Make a Flying Geese Quilt Block

Technique #2: Connector (or Folded) Corners

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Learn how to make a Flying Geese quilt block and master the 'Connector' or 'Folded' corner technique.

With connector corners, instead of cutting triangles and sewing on exposed bias edges, squares are used instead.

Sew diagonally through the center of the patch, press and cut away the excess.

Flying Geese quilt block tutorials #2 of 6

The result is a 'faux half square triangle' shape—with no bias edges to stretch out of whack.

For these Flying Geese you'll cut one rectangle and TWO squares to get the job done.

The math is super easy because the construction is based on the finished measurements of a rectangle. (But just in case, I've provided a downloadable cutting chart to keep handy for easy reference.)


  • Self-checking because the 'geese' fabric is cut the actual size
  • No special tools to buy; no paper to remove
  • No bias edges to sew
  • Scrap friendly


  • Wastes some fabric
  • Not 'hand quilting friendly' because of the double layer of fabric in the upper corners

The Technique

This method makes one traditional Flying Geese block twice as wide as it is tall.

The Connector Corner Formula

Geese Fabric: Cut a rectangle equal to the finished width plus 1/2" by the finished height plus 1/2"

Sky Fabric: Cut two squares equal to the finished height plus 1/2"

REMEMBER to download our free Cutting Chart below with dimensions for other common sizes. Just look for our 'Stamp Out Math' button below in the 'Download' section!

In this example, we're making a flying geese quilt block that finishes at 2" x 4" or 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" unfinished.

Helpful Tip

Use the grain line to your advantage.

Cut the long edge of the geese patch parallel to the selvedge.

There's less chance of distorting the block as you press.

Step 1

Calculate the size of the patches to cut.

From the geese fabric, cut one 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle...

2 + 1/2" = 2-1/2" tall

4" + 1/2" = 4-1/2" wide

From the sky material cut two 2-1/2" squares...

2 + 1/2" = 2-1/2"

Cut patches for flying geese units made with connector corners

Step 2

Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of the two sky squares.

I've used a blue marker here so that you can see the line better. On my projects I like to use a mechanical pencil. The lead never dulls so the line stays nice and fine.

Draw diagonal stitching lines on the sky fabricDraw the diagonal stitching lines on the sky fabric with a pencil

Step 3

With right sides together (RST), align one square with one end of the rectangle. The drawn line should bisect the corner as shown below.

Stitch on the side of the drawn line that is opposite the goose.  This compensates for the 'turn of the cloth' as it is folded over onto itself in the next few steps.

Stitch on the lineThe arrow in the photo points out the scrap of fabric (aka 'spider') that I start sewing on first. This scrap helps prevent the sewing machine from 'eating' the point of the fabric as it feeds into the machine.

Step 4

Trim the square on the outside edge of the block to a quarter inch (to reduce bulk).

Trim the seam allowance to a quarter inchYou can use either your rotary cutter or a scissor to do the trimming.

Step 5

Press the unit flat to set the seam.

Press flat to set the seam

Then press the sky patch open towards the outside corner

Step 6

With RST, align the second sky patch with the opposite side of the geese rectangle. The drawn line bisects the corner on the same side of the block as in Step 3.

Sew on the side of the line opposite the goose. Again, this compensates for the 'turn of the cloth' as when you fold the sky fabric back upon itself.

Layer the second sky patch, right sides together

Step 7

Trim the patch to a quarter inch on the side of the stitching towards the outside corner.

Trim the second seam allowance to a quarter inchAgain, use either a scissor or rotary cutter to trim

Step 8

Press again—first flat to set the seam allowance.

Then press the unit open.

Press patch open towards the corner

Your flying geese unit should look like this.

The finished flying geese quilt block

The beauty of this technique is the original geese rectangle is the correct size for the unit after it is stitched. That doesn't change during the process.

If you turn your patch to the back side, you shouldn't see any of the sky showing around the edges.

Stitch on the lineThe back of the finished flying geese quilt block—nothing peeking out from the other side!

About that excess fabric...

If you're a hand quilter... won't care to repeatedly stitch through an extra layer of fabric. It's tiring.

After you trim your seam allowance and pressed the patch open in Steps 5&6 above, if the patch perfectly meets the edges of the geese rectangle, you CAN CHOOSE to trim BOTH fabrics to a quarter inch seam allowance.

Then after you've pressed the second sky patch and confirm that it, too, meets the edges, you can trim both to a quarter inch.

No more extra layer!

If you're machine quilting or having your quilt quilted by a longarmer, the extra bulk doesn't present much of a problem.

But if you love scrap quilting, you might want to...

Make bonus half square triangles

Instead of just trimming and discarding the excess fabric, you have another choice.

If your Flying Geese quilt block is large enough, sew a scant half inch away from the original sewing line, towards the sky part of the unit. (Scant half inch because you need enough for two seam allowances.)

With a scissor or rotary cutter, cut midway between the stitching lines to create a bonus half square triangle. Our 2"x4" finished Flying Geese quilt block provides two 1" finished HST units for very little extra work. The cutting chart that you can download indicates the largest bonus triangle you can get from a specific sized Flying Geese quilt block.

Store this HST bonanza in a separate box and trim as needed for upcoming projects!

Download and Print Cutting Chart

The formula for this Flying Geese quilt block is straight forward. But sometimes it's nice to have confirmation of the calculations that you've made.

To download and print our cutting chart for a variety of sizes, start by clicking the 'Stamp Out Math' button to the right. This brings up the PDF version of the page.

You'll need to have Adobe installed on your computer. If you don't have it, click here for the most current version of Adobe and install it on your computer. (This link opens in a new window.)

Click on the printer icon on your computer to print. Then just keep a copy by your sewing machine.

Easy Peasy!

What about a different quilt block?

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