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 Square

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Nine Patch Square quilt block is a simple block to construct but can be very dramatic depending on the colour choices made.

Squares, half square triangles and flying geese units are the chosen patches to construct this easy quilt block.

As illustrated in the sample quilt drawings, whether you choose a light or dark fabric for the background can achieve a subtle or vibrant look. It is all in your hands.

Related: Nine Patch Square - Variation