This has to be the most enjoyable method for making a flying geese unit. There’s something about opening the little sandwich and seeing the center take shape. I love it!
Here’s the formula:
Sky Squares = Finished height + ½”
Geese = Finished height + ½” x Sum of two (raw edge) height squares – ½”
For example, my finished flying geese unit is 3 ½” x 7 ½”. I cut my sky squares 4” ( 3 ½” + ½” = 4”) and my geese rectangle 4” x 7 ½” (3 ½” + ½” = 4” height and 4” + 4” = 8” – ½” = 7 ½” length).
Cut two sky squares and one geese rectangle.
Fold your geese unit in half as shown, wrong sides together. Keep both of your sky units right sides up.
Place your folded geese unit on top of one of the sky units, right sides together. The fold should be a quarter-inch from the top of the sky unit. The raw edges at the bottom should be even with the raw edge of the sky unit.
Flip the other sky unit over on top of the geese/sky units, forming a sandwich. The outside of your sandwich will be the wrong sides of the sky units.
Sew one seam down the side of the sandwich, using a scant quarter-inch seam allowance.
Make sure you are sewing a side that is perpendicular to the fold of the inner geese unit.
Open your sandwich and finger press.
Now put your finger inside the geese unit and move the corner of the fabric to the outer bottom edge.
It’s like magic every time!
I credit this method to Ricky Tims at The Quilt Show, who credits it to some quilters across the pond. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to Google his demonstration–it’s really worth watching.