# Quick Piece Flying Geese

#### by Debby Kratovil

The **Flying Geese** unit is composed of three triangles which
together form a rectangle (see **Figure #1**). The **goose**
is usually an equilateral triangle. Its height is 1/2 the measurement
of its base/width. The **skies** are right triangles, with
their measurement that of the goose height. When you know the
**finished** measurements of this unit, you can piece it in
any size (see **Figure #2**) Flying Geese are a breeze to piece
with the following two simple formulas. Both the goose triangles
and the sky triangles are cut from squares.

For the **goose** triangle, cut a square of fabric that
measures 1-1/4" larger than the size of the finished base.
For example, for a finished width of 5 inches, I will cut a 5"
plus 1-1/4" square of geese fabric. Cut this square twice
diagonally (see **Figure #3**). This gives you 4 geese triangles.

For the **sky** triangles, cut a square 7/8" larger
than the size of the height of the unit (which is half the base/width).
Cut this square once on the diagonal (see **Figure #4**). You
have two sky triangles, enough for one unit.

What are those formulas again? The goose is cut from a square
that is 1-1/4" larger than the finished base of the Flying
Geese unit (which is cut into 4 equal sized triangles). The sky
is cut from a square that is 7/8" larger than the finished
height of the Flying Geese unit (which is cut into 2 equal sized
triangles). See the chart below for the formulas for some standard
sized Flying Geese units. And happy flying...I mean quilting!

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