How to Make Perfect Flying Geese or not

Lost in the Elevator

Lost in the Elevator

This quilt took more than a year and a half to make– from design to binding.  I started this quilt to enter the Flying Geese Challenge for last year’s QuiltCon.  (I didn’t make the November 2017 deadline).  I envisioned a quilt with perfectly-made flying geese in sizes from 18″ by 36″ to 1.5″ by 3″.  I used the No-Waste Flying Geese method to make four at a time — you can find the Flying Geese No-Waste tutorial from

After making a few of these, I got frustrated with exactness, and my need to make improv blocks took over.   In the end, this quilt represents my approach to design and quilt.  I like the mix of randomness and exactness.  The excitement of not knowing how the pieces will land makes me happy.  Finding a way to make it work together also gives me joy.  The hand quilting also shows my struggle between these competing ideas.  There is a mix of straight stitching and curved chaos.  The quilt finished at 54″ by 54″.

Since I have made a lot of Flying Geese blocks, I made a perfect points tutorial for the Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild to use for this year’s QuiltCon Charity Challenge.   I’m providing that here– PERFECT POINTS TUTORIAL for flying geese.

Lost in the Elevator Detail View

Emerge Circle– Flower Stems quilt

I was the lead quilter for July for the Emerge Circle of do.good Stitches.  We make quilts for local and global charities.  I am the lead quilter once a year.  The other months I make blocks for the lead quilter.

Emrge Circle photo of Flower Stems

Flower Stems

The quilt is made of (12) 18″ square blocks and (12) 12″ square improv blocks.  We have 12 members in Emerge Circle, including myself, so everyone made (1) 18″ square block and (1) 12″ square block.  The color palette was: Salmon, Dark Gray, Light Green, White, Light Blue, Peach and Yellow.  I put the blocks together randomly.

You can view the instructions here: FLower Stems pattern July 2018.

The layout is very simple with Row 1 with (4) 18″ square blocks, Row 2 with (6) 12″ square blocks and so on:

Flower Stems Layout July 2018I used Quilter’s Dream batting, 100% deluxe cotton.  The quilt finished at 78″ by 72″.   I used the walking foot on my Bernina to quilt it.

Emerge Circle photo of Flower Stems closeup