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.

Indian Star

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Indian Star quilt block is made of simple, common quilt patches -- the square and the flying geese unit. You are limited only in your imagination for how your quilt will be designed using this block.

The sample quilts illustrated show a straight setting of the quilt block, with alternate blocks rotated by 90 degrees, resulting in a secondary pattern emerging. Secondly, by setting the blocks on point, you can achieve totally different results. Let the design process begin!