I know I have posted on how to make flying geese in the past, but I continue to get requests from readers on what my favorite method is. Without a doubt, my favorite method is to make the flying geese units larger than necessary, and to use Monique Dillard's Fit to be Geese ruler to accurately trim them down to a uniform, perfect size. The ruler comes with instructions, but I am sharing some photos to show you how I do it.
For my current project, I need 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch finished geese. I used Monique's "Mini Fit to be Geese" ruler for this project. I cut 2 1/2 inch squares of print fabric for my geese, and cut them in half once on the diagonal. For the "sky" part of the unit, I cut 2 1/4 inch squares of background fabric, and cut those in half once on the diagonal. I sewed the sky units to the short sides of the geese units and ended up with units that look like those in the photo below. Too large, but with plenty of room to be trimmed down to the perfect size.
Kind of wonky, oversized flying geese. No prob, I have my Fit to be Geese ruler to make things right.
Position the ruler over the unit and trim off the top according to the ruler's measurement, which is clearly marked for the size unit you are making.
Flip the unit upside down, position the ruler with everything all lined up, and trim the bottom of the unit.
Flip the unit 180 degrees, line it up with the lines designating your final measurement, and trim the third side.
Flip the unit again, and trim the remaining side. It is so easy, the lines keep you totally on track for a perfect finished unit.
Now, just compare that perfect flying goose unit with the ones on the left that are waiting to be trimmed. Do you see the difference? Sloppy, wonky, oversized geese are transformed into perfect, no sweat, go together without any fudging flying geese. All exactly the finished size that you want. Exactly, I promise. Every single one. If you don't have this ruler, get it.