QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese Pinwheels

beam QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese Pinwheels

By Carolyn Beam, Quiltmaker Content Director

I’m excited to share April’s QM Bitty Block with you. I hope you’re having as much fun sewing these little treasures as I am. In case you’re new to Bitty Blocks, these little blocks are freebies presented the first Monday of each month on Quilty Pleasures. See earlier QM Bitty Blocks in case you missed them.

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April’s Bitty Block is a 4″ x 4″ block I call Flying Geese Pinwheel.

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April’s QM Bitty Block – Flying Geese Pinwheel

Printer-friendly pdf of the Flying Geese Pinwheel block.

For one block, you’ll need:

Background (white dot):
4 squares 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ (see first photo below)
4 rectangles 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (see second photo below)

Pinwheel (pink zigzag print):
1 square 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ (see first photo below)

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Pinwheel fabric and 4 small background squares

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Background rectangles

To make 4 Flying Geese, you’ll use the square of Pinwheel fabric and the 4 squares of background. Align 2 white squares on opposite corners of the Pinwheel square, right sides together, as shown below. Draw a diagonal line as shown and then stitch 1/4″ out from both sides of the lines.

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Align white squares on opposite corners of the Pinwheel square.

Cut apart on the marked line.

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Stitch 1/4″ on both sides of the line. Cut apart on the marked line.

With the small squares on top, open out the small squares and press the unit. On the remaining corner of each of these units, align a small square. Draw a line from corner to corner and sew 1/4″ out on both sides of the line. Cut on the marked lines, open the small squares and press.

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Align small squares on remaining corners, sew and cut apart.

Now you’ll have 4 Flying Geese. You can also watch this technique on Quiltmaker’s Block Network.

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Four Flying Geese

The next step is to sew a background rectangle to the top of each Flying Geese.

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Sew a background rectangle to the top of each Flying Geese.

Sew two of these units together for each block half, positioning them as shown below to form a pinwheel. Be sure to make all your pinwheels spin in the same direction.

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Two block halves

Sew the halves together to complete the block.

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Flying Geese Pinwheel

I like to press the final seam open.

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Press the final seam open.

Of course you can use any technique you like to make the Flying Geese. The Flying Geese should finish at 1″ x 2″ (1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ unfinished).

I had a lot of fun with the Flying Geese Pinwheel blocks!

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My Flying Geese Pinwheels

Paula showed off her Bitty Blocks wall in her office. I haven’t made as many blocks as she has (yet), but here’s my wall so far:

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Bitty Blocks on my wall

I stole (borrowed?) her idea to use clothespins to hang them. They really brighten up my office!

When you’ve made enough Flying Geese Pinwheel blocks, you’ll probably want to continue making Flying Geese because the quilt settings we shared last month use Flying Geese in some of the rows.

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Four Flying Geese

They’ll also keep you busy sewing until the next Bitty Block is available on May 4th!

Please email us photos of your own Bitty Blocks! Use editor@quiltmaker.com.

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If you like Flying Geese as much as we do, here are some products you might enjoy.

Flying Geese Master Class with Liz Porter

ED FLYGEES QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese Pinwheels

Blushing Geese Digital Pattern

DPQMP1502 QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese Pinwheels

Quilt in a Day Mini Geese Ruler Set

LQN2020 QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese Pinwheels

 

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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17 Responses to QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese Pinwheels

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  2. Yvonne says:

    Thank you SO much for the math for figuring HST.
    Am confused in re to the comment on the flying geese row. Did I miss something? Saw they were shown on all the layouts. Should we have already done them???? They don’t appear to be part of the 12 for the year. The diagrams are very small on my Kindle Fire (all I have at present) ….too small to count…help!”….am doing the 66″ x 75″ layout.
    It , also , says it takes 14 rows …do we repeat 2 rows and, if so, should they be 3″ or 4″ blocks?
    Thank you so much.

  3. Carolyn says:

    The block is 4 1/2″ unfinished (4″ finished).

  4. sylvia vest says:

    mine come out to be 4and 1/4– time comsuming but fun. thank you.

  5. j s says:

    are the measurements for finished blocks or do you want us to leave 1/4 in left on

  6. Elana Rita says:

    Great technique for the geese! Just hate these dog gone seams I pressed main one open.

  7. Carol says:

    The instructions are going to take a lot of paper to print out. Could they be condensed a bit? The previous blocks only took a couple pages. Thanks.

  8. Lora says:

    I love the Bitty Blocks! It’s wonderful to have the math/sizes for construction all figured out for the Bittys! And while I haven’t sewn any blocks yet, I’m going to enjoy using up many small bits of fabric once I get started on them.
    As an experienced quilter, I do not need such large photos to reference. For those of us who want to conserve ink and paper, could you possibly allow editing in the PDFs so we can shrink the photos before printing? I seem to remember being able to do so for the January and February blocks, but wasn’t able to for the March and April blocks. Thank You!

  9. Jamie says:

    This one looks hard! Those blocks are so tiny! Hopefully I can make em!

  10. Jeanette says:

    Thanks for the April blocks!!!! I’m really enjoying the blocks and am looking forward to having a finished quilt top by the end of the year! I am REALLY happy to be using up scraps too!!!!

  11. Donna says:

    I love the pinwheels. Do I use the same measurement as the pinwheel for the Flying Geese row?

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  13. Amber says:

    SQUEEEEEEAL!

  14. Mary says:

    Thank you. I cannot wait to make a block.

  15. Marla says:

    Thank you! I have been waiting for what seems like FOREVER for today!!! Too bad work and life will be in the way and there will be no sewing…{boooohoooo} .

  16. Emma Carpenter says:

    Thanks for the little prettys. Can’t wait to start. Have made all three previous blocks. Will probably make more and more and more. Love this quilt along. Also appreciate the great way of cutting the geese you told us about.

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