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Two Ways to Quilt a Quilt with Flying Geese

See how to quilt an echo and a curved design on a quilt with Flying Geese blocks. Our step-by-steps make it easy to recreate this quilting with your home machine.


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Option #1: Straight-Line Quilting Design

Quilting 1⁄4" away from the seam lines echoes the lines created by the fabric pieces and seams. Continuing to stitch into an adjacent Flying Geese block without cutting threads allows you to sew more quickly.


Mark Quilt Top

Using a water-soluble marker or chalk and an acrylic ruler, mark lines in each triangle 1⁄4" inside seam lines. (Marked lines give you confidence as you begin to stitch.) Flying Geese blocks are shown, pointing in alternate directions. You can use the same stitching paths for an entire quilt top assembled from Flying Geese blocks.


Assemble Quilt Layers

Prepare the quilt sandwich (marked quilt top, batting, and backing).


Set up Machine

Remove presser foot and install a walking foot. Add a new machine needle, and thread the machine and bobbin with 50-weight, 100% cotton thread. Use a quilt-sandwich swatch to test thread/needle/tension combination and stitch length.


Begin Quilting

Machine-quilter Trina Kirkvold likes to stitch as much as possible without cutting threads. For this design she quilted outside the 1⁄4" mark in the larger triangles and into the seam lines to connect to the next section to be quilted.


1. Begin stitching at top corner of upper left-hand light blue triangle of quilt top. Follow the red arrows and lines in each step.

2. Stitch along the horizontal marked line, pivoting as shown to stitch the diagonal line of light blue triangle (Diagram 1). Trim threads.

3. Move needle to bottom right corner of dark blue large triangle. Referring to Diagram 2, stitch the horizontal line first, then each diagonal line.

4. Referring to Diagram 3 and without cutting threads, stitch into the seam. Rotate quilt sandwich, sew along seam, and follow marked lines to stitch an elongated diamond in the
light blue triangles.

5. Repeat established stitching pattern in remaining triangles, starting at upper left-hand corner of adjacent dark blue triangle, to complete straight-line quilting design (Diagram 4). Baste all remaining unstitched edges.

Next page: Option #2 Quilting Design