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.
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Good Cheer quilt block would be considered a block at the intermediate level simply because of the number of pieces required for its creation. However, do not shy away from this block if you are a beginner quilter. There is nothing difficult to make -- you just need more time, patience and certainly accuracy.
The Good Cheer quilt block is comprised of flying geese, squares and rectangles -- all easy units to make.
These sample quilt layouts are wonderful examples of just how different a quilt made of a single, repeated block can be, depending on how the blocks are set.