Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop!

Day 3 is my turn to jump into the hop. Each day of the hop Inspired by Fabric will be giving away a FQ bundle, so be sure to go and sign up to follow their blog, either by email or blog reader, and then come back and leave a comment on my blog. I will give away an e-book of my book “Sew, Slice, Spin and Sash” from all the comments.
Ruby Short McKim wrote only one book, 101 Patchwork Patterns and all the patterns are free to download at
It was hard to choose from all the patterns, but I finally chose to make the Dutchmans Puzzle block.


It’s made using 8 flying geese (FG) units and my favorite way to make FG is doing the no waste method.

Let’s get started.

From blue print cut 1-    7 1/4″   x  7 1/4″ square

From the pink and blue print cut 1-    7 1/4″  x  7 1/4″ square

From the background cut 8-  3 7/8″  x    3 7/8″ squares

(oops, I marked the BG squares before taking the picture)


On the background squares, using a mechanical pencil, mark either a diagonal line from corner to corner, or do the double line, like what is shown below.  If you make the single line, sew 1/4″ on both sides of the line.034

Place two of the background squares onto each of the large squares.
Sew just to the side of the marked line.
After sewing all 4 lines, cut apart between the sewn lines.

 Press away from the large triangle.
Take the remaining background squares and place on the large triangles.
Sew on the drawn lines, cut apart.
Press away from the large triangle.
You now have four FQ units of each color.
At this point, I like to trim off those little pieces sticking out.
You now have everything ready to sew your block together. Using a dark and a light goose, make 4 blocks with the dark goose on the bottom. Press toward the top goose.048
Sew 2 blocks together. Make 2 sets. Press toward the blue goose in the upper right hand square in the picture below.
Now sew the two sets together, and your block is done!
When pressing the final seam, make the little twist in the center, so that your seams will lay nice and flat.
Here’s the other colorway I chose.062
Don’t forget to leave a comment to get in on the drawing.
Have fun hopping!!!Next stop is Pat Speth!
—-Blog Hop schedule and blogs—-

Friday 11/4: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites

Monday 11/7: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter

Tuesday 11/8:Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

Wednesday 11/9: Pat Speth @NickelQuilts

Thursday 11/10: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns

Friday 11/11: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter

And here’s the link to Inspired by Fabric, our blog host

67 thoughts on “Ruby’s Treasures Blog Hop!

    1. alwaysquilts

      Reeze, To figure the size of squares to cut, whatever size your goose is going to be finished (3″ x 6″) you add 1 1/4″ to the large square 6 + 1 1/4= 7 1/4″ that’s your geese. Then the background squares you add 7/8″ so for a 3×6″ you’d cut them
      3 7/8″. This formula works for all FG units where the width is twice the height of the unit.


  1. Rochelle Summers

    I am an email and bloglovin subscriber to Inspired by Fabric. I love the easy way of putting together the flying geese and will be trying that method soon. Thanks for the tip.

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  2. Rita S

    What would our grandmothers thing on the way we approach quilting today.
    Maybe “you go girl”. Thanks for showing a quick and fabric saving way to make flying geese.

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  3. Lori Morton

    Love your block..and thank you for the Tutorial!! Have hard time with FG block..will be trying this method! 🙂

    Thank you too..for chance to win Give-a-way 😀

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  4. EllenB

    Thanks for the tutorial for your pretty block, and your comment response on how to figure the size of the blocks for the geese. I’ve found this is the most accurate way to make flying geese.

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  5. Janie

    Thank you for the detailed tutorial for the flying geese quilt block. I never knew to sew over the intersection (where the smaller blocks overlap) until now. Love your color choices. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  6. Kathy E.

    I always appreciate tips and tricks like this one to make quilting easier and more fun, especially when there is no wasted fabric! This truly is a darling block and one I’d like to make an entire baby quilt with! Thanks.

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  7. Sandy A in St. Louis

    Love these fabrics and the blocks you made. I have never had much luck with the no-waste flying geese method that you used, but I will have to try it again! I have always just drawn the one line and sewed 1/4″ away from the line on each side. Next time I will use the double lines to see if it is better.

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  8. Brenda Ackerman

    It was not until this year that I learned how to make the no waste flying geese and just love the method. I have never made the Dutchman’s Puzzle block but it sure looks like a great block to explore fabric choices with. Thank you for your great tutorial and an opportunity at winning a copy of your book! Have a fantastic creative day!

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  9. Susan Mercer

    I love the fabric you have used. It reminds me of past times when things were simpler (at least I hope they were). I also love making flying gleese but I prefer to do them by paper piecing.

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