The Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt

flying geese log cabin

The Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt: An Easy Quilting Tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. MSQC’s Jenny Doan teaches us how to make a quick Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt using jelly rolls (2 1/2 inch strips of pre cut fabric).

Transcript (Downloadable PDF):

Hi, it’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’ve got a great project for you today. It’s 2 basic blocks. It’s a Log Cabin block and a Flying Geese. So, take a look at this quilt. I know these geese look like they’ve flown all the way to the Caribbean, but any fabric will work with this, and it just makes a beautiful quilt. So, what we’ve done is, we have a log cabin block here and on every corner we’ve snowballed it with a black 2 ½ inch square to make our geese. And these geese can go everywhere. I mean they’re just…it’s such a fun layout. This is only one of the many layouts that you can do with this quilt.

So this quilt measures 62”x76” when it’s all finished. And to make it, what you’re going to need is one packet of 2 ½ inch strips of fabric. This is Primo Batiks by Molly B Studio for Marcus Fabrics, and it’s just beautiful. Remember, any batik will work. And I love to see these quilts also made up in traditional fabrics. I mean, this is a great, great block. You’re also going to need a yard and a half of black fabric or your corner fabric. This is for your geese. So whatever color you choose, you’re going to need a yard and a half of that. And about a yard  and a quarter for your border. And you’ll just, you’ll be able to put this quilt together really fast. Such an easy block!

So let’s get started. The first thing you’re going to want to do is, you’re going to want to cut up some of that black fabric–about 12 strips, into 2 ½ pre-cut strips. And then sub-cut them into 2 ½ inch squares because then you’ll have your geese all ready to go and you’ll be able to do it. And then you’re just working on your log cabin block.

So, to make that block we’re going to go ahead and open this jelly roll. That’s the hard part. So we pull off the ribbon and the rubber band. Ahhh. Don’t you just feel like they kind of take a breath when you take them apart? Like, oh thank you! Alright, so what we’re going to now is we’re going to start with a half square triangle. And what I’m going to do is I’m going to take one of these blocks and I’m going to go ahead and center it up on the end of my strip, right here. And I’m going to sew it corner to corner. So, you can either draw the line or you can iron it. We’ll go ahead and iron it here. And then we’re going to set it right on here and we’re going to sew right on that line, right on that crease. And so let’s go to the sewing machine and do that.

This is, oh this is such a fun block. You guys are going to love this. It’s quick and easy, yet has a lot of pizazz to it. Alright. So now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our little piece here, we’re going to trim it off at the edge on both sides. And we’re going to, this will give us our little half square triangle we need to cut off one side, like this. And I just measure out about a quarter of an inch and then we’re going to press that open. So that makes our half square triangle.

Alright, so now we want to start adding our strips around. And this is the fun part. So you’re just going to go through your strip and you’re going to pick some contrasting colors. And I’m going to start with this pink. And when I put it on, this helps me to remember to always put it on the same side. I put my black to the top, right here. And I’m going to sew straight down that side. Ok, so let’s go do that. My black, er my little goose to the top. I guess he might not always be that color. Oops. There we go. Now we’re just going to trim him off and press him open.

So now what we’re going to do is we’re going to add a piece to the side. It’s going to look like that. So we want to lay, we’re going to sew with our color to the top so you’re going to do color to color. And we’re going to sew right down the side of that. And then, we’re going to trim that off. And each time you put two sides on, what you’re going to do, once we get it pressed out, you’re going to add a geese to the corner. So basically you’re snowballing the block. But, they look so much like flying geese that I’m calling them geese.

So now we have our little half, half first strip on our log cabin right here. And we’re going to add a block to the corner. And so I’m going to go ahead and press this so I have a sew line. Lay it up here right in your corner. And sew right on that line. And we’re adding our first little geese to our strips. I’m going to trim that off. And I just trim it about a quarter of an inch, iron it back, add my next color. And I think I’m going to go for something teal-y. And, again, when I go to put this on, I put my black square to the top, like this. My geese goes at the top, sew straight down the side, and we just trim it. And then we’re going to iron this open. And we’re ready to add our strip to the other side. You always add your strip to the side where your geese is. That will help you remember. I get a little angle-y challenged in my, my geese go flying everywhere. So I have to say that to myself everytime.

Alright. And this is one of those where you trim and press and trim and press. You know it’s one of those, so you might make a, make a little nest for yourself with an ironing board close by. And then you can sit because everytime. You know, we put our two rows on, we’ve got to put another geese in the corner. Right here, I’m ready to add another, one more geese out here. And you’re just going to add three of these rows. Once you have your center block, you’ll just add three.

So now, I keep looking at that beautiful purple strip, once I have this geese pressed, I think I’m going to add, take that purple strip and put it along the side. So again, I’m going to lay my strip down. And I’m going to put my, my, my geese right along there. Sew him right down. This is one of those where fairly straight seams matter, fairly good cutting matters. You want to be sure and try and keep it all lined up. And I left a little tag out here because I had a fold I didn’t want to sew over that. And I have some thread on here I’m going to get off. Trim this off of there. And I’m going to iron that side back. Let me trim that little thread. There we go. We’re going to iron this back. And we’re going to add our other side right here. So I always just kind of lay it on there to make sure I’m going the right direction. Put it on there. We’re going to sew that down.

Alright. Now we’re going to trim this off and add our last geese. Iron back. And here comes our last geese right here. It’s going to take 16 squares if you put these together in a block formation, it’s going to take 16 geese for all four of these, like this. But, you know what, you can lay this out so many ways. This is such a fun quilt. You can have geese flying everywhere.

Alright. Trim that off, iron that back. So just that quick you get a block that looks like this. It’s done. You’ve got three layers out here and it just looks adorable.

So, let me show you some of the ways we’ve put this together. First, the way we have it back here, we put these together in blocks. We’ve gathered up four of these and we put them together. We put our colors in the center so we’d have kind of an hourglass-y look. We put that fourth block in there so that it makes a block, just like this. See here’s our colors to the center and when this corner block, this corner geese out here, when it connects with these other ones, it does a little square feature, which is really fun. But that’s only the beginning. I mean, you can line these up so that they all, they all fly the same way. You can line them up so that they go different directions. You can line them up so they zig-zag. We have so many layouts of this. It’s just a really fun quilt. And have fun laying it out and trying new things.

So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Flying Geese Log Cabin from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • Cindy

    I liked this tutorial. I will be making this quilt but i just don’t know when and I LOVE the Jelly Bean Batiks and the first Malam Batiks.

  • Linda Stenzel

    Hope to start this tomorrow 😀 Love the step by step and can pause the videos as needed. Great site!