Flannels from the Folk Tale Friends collection from Red Rooster Fabrics inspired this kid-friendly throw. It's simple to piece so makes a great baby shower or children's birthday gift. Add or delete Flying Geese units to make it the size you need.
Zigzag Baby Quilt
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Inspired by "Tranquil Waters" from designer Jenny McLean (AKA Tula Pink)

Quiltmaker: Laura Boehnke


  • 1/2 yard green (A) flannel (setting rectangles, Flying Geese units)
  • 5/8 yard each of orange print (B), pink polka dot (C), turquoise print (D), yellow polka dot (E), and red print (F) flannels (Flying Geese units)
  • 1/3 yard light green print (G) flannel (Flying Geese units)
  • 1/3 yard each of three novelty print (H, I, and K) and red-and-yellow stripe (L) flannels (setting rectangles)
  • 1-1/4 yards blue stripe (J) flannel (setting rectangles, border, binding)
  • 9x22" (fat eighth) piece tan novelty (M) flannel (setting rectangles)
  • 3-1/8 yards backing fabric
  • 56x65" square batting

Finished quilt: 49-1/2x58-1/2"

Finished block: 9x4-1/2"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabric.

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From flannel A, cut:

  • 6--5x9-1/2" rectangles
  • 4--5" squares

From each of flannels B–F, cut:

  • 5--5x9-1/2" rectangles
  • 10--5" squares

From flannel G, cut:

  • 2--5x9-1/2" rectangles
  • 6--5" squares

From each of flannels H, I, K, and L, cut:

  • 5--5x9-1/2" setting rectangles

From flannel J, cut:

  • 12--2-1/2x42" strips for border and binding
  • 5--5x9-1/2" setting rectangles

From flannel M, cut:

  • 2--5x9-1/2" setting rectangles

Assemble Flying Geese Units

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each 5" square.

2. Align a marked A print square with one end of B print 5x9-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of drawn line). Sew on marked line; trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle.


3. Align a second marked A print square with opposite end of Step 2 rectangle (Diagram 1; again note direction of marked line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make an A/B Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 9-1/2x5" including seam allowances.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make a second matching A/B Flying Geese unit.

5. Referring to Diagram 2 and using marked B print squares and A print 5x9-1/2" rectangles, repeat steps 2–4 to make three matching B/A Flying Geese units.


6. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram for fabric placement and steps 2–4, use remaining B through G flannel 5" squares and 5x9-1/2" rectangles to make the following Flying Geese units:

  • 2 B/C
  • 3 C/B
  • 2 C/D
  • 3 D/C
  • 2 D/E
  • 3 E/D
  • 2 E/F
  • 3 F/E
  • 2 F/G
  • 3 G/F

Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out Flying Geese units and remaining "5x9-1/2" rectangles in five vertical rows.

2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward rectangles.

3. Join rows to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 45-1/2x54-1/2" including seam allowances.

4. Cut and piece six blue stripe flannel 2-1/2x42" strips to make:

  • 2--2-1/2x54-1/2" border strips
  • 2--2-1/2x49-1/2" border strips

5. Sew long outer border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add short outer border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border.

Finish Quilt

1.  Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with remaining blue stripe 2-1/2x42" binding strips.