How to Make a Charming Geese Mini Quilt

When Rowan sent us the beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabric charm packs for the giveaway (more details here!) I was itching to work something up with them. We had just released Anna Maria’s Flying Gosling quilt where she teaches her no fuss flying geese blocks which sparked an idea. I love to sew quilts but cutting out tons of fabric for blocks is less than inspiring to me. Anna Maria’s formula for flying geese blocks calls for one large and two small squares of fabric. I decided to make a mini quilt and use the 5″ x 5″ precuts from the charm packs for the large blocks. I used a little bit of my dusty algebra to figure out the small square dimensions.

Charming Geese 2

To learn how to make flying geese blocks watch Anna Maria Horner’s Flying Gosling Baby Quilt. The downloadable PDF has Anna Maria’s formulas for the blocks she uses as well as step by step instructions. Substitute her fabric cut list with the following dimensions to create these these mini blocks:

1 x Large Square = 5″ x 5″ (charm pack size!)
2 x Small Squares = 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

Just three squares will yield 4 flying geese blocks making this 18 block quilt a breeze.


One small piece of advice when using charm packs for these blocks. Because the 5″x5″ fabric squares have pinked edges (those little triangular notches running along the sides) you need to be careful about how you line up your blocks as you sew. Make sure the very tips of the pinked edges are aligned with the straight edge of the small squares. Sew your 1/4″ seam from the straight edge. Here’s a photo so you can see what I mean:


I used Sue Nickel’s Machine Quilting Basics to baste, quilt and bind the project. When the binding was finished it needed something a little extra. I love an excuse to use my family pictures to decorate my walls, so I did a small appliqué treatment in the lower left hand corner to highlight a favorite photo. I whipstitched two loops of linen ribbon to the back of the quilt and voila! My sweet little art quilt was ready to hang.


I loved having Kaffe, Anna Maria, and Sue right there with me while I worked on this project. Have any Creativebug classes or instructors inspired you to make your own designs?


You still have until May 29th to win four Kaffe Charm Packs, including the green color way used in this project. So leave a comment and let us know what you’d do with your new Kaffe Fassett fabric!

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  1. Thanks for the opportunity! LOVE your project……. I think something along that line would be perfect for a lil’ baby quilt I need to make soon!

  2. Mary on Lake Pulaski

    It would be fun to make a table runner out of the beautiful fabric.

  3. A quilted bag.

  4. I am into making baby quilts for my daughter’s new Midwife Practice, so I would love to turn them into little quilts!
    Sandy in FW

  5. I would use them for quilts for my dog, and cut them into smaller strips for the log cabin quilts I’m addicted to making!

  6. Gorgeous! I’d love to make a baby quilt out of it!

  7. I would use this beautiful fabric to make a pieced cushion cover, maybe in a flying geese pattern – I’ve never tried it before and it would be great to learn something new.

  8. I would make a quilted purse.

  9. I have been working on quilts that my local quilt shop is sending to Oklahoma for the people in the tornado stricken area. My goal is to make 5 baby/child quilts.

  10. So many ideas. I would try one of the lovely quilts you just showed.

  11. Dolores Bardsley

    Love Kaffe fabrics…now I need to make a “first” baby quilt for a special couple and these charm packs would be so perfect!

  12. I am a new quilted and love the idea of working on a small project to learn new things!!!
    This is beautiful!

  13. Seeing this mini-quilt made up my mind for the project i was trying to do. I wanted to make a mini quilt using my daughter’s clothing from when she was a baby. This is the perfect project as i do not have many large pieces of fabric to use. I’m sure it will be a cherished heirloom for her for years to come. Thanks for the great idea!

  14. Let me see, take your pic– table runners or mats, baby quilts, tote bags— my latest fave projects

  15. I’m restoring a chair my late mother bought & never finished. I’d use the fabrics to cover the seat & back panel. She was a huge fan of Kaffe Fassett’s tapestries & I’ve kept her collection of his books.

  16. I am working on a lap quilt for my sister who was in the hospital for over 80 days & is having to go back for 2 more surgery’s all this after beating colon cancer 2 years ago. I think these squares would work perfectly for the pockets I am going to put on the quilt for her to keep tissue etc. handy.

  17. Virginia Mansel Lees

    Love the colour way – I would use the charm pack to make flying geese for a friend for her office. Thanks

  18. I would use these to make a little quilt for one of our families new additions 🙂

  19. I would use these beautiful charms to make a lap quilt.

  20. Would love to make a bag or cushion covers

  21. I want to start machine quilting and these charm pack would be great to do this.

  22. I have had some paper hex pieces just waiting for the right spark… I’ve considered using my kiddos’ baby clothes & textiles, but Kaffe’s designs would certainly put some giant pizazz into the boost I need. Love your website & appreciate all of the ideas, instruction & talented people who give us all so much.

  23. I’m new at quilting. If I had these beautiful pieces I’d make a wall design with an added photo, as shown above.

  24. I would make a quilted sewing bag to take my projects around with me!

  25. Hello! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great info you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

  26. This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want?HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  27. Hello. impressive job. I did not anticipate this.

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