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.

Maple Leaf

Free Quilt Block Pattern

This Maple Leaf quilt block is for those quilters who do not mind creating a patch by using a template to cut a few of the pieces. There is nothing difficult about that, but it allows for making a quilt block that you might feel is a little more interesting than the standard Maple Leaf block. The latter is a good choice for a beginner quilter.

Having said all that, I really liked how this block turned out, and by throwing in an extra colour choice, the final sample quilts illustrated have a little more "pizzazz" (in my opinion). You can come up with all sorts of interesting quilt layouts by simply rotating the blocks in different locations in your quilt.

Another choice you might make is to use a variety of colours in the "leaf", such as those we see on the changing leaves in the fall season for some really interesting quilt blocks.

See also - (another) Maple Leaf quilt block