Three right angled triangles are all that is needed to create one of these Flying Geese units (or patches.) The largest triangle piece is considered to be the "geese" piece -- (why it is not called a "goose" piece is beyond me). The other two identical triangles are considered to be the "sky" pieces.

Flying geese units are probably the third most commonly used patches in quiltmaking -- following the square and the half square triangle.

Brighton Beach

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Brighton Beach quilt block is a five patch block (meaning it is created using a 5 x 5 grid). However, rather than sew the block in five rows of five, I prefer to construct is as an uneven nine patch as I find that an easier method.

This is am easy block and is a good choice for beginners. You will learn about making half square triangles and flying geese - two of the most commonly used patches in quilt making.

The sample quilts illustrated give you ideas of setting your quilt blocks side by side (which produces a subtle secondary pattern of pinwheels, or I have also chosen to set the blocks on point with sashing strips and blank blocks to showcase your quilting skills.