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.

Nine Patch Album

Free Quilt Block Pattern

Colour placement in this Nine Patch Album quilt block is what makes this stand out from the crowd. The small nine patch resides in the centre of the block while it is framed by half square triangles and flying geese units to complete the large nine patch. This is a fun and easy block to add to your collection.

The sample quilts shown both use sashing between the blocks, but since the sashing strips are the same colour as the background fabric, they seem to disappear. However, the little gold "cornerstones" in the sashing, show up as individual accents for the quilts.