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 Patchpieces.com

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

A Cloud Eclipse and Simple Improv Tutorial

For October, I am the lead Quilter for the Emerge Circle of do.good Stitches. I created the design for our group to make (see below). I’m posting the instructions for my fellow do-gooders on my blog, but I thought WLS followers might enjoy seeing how to simple improv.

COLOR PALETTE

I used this photo of the eclipse as inspiration for the color palette:

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The light on the clouds is awesome.

I uploaded the photo into Play Crafts palette maker:

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These are the colors: Navy (royal is okay too), Black, Light and Medium Grays and Cream/White

USE SOLIDS OR PRINTS OR A MIX

YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE ALL THE COLORS IN THE BLOCKS

For example, you can use cream, black and light gray together. If you don’t have navy, that’s okay with me.

Please avoid prints with other colors in them.

Please make TWO BLOCKS.

SIZE: 12.5″ UNFINISHED

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Cut strips 13″ length  by 2.5″ to 5″ (or thereabouts) width

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Use scissors or a rotary cutter.

Don’t use a ruler.

I learned this technique at the Slow Stitching Retreat in Maine this summer. Heather Jones focused on color theory and we used all solids, but the idea works with prints too! When I’m ready, I’ll write a post about the class and my experience at the Retreat.

ASSEMBLY

In any order, sew the strips together along the 13″ side.

Press seams open or to the darker fabric.

Square up to 12.5″

Great Job!

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Pattern matching prints for quilt backing

This was my first attempt to align fabric prints for a quilt backing.

I used a method I found on Aqua Paisley Studio.

First you’ve got to find where the repeats are and where you to align the two pieces of fabric. I don’t have a photo of that.

Second, fold fabric one-inch and press:

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Third, apply glue to the bottom of the one-inch fold, then align:

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Fourth, flatten the fabric out and sew on the seam where you pressed it:

Fifth, trim to one-quarter inch then press to one side:

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Not bad for my first attempt:

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