Since I've always shied away from general piecing, I've also stayed away from the Flying Geese block. I can handle the first method - 2 squares, 1 rectangle and sew them on snowball style. But everyone around here likes to make the 4 geese at once method (method 2). I've always been intimidated by this method because I can't see the end result, so I have to follow the instructions and calculations faithfully. I don't follow instructions well, so I'm uncomfortable. But I did it a few times for this tutorial to make photography easier (need a set of partially made for each step to save time in the studio), and I actually started to get more comfortable with it.
Which method do you prefer? Are there any cool shortcut tools out there that I don't know about?