Coming in for a landing in the next installment of our Block of the Month series is the Flying Geese pattern. Another traditional quilt pattern dating back to at least the early 1800’s, the Flying Geese pattern consists of a three triangles, one large and two smaller. While this seems pretty simple, it’s definitely a step-up in terms of skill for quilters. It will give you experience in matching and lining up points, and if you didn’t know what a dog ear was before this, you will now!
This quilt, created sometime between 1825-1850 by Rachel Burr Corwin, uses Flying Geese in the border around her central blocks. See the whole quilt at the National Museum of American History.
Flying Geese are used on their own in borders, or sewn together in different patterns to create blocks like The Dutchman’s Puzzle, Corn and Beans, and too many others to list here. It really is a versatile quilting block.
This quilt comes from the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project. It was made sometime between 1875-1900. To see this and more historical quilts using Flying Geese, please visit The Quilt Index.
Quilters, these geese may be wild, but practice these methods and you’ll tame them in no time.