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.

Padre Island Star

Free Quilt Block Pattern

I have to admit that I had never heard of the Padre Island Star block but I liked it right away. I also knew that it looked familiar. Upon further investigation, I noticed that two other blocks are made of exactly the same patches, but by colour changes and placement, you get entirely different looks. I have linked to both of these blocks below, so you can see for yourself.

This is an easy block and therefore a good choice for a beginner quilter. Simple patches made of "checkerboards" (a very common unit made by placing four small squares together), are present in each of the corners, and my favourite patch -- flying geese -- make up this very versatile block.

Setting your quilt on point is how the two sample quilts illustrated are laid out. What interesting quilt setting can you create?

See also
~ Maple Star
~ Lucky Clover