Sew Flying Geese blocks to make a soothing quilt using an assortment of blue and green batiks. Fabrics are Ceylon, Key Lime, and Chamomile fat-quarter bundles from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Materials

Inspired by Flight of Geese from designer Vickie Eapen
Quilt tester: Jan Ragaller

6-1/3 yards total assorted green, blue, and chartreuse batiks (blocks, setting rectangles, binding) (The featured quilt uses 10 green batiks, 11 blue batiks, and 9 chartreuse batiks)
3-7/8 yards backing fabric
69" square batting

Finished quilt: 60-1/2" square
Finished block: 6-1/2x3-1/2"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted green batiks, cut:
100-3-1/2x6-1/2" setting rectangles

From remaining green batiks and assorted blue and chartreuse batiks, cut:
13-2-1/2x20" binding strips
100-3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles
200-3-1/2" squares (100 sets of 2 matching squares)

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Assemble Blocks

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each 3-1/2" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2. For one Flying Geese block you will need two matching 3-1/2" squares and one contrasting print 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle.

3. Align a marked square with one end of 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle (Block Assembly Diagram; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line, then trim excess, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle, pressing seam toward triangle.

4. In same manner, add matching marked square to opposite end of rectangle (Block Assembly Diagram; again note direction of drawn line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese block. The block should be 6-1/2x3-1/2" including seam allowances.

5. Repeat steps 2–4 to make 100 Flying Geese blocks total.

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Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram for placement, lay out Flying Geese blocks and remaining 3-1/2x6-1/2" setting rectangles in 20 rows.

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

3. Join rows to complete quilt top. Press seams in one direction.

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Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired.

3. Sew together assorted batik 2-1/2x20" binding strips to make a pieced binding strip. Bind with pieced binding strip.

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