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.

Checkerboard Star

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Checkerboard Star quilt block is a simple nine patch block comprised of simple patches -- the flying geese unit and squares.

As illustrated by the sample quilt layouts, an entirely different look can be achieved by setting the blocks on point or a straight set with the blocks side by side.

This quilt block shown, was made in a monochromatic style, but would be lovely as a scrap quilt too or by choosing two different colour families.