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.

Springtime

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Springtime quilt block is a nine patch block using four shapes or patches-- the square, rectangle, half square triangle, and (my favourite) the flying geese patch. So, all in all, this quilt block is a wonderful choice for honing your skills.

With a name like Springtime I had to go with fresh and uplifting colours -- just what is needed at this time of year (I am writing this in the final days of winter).

The sample quilts illustrated give you ideas for laying out your quilt blocks. One quilt features a straight set of the blocks, with sashing, while the other sample uses an on point setting with additional squares to showcase your quilting skills.