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How to Make Flying Geese with an AccuQuilt Qube

Are you wondering how to make a Flying Geese Quilt Block using an AccuQuilt Qube? As an experienced AccuQuilt quilter, there are few quilt blocks I enjoy making with my AccuQuilt more than Flying Geese quilt blocks!

In this article I will show you just how versatile Flying Geese quilt blocks are, and how to get them pretty nearly perfect without even trimming them! I’ll use the Qubes for the AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine to make a wide variety of sizes of the classic Flying Geese quilt block. The are a few techniques to make Flying Geese without using a fabric cutting machine, but using my AccuQuilt has cut the time involved drastically and I am so thrilled with the results! If you do not have an AccuQuilt, definitely check out this post for 4-at-a-time Flying Geese.

Watch this video to see Flying Geese using AccuQuilt Qubes in action:

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AccuQuilt Mix and Match Qubes

What is the AccuQuilt Qube?

Before we dive too far into this Flying Geese tutorial, let me back up and explain more about the AccuQuilt GO! Qube. AccuQuilt created these unique sets of dies specifically for quilters who use the same traditional shapes over and over again in a wide variety of different quilt blocks.

The Mix and Match Qubes each contain eight dies – a mix of triangles, squares, and rectangles all designed to come together to make hundreds of different quilt block designs. It’s a really neat concept once you get a basic understanding of how the shapes all work together.

You can learn more about AccuQuilt Qubes on their website here.

Why use the AccuQuilt Qube for Flying Geese?

While AccuQuilt does make dies specific for Flying Geese, I personally recommend investing in the Qube die sets for their superior flexibility with other shapes and quilt blocks.

If you are interested in specific Flying Geese dies, here are a few:

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For this tutorial, I’ll be showcasing using an AccuQuilt Qube, which are sets of dies that make literally hundreds of different quilt blocks. The versatility is unparalleled!

Flying geese quilt blocks with accuquilt qube mix and match dies

What size Flying Geese will each Qube Make?

The Flying Geese units are just a unit used within each of the blocks that the Qube will make, so the sizes might be a little bit confusing. I hope this chart helps clarify for you! I list out the FINISHED Flying Geese size, so add an extra 1/2″ for the unfinished sizes.

  • 1″ x 2″ Finished Flying Geese = 4″ Block Qube
  • 1.25″ x 2.5″ Finished Flying Geese = 5″ Block Qube
  • 1.5″ x 3″ Finished Flying Geese = 6″ Block Qube
  • 2″ x 4″ Finished Flying Geese = 8″ Block Qube
  • 2.25″ x 4.5″ Finished Flying Geese = 9″ Block Qube
  • 2.5″ x 5″ Finished Flying Geese = 10″ Block Qube
  • 3″ x 6″ Finished Flying Geese = 12″ Block Qube
Which size Qube for Flying Geese Quilt Blocks

You can find links to all the different sizes of Qubes here:

Learn how to use an AccuQuilt Go Qube to make Flying Geese

Which AccuQuilt Dies to use for Flying Geese?

Now that we’ve covered all the various sizes of Flying Geese that can be made with a Mix and Match Qube, which dies do you actually need to use? Regardless of the size, you will need to use dies number 4 and 5 from the set.

Die number 4 is the Quarter Square Triangle (QST) shape, which is the large center triangle of the flying geese block. Die number 5 is a Half Square Triangle shape (HST) used for the outer triangles of the block.

Note: the size of your Qube will impact the number of HSTs you can cut with die number 5. Notice how on the 10″ Qube image below there are two HSTs and on the 5″ Qube image there are eight triangles.

Cutting for Flying Geese

If the number 5 die in your set has 2 triangles on it, you will need to cut 4 layers of die number 5 for every 1 layer of die number 4. This combination of 8 HSTs and 4 QSTs will yield 4 Flying Geese Quilt Blocks.

AccuQuilt Go! Qube makes Flying Geese Quilt Blocks

Tips and Tricks for using AccuQuilt for Flying Geese

The tips and tricks I share below are divided into three stage categories: cutting out the fabrics using AccuQuilt, sewing together the fabric pieces, and finally, pressing the Flying Geese as quilt blocks.

Tips for Cutting with AccuQuilt

First off, I like to iron and starch my fabric with Best Press or Magic Spray to make them flat and crisp before beginning to cut. I find that the starch helps the fabrics to not stretch later when sewing on the bias.

When cutting, make sure your fabric is on grain with the edges of the shapes, not with the edges of the dies. This means your fabric will be placed slanted on the die in order to line up the edges of the fabric parallel to the blades themselves. I like to make my “rough cuts” about a 1/2″ wider than the die shape itself so I have a little wiggle room for error while not wasting much fabric. Make sure to watch the corresponding video tutorial for a visual representation.

cutting tips for accuquilt

Tips for Sewing Together Flying Geese

While AccuQuilt takes away any cutting errors that may occur, it does not alleviate any sewing errors. This means that sewing with accuracy is incredibly important if you’re like me and don’t plan on squaring them up later on down the road. I personally LOVE not having to trim any quilt blocks!

Leaders and Enders

It is helpful to use a “Leader” anytime while working with small patchwork pieces, and incredibly important when working with these triangle shapes. A leader is simply a scrap of fabric that you run through the machine prior to sewing your triangles together. Do not snip the thread until after the pieces are sewn in a chain. You’ll end up with a long chain of pieces. Feeding the piece of fabric “leader” through your machine before the triangles helps keep the machine from eating your tiny corner and increases accuracy.

sewing tips for accuquilt

Straight Stitch Needle Plate

Another handy way you can help prevent your sewing machine from “eating” the tips of your triangle fabric is to use a Straight Stitch plate on your machine (if your machine has one). The smaller hole on the straight stitch hole makes it a little harder for the tips of your fabric to get pulled down into it.

If your fabric does get pulled down into the machine and won’t progress forward, you’ll want to stop sewing as soon as you notice a problem and gently take those stitches out. Then start again from the other end of your fabric (after using a leader first). Starting from the other side helps with any distortion or stretching that might have happened while taking out the previous stitches.

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1/4″ Sewing Machine Foot

Another way to increase accuracy when sewing Flying Geese quilt blocks is to use a 1/4″ foot with a guide. If your sewing machine did not come with a guide, see if your local dealer has one or if you can find a universal one to fit your machine like this one.

Use a Sharp Sewing Needle

Anytime you are sewing, you’ll want to make sure your sewing machine needle is sharp and the right size for your fabric. When sewing regular quilting cotton I choose to use a size 80/12 like these.

Tips for sewing flying geese quilt blocks using accuquilt

Tips for Pressing Your Flying Geese Quilt Blocks

When pressing or ironing patchwork pieces, the first step I recommend is to “set your seam”. Setting the seam means that you simply press it flat before opening up the pieces. Next, gently open the fabric and press the seam open (or to the side) with your fingers, careful not to stretch the fabric. Press with a hot iron to make it crisp.

Note: I personally recommend pressing seams open while making Flying Geese for more precise points and finished sizes.

Once both sides are sewn onto your Flying Geese quilt blocks, and they are pressed flat they should be pretty darn close to perfect. You have the option now to trim them to get them exact, or if you hate trimming, you can be like me and forgo that step altogether!

I find that if you invest more time ensuring accurate piecing while sewing you can save a lot of time by not needing to trim, but of course it’s a personal decision and you can do whatever feels the best for you.

Simple Flying Geese quilt block using AccuQuilt and eight flying geese

My Favorite Flying Geese Quilt Patterns

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