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Flying Geese Wall Quilt

Waste Triangle Project
Copyright 2003 by Pat Speth, Author of Nickel Quilts

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This project is a great way to make use of the waste triangles created while making certain quilts in the book Nickel Quilts or from other projects. For lecture and workshop information, email Pat Speth at

Project Information

  • Block Size: 5" (if you trim the waste triangles to 1 ¾") See step 1 before trimming.
  • Quilt Size: 26 ½" x 36 ½"
  • Block Set: 4 x 6
  • Number of Blocks: 24
  • Half Square Triangles needed for project: 192 pairs
  • Half Square Triangles needed for each block: 4 pairs or 8 singles

Additional Materials Required

Material for block sides: ½ yd.
Inner Border: ¼ yd. Cut inner border strips 1 ½" wide.
Outer Border & Binding: ¾ yd. Cut outer border strips 2 ½ " wide. Cut binding strips 2 ½" wide.
Backing fabric: 1 yd.


The Flying Geese Block is made up of 4 Flying Geese Units.

Each Flying Geese Unit is made up of 2 Waste Half Square Triangle Units.

  1. Select either a matching pair of Waste Half Square Triangle Units or 2 singles, whatever you have on hand. Press one to the dark the other to the light before trimming up to 1 ¾” square.

  1. Sew the 2 Waste Half Square Triangle Units into Flying Geese Units.

  1. Join 4 Flying Geese Units together.

  1. Cut sidepieces 1 ¾” x 5 ½” add to Flying Geese Units..

  1. Sew the blocks into rows alternating the direction of every other block.

rows 1, 3 & 5

rows 2, 4 & 6

  1. Join the rows together to form the quilt top.
  1. Add borders, layer the quilt top with batting and backing. Hand or machine quilt, bind the edges, add a label and enjoy.

Copyright 2003 Pat Speth, Author of Nickel Quilts

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