3D Flying Geese Quilt Block

Technique #4

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Learn to make a 3D Flying Geese quilt block out of a rectangle and two squares.

No lines to mark.

No sub-cutting.

Perfect points every time.

And just one seam!

This method is for traditionally sized Flying Geese units that finish twice as wide as they are tall.

3D Flying Geese quilt block


  • Accurate and fast.
  • No points to trim.
  • No markings to make or paper to remove.
  • Adds dimensional interest to your quilt projects.
  • No bias edges to sew


  • You may want/need to tack down the 3D part.
  • They're additive and Oh! So Simple!

The Technique

The Formula

Geese fabric: Cut a rectangle equal to the finished size plus 1/2" for both the length and width.

Sky fabric: Cut two squares equal to the short side of the cut geese rectangle above.

REMEMBER to download our free Cutting Chart below with dimensions for other common sizes.

Just look for the 'Stamp Out Math' button below in the 'Download' section!

Step 1

For our 3D flying geese quilt block that finishes 2-1/2" high by 5" wide, cut:

  • A rectangle equal to (2-1/2" + 1/2") by (5" + 1/2") or 3" by 5-1/2", and...
  • Two 3" squares
Cut two squares and one rectangle for this Flying GeeseThe green is the sky fabric; the red print is the goose fabric.

Step 2

Fold the rectangle in half, wrong sides together. A finger press is good enough. You don't need to create a crease mark only to remove it later.

I used a print so that you can clearly see that the pretty side is on the outside.

Fold the red geese fabric in halfThe folded rectangle now measures 2-3/4" x 3"

Step 3

Layer the pieces together in the orientation that they'll be fed through the sewing machine.

Lay out a sky square, right side up.

Lay the folded rectangle on top, align the short edges of the rectangle with the bottom of the square. (Note this folded rectangle is 1/4" shorter than the sky square.)

Align the raw edgesAlign the raw edges with the fold perpendicular to the stitching line

Step 4

With right sides together, layer the final sky square on top, matching all edges with the first square.

All layers are pinnedI pin to prevent any slippage

The fold must be a quarter inch in from the edge.

The folded edge is a quarter from the cut edge

Step 5

Stitch a scant quarter inch along the side that intersects the fold of the geese fabric.

Step 6

To avoid pressing a hard crease into the geese fabric, don't press the whole unit. Just press along the line of stitching to set the sea.

Open the top square and finger press the seam allowance to one side.

Fingerpress open the seam allowanceFingerpress the seam allowance to one side

Step 7

Open the 'goose' rectangle and match the long edge to the long bottom edge of the sewn squares. Finger press the 'goose' into place. When you are satisfied, then press the whole unit with your iron.

Press open the geese fabricPress open the geese fabric, the black arrows show where the previously folded edge is now.

The bottom edge of the goose should be aligned with the lower edge of the sky squares. The geese side points should bisect the sky square corners.

Use your ruler to confirm that the unit is the correct size and that the point of the 'goose' is 1/4" away from the edge.

Finished 3D Flying Geese quilt blockFinished!

You may want to machine baste along the bottom of this unit to hold the 'goose' neatly in place until you use the unit.

Your 3D flying geese quilt block is finished.

Download Cutting Chart

3D Flying Geese cutting chart download

As you saw above, the calculation is pretty straight forward for this unit—no wonky math—but it's still nice to have the calculations made for you and I've done just that.

To download your copy of the chart, just click on the 'Stamp Out Math' button to the right.

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