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 Old Fan quilt block is an interesting block for beginners and experienced quilters alike. It contains squares, half square triangles and flying geese units all in this one simple block. Two different sized pinwheels are the result of careful placement of colour. And, it is easily made in a variety of sizes to fit into your special quilt.
The sample quilt layouts show how different this simple block can look in a quilt. One setting shows the quilt blocks side by side, separated by sashing. The second illustration shows the blocks, in groups of four, set on point, but with an arrangement that allows for large corner triangles and blank blocks in the centre, for extra quilting to be displayed.