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How to make the Fox and Geese Quilt Block

Join me this year as I provide instructions for how to make a different quilt block each month. Eventually, all these blocks will turn into a great quilt! For the month of January, we are making the Fox and Geese Block.  

 Fox and Geese Quilt Block in blue, teal and white

I love the way this one turned out! It is so clean and fresh!

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

Center Square

     White - 1 of 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch square

Flying geese

     Blue - 4 of a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch square

     White - 16 of 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares 

Half square triangles

     Blue - 2 of 4 x 4 inch squares

     White - 2 of 4 x 4 inch squares

 Pieces cut out for the Fox and Geese Quilt Block

Sew

Create the flying geese units. I use the Four-In-One Flying Geese method. Lay two small white squares on two diagonal corners of the large square, right sides together.

 Lay two small squares on the large square so each is lined up diagonally in the corners.

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

Stitch a scant 1/4" away from both sides of the line. Then cut on the line.

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

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

Press open and match another square to the corner. and draw a line.

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 on both sides. 

Sew a 1/4 inch away on both sides of the line, then cut on the line - making flying geese.

Cut on the line and press to the dark side. 

Flying geese pressed open and not yet trimmed.

Trim down each flying geese unit to 3 1/2" x 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. 

Next, make the half square triangles.

On the back of the white squares, draw a diagonal line, corner to corner.  Pin the blue square to the white square, right sides together. 

Making half square triangles, two at a time, with white and blue fabric

Stitch on both sides of the drawn line, a scant 1/4 inch away. Cut on the drawn line, and press to the blue side.

Finished half square triangles in blue and white

Trim them to be 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches each. You should have four. 

Stitch together groups of four flying geese so all the points in the group are facing the same direction. 

Groups of four flying geese, all facing the same direction.

Then, layout the rest of the block and stitch it all together. Press. 

Finished Fox and Geese Quilt Block in white, blue, and teal.

If you have any questions or comments, 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.

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!


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