Updated: Jul 31, 2022
I love this Wild Geese Block from Kate Spain. It is so striking and graphic and a joy to sew, in both the large and small versions.
Kate's block is assembled entirely using half square triangles, but I wanted to feature my toweling stripes so I altered the cutting and construction techniques. The finished block looks exactly the same as the original, but the way I have made it makes it easier to maintain the integrity of the stripes. This is also applicable to directional fabrics.
Below are my cutting directions for both blocks.
Cutting for the 9" block:
(4) 2 ¾" x 5" - grey toweling. The stripes run lengthwise.
(4) 2 ¾" x 5" - black print
(16) 2 ¾" x 2 ¾" background floral print
Cutting for the 4 ½" block:
(4) 1 ⅝" x 2 ¾" -gold print
(4) 1 ⅝" x 2 ¾" - stripe. The stripes run across the width, parallel to the short side.
(16) 1 ⅝" x 1 ⅝" - background black print
To assemble each block:
1. Draw a diagonal line on each of the 16 background squares. You can also use diagonal seam tape if you prefer, and avoid this step.
2. Place a background square on one end of each rectangle so the diagonals run in opposite directions on each pair.
3. Sew along the diagonals. Chain piece to save time and thread.
4. Trim off the excess fabric leaving a ¼" seam allowance and press.
5. Place another background square on the other end of each rectangle, so the diagonal is running parallel to the existing seam.
6. Sew along the diagonal and trim off the excess fabric leaving ¼" seam allowance. Press.
7. Sew the rectangles together in pairs to create the pointed 'Wild Geese'. If you need to match the stripes, like my 4 ½" block, just pin the stripes together carefully and sew over the pins with a longer stitch. If the stripes match, then re-sew the seam with a regular stitch length. I initially use a longer stitch length so it is easier to unpick, if I'm not happy with how the stripes match up.
8. Sew the squares together to create the finished block.
I hope you enjoy sewing this one and have a little fun with some stripes or directional fabric.