For a quick home décor project, use Flying Geese units to frame a fussy-cut large floral motif and assemble the unit into a pillow. Fabrics are from the Ruby collection from Timeless Treasures Fabrics.
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Inspired by Delightfully Frightful from designer Lisa Debee Schiller


Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke

  • 3⁄8 yard black print (Flying Geese units)
  • 3⁄8 yard total assorted prints in gold, red, and green (Flying Geese units)
  • 7⁄8 yard black floral (setting square, border, pillow back)
  • 3⁄8 yard gold large floral (pillow center)
  • 1⁄3 yard red print (pillow center, binding)
  • 20"-square pillow form

Finished pillow: 20" square

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Cut black floral rectangles with the 24-1⁄2" measurement parallel to the selvages.

From black print, cut:

  • 28--2-1⁄2" squares

From assorted prints, cut:

  • 14--2-1⁄2x4-1⁄2" rectangles

From black floral, cut:

  • 2--20-1⁄2x24-1⁄2" rectangles
  • 1--4-1⁄2" setting square
  • 2--1-1⁄2x20-1⁄2" border strips
  • 1--3x14-1⁄2" strip
  • 2--1-1⁄2x18-1⁄2" border strips

From gold large floral, cut:

  • 1--12x14-1⁄2" rectangle

From red print, cut:

  • 3--2-1⁄2x42" binding strips
  • 1--1⁄2x14-1⁄2" bias strip

Assemble Pieced Units

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each black print 2-1⁄2" square.

2. Align a marked black print square with one end of an assorted print 2-1⁄2x4-1⁄2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle. In same manner, add a second marked black print square to opposite end of rectangle to make a Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 4-1⁄2x2-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 14 Flying Geese units total.


Assemble Pillow

1. Referring to Diagram 2, join seven Flying Geese units in a row to make a Flying Geese strip; press seams in one direction. Repeat to make a second Flying Geese strip.


2. Referring to Pillow Top Assembly Diagram, sew together black floral 4-1⁄2" setting square, Flying Geese strips, gold large floral 12x14-1⁄2" rectangle, and black floral 3x14-1⁄2" strip in two vertical rows. Press seams toward Flying Geese strips. Stitch red print 1⁄2x14-1⁄2" bias cut strip over seam between gold large floral rectangle and black floral strip.


3. Join vertical rows to make pillow center. Press seam away from pillow center.

4. Add black floral 1-1⁄2x18-1⁄2" border strips to opposite edges of pillow center. Add black floral 1-1⁄2x20-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges to make pillow front. Press all seams toward border. The pillow front should be 20-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

5. With wrong side inside, fold each black floral 20-1⁄2x24-1⁄2" rectangle in half to make two 20-1⁄2x12-1⁄4" double-thick rectangles. Overlap folded edges by about 4" to make a 20-1/2″-square pillow back. Baste overlapped edges (Pillow Back Assembly Diagram).


6. With wrong sides together, layer pillow front and pillow back; pin. Baste all edges together through all layers.

7. Bind edges of pillow front and pillow back with red print binding strips to make pillow cover. Insert pillow form to complete pillow.