Cut Big Flying Geese Triangles

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Because From Marti Michell templates have special engineered corners, you can cut both the large and small triangles needed for Flying Geese units with the same right triangle template. In fact, you can cut 31 sizes of Flying Geese units with From Marti Michell right triangle templates (see page 29 in Marti’s book, More Bang for the Buck)!

Cutting Flying Geese Triangles with Right Triangle Template

You could just cut 2 pairs of triangles from 2 different fabrics and join them to make half-square triangle units, then sew those together for the Flying Geese unit with a seam down the middle. But why have an unnecessary seam down the middle that will add extra bulk in the seam allowances?

This example features Set A, triangle template 2, and the finished will be 3” x 6”.

  1. Cut a strip the correct width for the size of the Flying Geese unit you want to make, including ¼ inch seam allowance.

  2. To cut the large “goose” triangle, make the first diagonal cut as shown below. Then flip or rotate the template and align it with the straight edges and the corner angles to make the second cut. In our patterns, we call this a “2+2” triangle.


Other common finished sizes are 2-1/2” x 5” (use Set Q to cut a 94+94 triangle) and 4” x 8” (use Set B for a 9+9 triangle).

Or cut these full size triangle sizes without flipping a template using our original Flying Geese Ruler #8022 > :

2 1/2" x 5"
3" x 6"
3 1/2" x 7"
4" x 8"
4 1/2" x 9"

And these sizes with our Small Flying Geese Ruler #8705 >

1 x 2 inches
1 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
1 1/2 x 3 inches
1 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches
2 x 4 inches
2 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches
2 1/2 x 5 inches
2 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
3 x 6 inches

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