6 block so far in our quilt sampler. It’s starting to look gorgeous. (Free block patterns at end of article) Janeen van Niekerk will teach us how to make a flying geese block ~ #7 ~ today. It has a real modern feel to it. As Janeen will point out, with some minor modification (letting the geese fly in the same way), you can create a chevron block for allover chevron quilt. To me, this is where the real power of this free online quilting workshop series for beginners lies: in the learning of the basic quilting techniques and patterns, so you can fantasize and design your own.
Quilting Tips for Beginners
Sampler Quilt Workshops Series, Week 7
Flying Geese Block
There are so many variations on the Flying Geese block. This makes a great block for a beginner as well as anyone looking for an easy chevron block without having to make half square triangles.
The Plan (Photo Plan)
Here you can see clearly there are two segments that are exactly the same only facing in the opposite direction. There are A triangles which are smaller and B triangles in the middle which are bigger. From Photo A you can see that I chose to make my middles all in white to match the rest of my blocks and then have 4 other color blocks. You can mix your colors up here just as you like. The “geese” are essentially the middle blocks which are flying behind each other.
The chevron can also be clearly seen. It is just a matter of where you place which fabric.
Cutting Your Quilt Fabric for the Flying Geese Block
We will need 8 rectangles measuring 5.5” x 3” (14 x 7.6 cm).
There are 4 other colors used.
We will need from each color 4 squares measuring 3 x 3” (7.6 cm).
Sewing The Top Section
Draw a diagonal line through one square and place it right sides facing onto the rectangle (Photo 2).
Sew onto the drawn line (Photo 3).
Cut off the excess fabric and remember to have a ¼” seam (Photo 4).
Open up the seam.
Mark another square and place onto the opposite corner of the rectangle (Photo 5).
Sew onto the drawn line, cut off the excess (Photo 6).
Press open. (Photo 7)
Now place another rectangle on top of the first section and sew down using a ¼” seam. (Photo 8)
Press open the white fabric and then repeat the whole process of drawing your line on a colored square and sewing it down, cut off the excess fabric, press open. Other corner same thing. (Photo 9)
Soon you will have completed 4 of the flying geese sections.
The Bottom Section
For the Bottom Section you will do the exact same. The colors you started with in the first section are the same as the bottom section.
Once you have completed both top and bottom sections you will place them side by side. From the Plan you will notice that one section goes left and one to the right.
Sew the two sections together taking care to line up the joins.
This is our Week 7 Flying Geese block – measuring 10.5” unfinished. (Photo 11)
Only 2 blocks to go….
Till next week!
Janeen van Niekerk
Janeen van Niekerk, Quilting Instructor
Quilt Art Design
About Quilting Instructor Janeen van Niekerk
…. and her unique quilting and paper piecing patterns
Quilt artist Janeen van Niekerk is an avid quilter. In particular, she’s an accomplished paper piecing designer. She does it all with a passion. Our latest news of quilt making instructor Janeen van Niekerk is that she has just launched a brand new paper piecing magazine.
Janeen’s prolific range of hand-made quilts (she takes commissions for personalized, stylish portrait quilts), as well as her unique quilt patterns (think quilts featuring safari animals and trees, or kids toys) are inspired by her environs; she lives in sunny Pretoria in South Africa, with her husband and kids.
To her friends and quilting students, Janeen recommends a simple Janome Sewing Machine. For example, the Janome 8077 is a great buy !
Janeen offers her quilts designs & paper piecing patterns for individual sale Out of Janeen’s 230+ quilt patterns for sale. All really beautiful.
How to Sew a Quilt – Quilting Workshops for Beginners
Want to begin sewing quilts with me? Join our free online quilting workshops, which you can take at your leisure, any time you want. Work at your own pace.
Free Quilting Patterns & Tutorials & Classes in this quilting course:
- Class #1: Fussy cutting ~ How to Make a Quilt: Free Quilting Beginners Class.
- Class #2: Quilting Tools – What you’ll need as a beginner.
- Class #3 : How to Choose & Work with Quilting Fabric.
- Class #4: How to Read & Work with a Quilt Pattern.
- Class #5: Creating a Finished Quilt Block .
- Class #6: How to Make Quilt Rows – from finished blocks.
- Class #7: How to add Borders to your quilt.
- Class #8 : How to finish a quilt: add backing, batting and how to bind a quilt.
- Class #9 : How to Make Quilt Blocks more Exciting.
- Class #10 : How to Make a Modern Lap Quilt.
- Class #11 : How to Make a Modern Lap Quilt, the next steps.
- Class #12: How to finish a Quilt :: Modern Lap Quilt.
- Class #13/14: Quilting Glossary with Quilt Sewing Terms for Beginners
- Class #15: Half Square Triangles Quilting Techniques – part 1
- Class #16: Half Square Triangles Quilting Techniques – part 2
- Class #17: Half Square Triangles Quilt Wall Art Project – part 3
- Class #18: Free Sampler Quilt Workshop – intro
- Class #19: First Bock in the Sampler: Striped Frame Quilt Block – block #1
- Class #20: How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block – block #2
- Class #21: Greek Square Quilt Block Pattern & Workshop – Free – #3
- Class #22: Free Quilt Workshop + Hour Glass Block – Free Pattern #4
- Class #23: Whirlpool Block Pattern – block #5 in sampler
- Class #24: Domino Block Pattern – block #6 in sampler
- Class #25: Flying Geese Block Pattern – block #7 in sampler
Or, … continue your journey with Quilting patterns, tutorials and ideas featured here at FineCraftGuild.com (beyond Janeen’s quilting course).