* Note: (1) Blocks are beginning blocks (2) Blocks are a little more challenging
Frugal Quilting Basics
The Center Square Geese Quilting Block
Here is another geese block that looks great in sampler quilts as well as all by itself. You can see from the picture at the bottom of the page that when used by itself, it makes some interesting secondary patterns.
This block would make a great scrappy quilt, with lots of colors and patterns.
As you can see from looking at the patches, this block is made from a center square, the square in a square technique (method #2) to surround the center square with triangles, flying geese units, quarter square (setting type) triangles on the edges, and half square triangles in the corners.
All these basics were illustrated on the beginning pages. Follow the links to review them.
Your biggest challenge is to make sure the flying geese fit the triangles around the center square. Your geese must always finish with the rectangle twice as long as it is wide.
Using Simple Measurements, make the center square 2 1/2 inches raw. To add the triangles around the square, you cut 2 squares at 2 7/8 inches raw, and cut them in half diagonally. After careful trimming, the square now measures 3 1/2 inches raw.
This means your flying geese unit must measure 3 1/2 inches wide raw. You know the finished size of the flying geese, to fit this block, must be 1 1/2 x 3 inches. So 3 1/2 inches raw is just right.
Calculate the size of the side quarter square setting triangles and corners on the diagonal setting instructional page.
Sew it all together, and you are done. You can use up a lot of scraps with this one.