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

The Chicken Run: LOVE DOVE is on her way to Montana, USA

The Oh Sew Tempting Chicken Run Giveaway Sort Of is off to Montana, USA.

Sarah at Here We Are was the lucky winner, and the chicken pincushion has a new name, LOVE DOVE. Check out her wonderful blog for the next leg of the Chicken Run.

Sarah suggested I de-stuff LOVE DOVE and send her that way. So smart!

Even though LOVE DOVE looked deflated in leaving her birthplace, I know she’ll make new friends out West:

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The good thing is I don’t have an empty nest. Lucky Stripper and I are planning our next sightseeing tour. Over Mother’s Day weekend, we visited our daughter in Abingdon where she is interning at The Barter Theatre. Lucky Stripper and LOVE DOVE had a great time. Oh the memories.

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Take care, LOVE DOVE,
Wanda

The Chicken Run: get in the race.

The next leg of the Oh Sew Tempting Chicken Run Giveaway Sort Of has begun.

If you want to be in the Winner’s Circle, avoid disqualification by following these RULES:

1. Agree to make another chicken and give it away on your blog within 4 weeks of receiving your prize. Include a link back to Oh Sew Tempting.wordpress.com so that all the chickens can appear in the Chicken Run Gallery which will include a link to your blog if you have one.

2. Leave a reply below to say (a) what you would like to call the chicken pincushion pictured above; (b) which country she/he would be going to and (c) why she/he would feel at home there.

3. It is important to let Oh Sew Tempting know about every chicken that is hatched.

4. This giveaway is open to everyone in the whole wide world until the end of May 20, 2014 (local time) and will be drawn using a random generator.

THIS CHICKEN:

I made two wonky log cabins. I used the same pattern directions (the sizes at least) from Granny Maud’s Girl site.

I left an opening in the bottom/belly to insert the stuffing. (Please do not stuff your giveaway chicken with foodstuff or plant material as it may not be allowed into the country you are sending to.)
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INSPIRATION:

I was inspired by the LOVEworks promoted by the Virginia is for Lovers tourist site. I blogged about it my previous post.

I took photos of this chicken at the Richmond International Raceway where they have a LOVEworks piece at the Front Stretch entrance:

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See PRE-RACE PHOTO SHOOT gallery in the sidebar for more photos.

LEAVE A REPLY, and this chicken could be yours.