instagram.
- 21″ of nine different fabrics (for Chevron triangles) When I choose my fabrics, I made sure each piece related to the two pieces next to it. They don’t all match each other, they only match their immediate neighbors. Even then, heck, who cares if they don’t match.
- 20″ binding fabric
- Cut eight strips 2-1/2″ (OR 2-1/4″) wide from binding fabric. Use your preferred width. I cut 2-1/4″ binding strips.
From each of the nine pieces of fabric,
- Cut one 19-1/4″ square
- Cut four 10″ squares
Tip: When I cut my fabrics, I carefully laid out four fabric pieces in a stack and cut all four different color fabrics at once. Using a big cutting mat helped tremendously. I then stacked the remaining five pieces to cut those all at once, too. Super fast stuff.
Organize Your Cut Fabrics
The trickiest part of this pattern is arranging the fabrics. Keep these two details in mind:
- Each of the large 19-1/4″ squares will become the four large triangles of a row. They form the “goose” area of the block.
- The four 10″ matching the larger triangles must be stitched and added to the next row. They will form the “sky” area of the block.
Download this diagram to keep by your sewing station and mark which fabrics will be placed in which rows. It is a huge time saver for quilty-organization.
Using the diagram above, I grouped my fabrics and laid them out in small piles of five pieces, in the order they will be in rows on my quilt. (Note: The real life fabrics are different than the digital mock-up shown above.)
- Fabric 1 small squares stitches to Fabric 2 LARGE square
- Fabric 2 small Square stitches to Fabric 3 LARGE square
- Fabric 3 small Square stitches to Fabric 4 LARGE square
- Fabric 4 small Square stitches to Fabric 5 LARGE square
- Fabric 5 small Square stitches to Fabric 6 LARGE square
- Fabric 6 small Square stitches to Fabric 7 LARGE square
- Fabric 7 small Square stitches to Fabric 8 LARGE square
- Fabric 8 small Square stitches to Fabric 9 LARGE square
- Fabric 9 small Square stitches to Fabric 1 LARGE square
No-Waste Flying Geese Method of Construction
This method of piecing the traditional flying geese block can be found all over the internet. I simply super-sized it. Wait until you see how big our geese are. They will be 18-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ before they are stitched into the finished quilt design.
To keep the rows in order, I stitch using one, five-piece pile at a time.
- Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all four 10″ squares.
- Lay two squares on the 19-1/4″ larger square, matching right sides, to create a large diagonal line.
- Pin pieces together, perpendicular to the marked line.
- Sew 1/4″ from the marked line on the right and left sides.
- Cut along the marked line.
- Open the smaller triangles and press the seam allowances towards the smaller triangles. If you’ve created two slightly-weird heart shapes, you are on the right track.
- Lay the remaining 10″ squares on each of the larger triangle pieces; making sure the diagonal line points “deep in the heart.” Easy to remember, right?
- Sew 1/4″ from the right and left of the marked line.
- Cut along the marked line.
- Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.
- Each pile of five fabric pieces will yield four large flying geese blocks.
- You may opt to sew the four geese together into a row now, so they do not get mixed up later. OR: roll the dice, live on the edge, run with the bulls and leave them in a tidy stack to stitch later. You, my friend, are WILD & DANGEROUS!
- Repeat these steps with the remaining eight piles of fabric to create all 36 flying geese units.
Construct The Quilt
- If you have not already, stitch each of the-same-color-type flying geese to itself to form nine rows.
- Join the rows to create the quilt top. Make sure to pin at each intersection as the contrast in fabric colors will be noticeable if there’s a large shift in the seam at that point.
The quilt top is complete. Of course, if you’d like to make it larger, you may opt to frame the design by adding borders.
Next, create a quilt sandwich with backing, batting and the top and quilt as desired. Or, if you like, send the top to a longarm quilter. I’d be happy to finish your project. Read more about my longarm quilting services at ReannaLilyQuilts.com.
Finally, bind using the eight strips cut at the beginning of the project. Use your favorite binding method.