Jennie’s Flying Geese Tutorial

Jennie’s fabulous block “breaking Out” was the winner of the Fat Quarterly Reader Designer Challenge from Issue 1 – Fresh Start.

Jennie originally designed her block for the Pillow Talk Swap but now she has very kindly written up a tutorial for you to make one of your own! If you make this block we would love it if you upload photos of your block to our Flickr group as we would love to see!

Tutorial for ?Breaking Out? – a flying geese block
designed by Jennie Finch Schauer

Materials (for one block):
12- 2.5? x 4.5? print rectangles
24- 2.5? background squares
4- 2.5 x 6.5? background rectangles


Draw a line diagonally across each of the 24- 2.5? background squares:


Place the square on top of a print rectangle, making sure the line is as shown in the photo below:


Sew on the line, then trim ?? away from the line towards the outside of the block. Press towards the background (the grey, in this example):


Take a second 2.5? background square and position it as shown in the photo below:


Sew on the line, then trim ?? away from the line towards the outside of the block (see photo):


Press towards the background (the grey, in this example):


Repeat these steps to make 12 flying geese blocks. : Sew the flying geese into 4 groups of 3 geese each. Then lay them out!


You can spin them to the right?


Or to the left?


Once you decide which way you?d like the geese to spin, place the 2.5? x 6.5? rectangles on the outside edge of the flying geese units:


Sew the 2.5? x 6.5? rectangles to the outside edge of each of the flying geese units, pressing towards the background rectangle. Sew the quarters into your finished block!


And, we’re off!

Today’s the day! If you’re reading this post, then the first issue of Fat Quarterly is now available for purchase. The six of us have been waiting for this day for months, and we are so excited to share our labor of love with all of you.

What’s in store in Issue #1? Here’s what you can expect:
  • Six original project patterns — one from each of us — including four all-new quilt patterns, a stunning pillow pattern, and a pattern for a fast & fun table runner
  • Interviews with some of today’s hottest fabric designers dishing about their new & upcoming lines, including Lizzy House, Laurie Wisbrun, Cosmo Cricket, Mo Bedell, and more
  • Reviews of two new quilting books and a chance to win them both
  • An interview with Ingrid Press, the designer of the little house quilt that took Flickr by storm
  • An inside look at Quilts: 1700-2010, an exhibit on display at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum
  • … and more!
You have two options for purchasing Fat Quarterly. The first (and easiest) way to purchase an issue for yourself is to simply visit the “Buy” section of our site. If you are interested in buying an issue or subscription as a gift for someone else, visit our Etsy shop and complete your purchase over there.

Thanks for all of your interest in and excitement about Fat Quarterly over the past few weeks. We hope we can exceed all of your expectations with our first issue. And, of course, we want to hear what you think. Please comment here on the blog, give us a shout on Twitter, or email us at

Happy sewing!
Issue 1 Errata – we deeply apologise for a couple of problems with links in the copy of the e-zine. Please accept our apologies whilst we iron these out.
In the featured crafters sections both Julie’s (jaybirdquilts) and Ashley’s (filminthefridge) are linking incorrectly. You can find Julie’s blog at the following address; and Ashley can be found over at
It has come to our attention that some of the hexagon templates are printing off a little smaller than they should be. Please check your templates. The smaller templates should measure 0.75″ and the larger templates 1.25″ along one side. If they do not then please download your hexagon templates from here
By |April 27th, 2010|issue 1|28 Comments

Windows and Frames quilt

Kate’s ‘Windows and Frames quilt’ was made by upcycling her husbands old business shirts. A simple and effective pattern of framed squares enhanced with a crisp white solid.

Find Kate’s pattern in issue 1 of Fat Quarterly which will be available to purchase on Tuesday 27th of April.

Not long now………

By |April 24th, 2010|issue 1|17 Comments

Flying Fish Table Runner

John has created a lovely table runner which he hopes ‘can be the centerpiece for your spring & summer feasts’.

The great thing about this project, is that it allows you to always have your favourite fabric on display.

By |April 23rd, 2010|issue 1|9 Comments

Fat Geese..

Courtesy of Katy, ‘Fat Geese’ will appear in Issue 1.

A variation on the flying geese block, ‘Fat Geese’ is a quilt top that comes together very quickly, enables you to use up charm packs or make a dent in your scrap collection.

By |April 21st, 2010|issue 1|6 Comments

Hexed In…

April 27th is just around the corner and in preparation for the big day, we have decided to reveal a few more details.

Each day this week, we are going to show you a snapshot of the projects that you can find in Issue 1 of Fat Quarterly.

‘Hexed In’ by Tacha is a fresh look at how hexagons can be used to frame your favourite fabrics.

A cushion using a rich blend of linen and cotton prints, a striking addition to any home.

We can’t wait to see your versions of ‘Hexed In’, be sure to show us here.

By |April 18th, 2010|issue 1|5 Comments

A sneaky peek………….

Issue 1 will be ready soon, in the meantime to feed your imagination with the possibilities soon to be offered, take a look at a sneaky peek of our quilty feast!

We will be offering tasty dishes of flying fish!! and geese!!! Luxurious Jewel box treasures and more.

There will be features and giveaways on the latest fabrics and books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All because we know exactly what you like!!!! And if you think of something that might be of interest to us, let us know!!!

So what do you think? Fancy anything on the menu?????