Flying Geese Placemats Tutorial

on March 10 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 7 Comments

Learn to make these pretty Radiant Orchid Flying Geese Placemats designed by Christen from Love By Hand! Christen has been on the blog before with her Sweet Ruffle Apron and the popular Christmas Tree Table Runner. You can learn more about Christen’s work in her introduction. We think these fun placemats are an easy way to add a touch of the popular Pantone Color of the Year to your home!


Hi Everyone! I’m Christen from Love By Hand, and I’m excited to be sharing a fun spring placemat tutorial combining two of my favorites right now– flying geese blocks and Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

When I saw the Radiant Orchid Fabric Bundle from Friday’s Off fabric shop, I immediately thought of placemats to update my kitchen décor; the colors are perfect for the transition period at the end of winter right before spring starts.

Fabric Requirements:
The following yields 1 placemat approximately 12 ½” tall x 20” wide.

For 12 flying geese blocks:

  • 12, 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles for center of geese blocks
  • 24, 2 ½” squares for flying geese block background (white)

From fabric background (4 radiant orchid colors):

  • 4, 6 ½” x 5 ½” rectangles
  • 4, 6 ½” x 1 ½” rectangles

Plus:

  • 1 FQ for backing
  • 18” x 22” piece of batting
  • 2, 2 ¼” x WOF (width of fabric) strips for binding

Fabrics shown are from the Radiant Orchid Bundle and Hipster Mirrah Leaf in Grey by Riley Blake Fabrics from Fridays Off fabric shop.

Making the Flying Geese Blocks
For one placemat, you need 12 flying geese blocks. There are many ways to make the block. I’ll share the one I am most familiar with, and cutting instructions above match this method only.

Draw a diagonal line across all of the 2 ½” white squares. Place one square right sides together (RST) on top of one 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle flush on one side as shown. Sew along the drawn line.

Once sewn, take your ruler and cut off the excess fabric, leaving ¼” seam allowance as shown.

Press open flat and place a second white 2 ½” square RST on top of the same block as shown. Sew along the line.

Once sewn, take your ruler and cut off the excess fabric leaving ¼” seam allowance as shown.

Repeat steps above for the remaining 11 flying geese units.

Sew The Placemat Top
Once all of the flying geese units are complete, sew them together in 4 sets of three (one set of three shown below). Next, gather one 6 ½” x 5 ½” rectangle and one 6 ½” x 1 ½” rectangle and sew together as shown.

When you are finished sewing all three pieces together, complete for the remaining three blocks to complete the top and create your layout as shown below. Sew all four blocks together to complete the top.

Finishing The Placemat
Once your top is sewn together, prepare your placemat for quilting by layering the top with batting and backing fabric. Use your desired quilting method; I used straight lines with a matching thread.

Once quilted, prepare your binding using your preferred method. I sewed mine on by machine; it works well for me and it’s quick!

Once your binding is on, you’re all finished. Set the table and enjoy!


This post is sponsored by Fridays Off, a Canadian fabric shop featuring the best quality 100% cotton and flannel designer fabrics for your quilting, home dec and other sewing projects.

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7 Responses to Flying Geese Placemats Tutorial

  1. Great catch! The instructions are correct and we’ll update the tutorial! Glad you like them ;)

  2. Quiltmouse says:

    Just an observation – I was calculating the amount of fabric needed for 4 placemats and noticed there was a discrepancy between the instructions and the list of materials needed. The list states a need for 4 strips 6-1/2″ x 1″ while the instructions mention strips 6-1/2″ x 1-1/2″. Thank you for the pattern. I have a need for a present and these will fit the bill.

  3. Debby says:

    Love flying geese. Probably my favorite block. Great tutorial!

  4. Sondra says:

    Love these placemats. fabulous fabric choices, great design. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so adorable I love this and the colors! Thank you so much!

  6. Yanic says:

    How fun! I’m so pinning this!

  7. Alanna says:

    Christen – I love what you did with the bundle. These placemats look really great. I just might make a few up for myself :) BTW I’m working on more custom bundles for some of the other trending Pantone colours for Spring. So stay tuned!

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