On my design wall today is a sample for the quilt I'm making for my grandson-to-be, who'll be here in just a few short months. My daughter Elaine and I shopped for the fabrics some weeks ago but until now I hadn't had a chance to work-up the size of the Flying Geese the design calls for. After looking up various ways to size and make flying geese, I decided to use the fast method that makes four geese at a time. Here's one source for that method http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf
After spending some time Saturday night doing quilt MATH, I was ready Sunday morning to cut, sew and press my geese. These will finish at 3x6".
Cutting one large square for four geese saves time right there. The four smaller squares form the "sky" triangles without having to cut triangles and without having to trim excess triangles off the finished geese.
The directions also suggested drawing stitching lines but I thought marking the center line only was fine, since my 1/4" foot is accurate.
The final two squares are applied the same way as the first two, by stitching on either side of the drawn line on the sky pieces. I made sure I pressed well and had 1/4" at the top of the geese for a nice point when joining.
Four geese lickety split without leaving a pile of cut off triangles or having to trim down the unit to size. I wouldn't call this perfect but for a sample mainly to test the desired finished size of the geese blocks, worked just fine.
I did find that hitting this valley on either side of the drawn line was important, since it is the top intersection of the two sky pieces once the unit is sliced along the drawn line.
Looking pretty good on this block.
See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times. http://www.patchworktimes.com/2013/11/18/design-wall-november-18-2013/