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.

Firewheel

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The quilt block name of Firewheel suggested an image of a great burst of fire in the night sky. So accordingly, I chose colours to reflect that in my version of this quilt block.

This eight patch block is comprised of a variety of familiar shapes in quiltmaking -- squares, rectangles, half square triangles and flying geese patches. There is nothing difficult to sew, but care must be taken to achieve an accurate quarter inch seam allowance, due to the number of pieces in the block.

The sample quilts illustrated both use an on point setting of the quilt blocks, but offer up very different looking quilts. Simple placement and imagination are all the tools needed to make your own striking quilt.