Migrating Geese Border Tutorial

Every day I try to learn something new and today I found a wonderful technique. Deb Tucker is one of my favorite Youtube quilting heroes because she gives so many wonderful techniques that make piecing quilts so much more perfect. I highly recommend that you follow her on Youtube. Today I happened upon her Migrating Geese tutorial.


Deb uses rotary cutting, but of course I immediately converted that to AccuQuilt GO! dies. Here’s what I did.

Step 1: Select the Shape 3 Half Square Triangle, Shape 4 Quarter Square Triangle, and Shape 5 Half Square Triangle dies from any size Qube. Select fabric of your choice.

Step 2: Cut an equal number of Shape 3 half square triangles (background fabric) and Shape 4 quarter square triangles (QSTs) for Flying Geese. Cut one Shape 5 half square triangle (HST) from the background fabric.

Step 3: Stitch a Shape 4 QST to a Shape 3 HST. You will be stitching an equal number of QSTs to HSTs right and left as shown below. Make an equal number of HST/QST units.

Step 4: Press your Shape 4 QST and Shape 3 HST units open. You can press seams open or to one side. Lay out the units as shown below. Start with a right side HST/QST unit and a separate QST that you cut and alternate right and left QST/HST units until you get to the end. At the end add a Shape 3 HST and the Shape 5 HST to even out the end.

Step 4: The diagram below shows the first few units sewn together. Be careful as you stitch to accurately stitch the QSTs so that there is a 1/4″ seam allowance and the points are sharp. Also remember that there are many bias edges here and it helps to pin the units together before sewing and carefully ease the edges together so that they fit.

Step 5: Finish sewing all the units together finishing with the Shape 3 and the Shape 5 HSTs on the end. Trim the long tail from the beginning Shape 3 HST and you now have a beautiful border for your quilt.

These wonderful Migrating Geese are thanks to Deb Tucker for the technique and to myself for the conversion to AccuQuilt GO! It is very helpful to watch Deb’s Youtube video and she also has a technique sheet that can be purchased.

For the demonstration, I used the 8″ Qube so Geese will be 2″ x 4″ which means that when determining the measurements for the border, use the height of the finished geese to determine the number of geese that you need. I used the 8″ Mix & Match Qube and my geese measured exactly 2″ from baseline to tip.

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