Those flying geese – doing the math

I’ve been thinking more about the one seam flying geese and I believe I have the math figured out.  In their example they used 3 inch squares and a 3 x 5.5 square for the folded geese.  I believe the formula is this:

  1. Calculate the finished size of the finished flying geese you want (this example 2.5 high x 5 wide) Remember flying geese are always a 2:1 ratio–twice as wide as they are high.  Finished means finished block size in the quilt.
  2. Add 1/2 inch seam allowance.  The size you will make in this example is 3 high x 5.5 wide
  3. Cut the squares using the unfinished height measurement.  In this example 3 inches
  4. Cut the “geese” using the unfinished block measurement. In this example is 3 high x 5.5 wide

So for example, you want a 2 x 4 flying geese, you would cut 2 – 2 inch squares of the background, and a 2 x 4 rectangle for the “geese”.  ***Please see the comments for a discussion of finished vs. unfinished.

Of course, my favorite way to do flying geese is to sew a square over the corners and flip them.  Wastes some material, but if you draw a line on the back of the squares, it is pretty accurate.

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2 thoughts on “Those flying geese – doing the math

    • Well Sheila,
      Although it’s hard to remember what I was thinking when I posted it, I believe we’re both right.

      I believe I was thinking of a 2 x 4 flying geese, unfinished, as they did in their demonstration.

      But if you wanted a 2.5 x 4.5 flying geese, unfinished, that finishes in the quilt at 2 x4, then you would be correct.

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