Starry Night Block 7 | Split Geese

Starry Night Sampler Split Geese Cutting Instructions

Hello, Hello My Stitching Friends!

Heather here from The Sewing Loft back for our monthly sit & sew session.To get started you will need a few basic sewing supplies and materials. To make it easy, I have created a printable download that you can get here. These additional tools will be helpful in creating your quilt. standard sewing machine iron/ironing board rotary cuter, quilting ruler and self healing mat are helpful *Note the white fabric is mixed in throughout the quilt blocks and also used as the borders & sashing. Backing fabric is not included on the supply list. The Starry Night Quilt finishes 45″ x 54″. The first block we are creating is called a 9 patch. Not only is the 9 patch quilt block a very basic block but it can help your build your skills in so many ways. It allows you to practice your stitching lines, seam alignment and nesting. This is one of those blocks you want to master! In the Starry Night Quilt, we are taking the standard 9 patch a step further by mixing things up with an extra color stripe in each section. Let’s take a look.

I’m not sure about you but the dog days of summer have had me looking for relief in the studio these days. I think that’s why I’m so excited to get stitching on the next block of the Starry Night Quilt Sampler.

Starry Night Sampler Quilt Layout

Block 7 is Split Geese block. This block is a variation of the traditional flying geese classic unit we explored in block 5. Since the Starry Night Sampler requires 3 full blocks of these pretties, you will notice a few large strips in the cutting section. Have no fear, this is not a typo and will help streamline your sewing.

For those of you just joining the fun be sure to check out the full supply list and materials list before starting. To make it easy, I have created a printable download that you can get here.

Now, let’s take a look at today’s block, Split Geese, and get started.

Starry Night Sampler Split Geese Cutting Instructions

Cutting Instructions for Split Geese:

  • Cut 6 White 4″ Squares sub cut into 4 triangles (a)
  • Cut 6 Navy Polka Dot 4″ Squares sub cut into 4 triangles (a)
  • Cut 3 Indigo Polka Dot 26″ x 2″
  • Cut 3 Peony Net 26″ x 2″

**Cutting instructions yields 3 blocks.


Starry Night Sampler Split Geese Cutting Instructions


Sewing Assembly for Split Geese:

You will notice that the sewing is fairly simple on this block. We use many of the

  1. Following color key, place 26″ x 2″ rectangles right sides together and stitch using 1/4″ seam allowance to join. Press open and sub cut into (4)  6 1/2″ units. Repeat to 2 times to create a total of 12 sub cut rectangle units. Starry Night Sampler Split Geese Sewing Instructions
  2. Using the 45° lines on your quilting ruler, sub cut each unit to create a triangle. Starry Night Sampler Split Geese
  3. Sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance join triangle (a) to sub cut triangle (b) right sides together; press. *Note that triangle (a) will overhang 1/4″ on each side of seam allowance. Repeat to opposite side and create 12 units.Starry Night Sampler Split Geese Sewing Instructions
  4. Trim each unit to 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Join 4 units together to create a 6″ x 12″ finished block (6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ including outer seam allowance). Repeat to make 3 blocks.Starry Night Sampler Split Geese Sewing Instructions

Now, as you were slicing away, you will have striped triangles left over from step 2, save them. We will use them later. For more easy tips to help you achieve block successI’ve put together a few of my favorite tips here.

Remember, you will need 3 finished 9 Split Geese blocks to complete the Starry Night Quilt Sampler.

Well, that’s it for now. Don’t forget that I’ll be back next month with a next block in the Starry Night Quilt Block of the Month series. In the meantime, be sure to come find me on social media and share a few pictures of your finished block using #StarryNightQuilt as a tag, I want to see your blocks stitched together!

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5 thoughts on “Starry Night Block 7 | Split Geese”

  1. Kathy Guenther says:

    This method of making flying geese was very challenging and I’ve made them before. I just couldn’t get them to come out the right size and used a different method.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Kathy thank you for your comment. Was there a certain step that tripped you up? What technique did you end up using? I have not made mine yet so I am curious.

    2. Hello Kathy,
      I’m happy to hear that you created them. As with many blocks in quilting there was several different ways to achieve the final look. Please let me know if there was a specific stepped that you found challenging. Looking forward to seeing your final quilt.

  2. Laura says:

    I also had trouble getting them the right size. I think it had to do with the sub-cutting part. If the blocks are cut into a 6.5″ length, how is it possible to end up with a 6.5″ length after adding the triangles.
    Also, my cut-off triangles that I am supposed to use for the four squares block measured 3.25″ on each side-I don’t think this will end up making the 3.5″ square triangles later on. Please help.

    1. Laura says:

      I figured it out. The initial subcut needs to be 7″ long rather than 6.5″ long as directed. The subsequent leftover triangles then work for the four corners block if you sew the two-tone block in the center of the triangle (the solid triangle should extend 1/4″ beyond the two-tone on each end).

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