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 Lucky Clover quilt block is a simple block to make and is a wonderful choice for those who might be examining their Irish roots. Squares, rectangles and a few flying geese patches are all that goes into creating this block. What will make it truly special is how you lay out your colours. I chose the obvious greens, but don't let the name of this block hold you back from letting your creativity go wild.
Both of the sample quilts illustrated set the quilt blocks on point. The quilt on the left uses additional half blocks and sashing, which (to me) gives a look of "plaid". The quilt on the right uses less quilt blocks, but adds additional interest by changing up colours of the extra large triangles and also adding sashing between the blocks.
More "Irish" Quilt Blocks
~ Danny Boy
~ Irish Puzzle