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.

Princess Charlotte

Free Quilt Block Pattern

I don't know if this is a quilt block that has been around for a while or it was created for the newest royal baby -- Princess Charlotte. I know I had never seen it before.

I like this nine patch block for its possibilities when you arrange it in your quilt, and also because it is an easy quilt block to sew. It contains easy shapes to work with and the two most common patches used in quilts -- the half square triangle and one of my favourites, the flying geese unit.

The sample quilts illustrated are quite different in how they present themselves, and I was quite happy with the result.