Linda Theil's sample "Goose Pockets" in Moda's "Garden Fruits" line designed by Tim and Beck -- note the bottom geese were not inserted properly in the fabric sandwich and so will have their points eliminated when they are sewn into a hanging. Please see instruction below to avoid this problem in your goose pockets.
I watched Jenny Doan's "One Seam Flying Geese" tutorial on the Missouri Star Quilt Company YouTube channel and was intrigued by the little pockets her one-seam method created on the surface of her work. I thought the pattern would be cute made up as an Advent calendar; and sure enough, Doan included in her video an Advent calendar that she created using her one-seam Flying Geese method. Doan also provided a four-color PDF of a "Christmas Bucket List" of little cards to print out and tuck into each pocket.
I thought I remembered how Doan made her geese from the video, but discovered it wasn't as easy as I thought and my first goose had two flaps but no wings! My second attempt gave me geese that were sure to lose their points when they were seamed together.
So I decided to work out a step-by-step method that I could refer to whenever I decided to make these one-seam, goose pockets.
Note: If you don't want pockets in your quilt or hanging, just stitch the hypotenuse closed when you quilt the project.
Cut one 5 x 10 inch rectangle of contrasting fabric in your pocket color choice.
Lay one five inch background square on your sewing table, with the right side of the fabric facing up.
Fold your pocket rectangle in half with right sides facing out to make a five inch square.
Place your second background square, right side down (with the wrong side of your background fabric facing up) on top of first square, sandwiching the folded rectangle between the two five-inch squares.
Place pins into your goose-pocket sandwich with the tips pointing to the left hand side of square. The pins are pointing to the edge along which you will sew a 1/4 inch seam.
Stitching one-seam, goose-pocket sandwich.
Open out and press.
Note: In this picture, the folded edge is at the top of the photo.
Keep lifting until . . .
. . . the raw edges of the fabric line up along the bottom and the goose pockets are formed.
rim to even the bottom of the pocket, making the block five inches wide.
Completed Flying Geese block with pockets, made with one seam. Note that the seam allowance at the top of the block will insure the point of the wings won't get bitten off when you sew your blocks together.