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 San Diego quilt block had me thinking of sand and surf, hence, my colour choices for this block. This eight patch block is a sort of two-parter, as the centre of the block is made with a small Sawtooth Star, and then completed with a variety of patches to stretch your learning experience with regard to the construction of this star block.
Sewing this quilt block in "chunks" makes it easier to construct and this pattern is designed to sew it as an uneven nine patch.
The two sample quilts illustrated are both made with blocks set on point, but as you can see, simple change-ups of the fabrics in the blank blocks give a totally different look to each of the quilts.