Block Design Challenge – Give me some ideas

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I need some help. I’m trying to find a way to use these leftover flying geese patches to make a 12” block. The catch is that I don’t have any more of the yellow 1930’s print used in the geese. (You can see the fabric better in the bottom right photo, the bottom right corner.)

I don’t want to do a Dutchman’s Puzzle block (left), because I already have one of those in 1930’s prints.

I thought I’d do the “Another Star” block (right) from That works well with 6 of the flying geese, but the problem is that I don’t have any more yellow for the 4 half-square triangles that need to go in the corners. (If I cut the flying geese in half to make fake half-square triangles they aren’t tall enough – they come out to 2.5” by 3.5” but need to be 3.5” x 3.5”) flyinggeese

I could just use solid squares of the bac1930fabricskground fabric in the corners, but I was looking for something more exciting. I’m looking for suggestions of some other block patterns that might work.

On the right are the 1930s prints I have that could go in this block. The yellow on the bottom right of the photo is the fabric that is in the flying geese patches.

Please leave a comment with your ideas. Thanks!

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Any of the star variations on Quilter's Cache page 54 ( would work.

I like the winged four patch on that page. Use one of the other fabrics to replace the blue squares.

You could arrange 4 flying geese on the 4 outer edges (with the 'mountain tops' pointing out) with solid white corner squares. Then fill the middle with a square in a square, or any 6" block pattern made from matching fabric.

If you do something intricate for the 6" center it will counteract the boring plain corner squares.

Thanks for the comments. I don't think the winged four patch will work because my colors are reversed on my flying geese. Possibly Mosaic #4 on that page...

Making an interesting center square and using the geese on the outside may work. I'll test it out...

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