Free Tutorial - Make the "Flying Around" Quilt Block

Again this year, for the quilt guild I am apart of, I am providing instructions for how to make a different quilt block each month. For September, it is the "Flying Around" Quilt Block. This is a quick block and that is fun to put together! The free instructions for the block follow below.

 Flying Around Quilt Block

This block is pretty much just flying geese.

For a 12 inch finished block (12.5 inch unfinished), you will need to cut the following: 

Background (White)

(A)  1 of 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch square

(B)  16 of 3 x 3 inch squares 


4 Different Colors or Prints

(C)  1 each of a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch square



Create the flying geese units. I use the Four-In-One Flying Geese method.  Using the (C) and (B) pieces, lay two small squares on two diagonal corners of the large  square, right sides together.

Step one of making the flying geese

Draw a line, corner to corner, on the small squares, then stitch a scant 1/4" away from both sides of the line. 

Cut on the drawn line and press to the dark side. 

Next step in making the flying geese

Next, match another small square into the corner of the large triangle. 

Last step in making the Flying Geese for the Our Editor Quilt Block free tutorial

Draw a line from the corner to corner of the small square, as shown in the picture.  Stitch a scant 1/4" from the line.  Cut on the line and press to the dark side. 

Trim down to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". Make sure you stay 1/4" away from the top point of the flying geese so you don't loose your point when you sew it. 

Layout for Flying Around Block

Arrange the flying geese and the remaining square to match the layout. Sew sets of two flying geese together. Sew the blocks together into strips. I find it easiest to make a strip from the top sections, a strip for the middle section, and a strip for the bottom section. Press the seams on each strip in opposite directions. Then sew the strips together to create the final block. Press.

 Flying Around Quilt Block

 If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Check back each month for a new How-To of quilt blocks! To see the other blocks, just search my blog for Quilt Guild Block of the Month.

If you would like a PDF version of these instructions, please check out Group #4 of the How-To Block of the Month Downloads.

This is classic block that has been designed and created by many people. As I have mentioned before, these block designs come from the book 5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone. (c) 2003 but these instructions are written by me.) 

Have fun quilting!


  • Hi Wanda!
    This is apart of a sort-of block of the month I do. I haven’t put together the final quilt yet. But it will be fun to see when it is finally done!

    Becky Smith
  • Hi. What does the finished quilt look like?

    Wanda Robinson
  • Thank you great

    Giannoula Gray

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