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 Jawhawks quilt block is a new one to me ... well at least the name. The patches used in this block are easy to create and therefore this block is a good choice for a beginner quilter.

The nine patch block uses the half square triangle patch for each corner. Flying geese patches are also featured, and if you are a steady reader of this website, you will know that flying geese are my favourite patches. (I have no idea why that is, but I just like to work with them.)

The sample quilts illustrated appear to be similar, but one quilt has the blocks set side by side with sashing strips in between and the second quilt features blocks set on point. Any way you choose to lay out the blocks in your quilt will produce a pleasing and unique end product. That is what makes quilting such a fun and creative activity -- rarely do two quilts using the same blocks look the same!