Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Flock of Flying Geese

The Birds of a Feather quilt is finished.  The colors and layout of this quilt really pack a punch!


I so enjoyed the color play of this quilt!   I had no definite design plan when I started making the Half Square Triangle units, instead the design was simply allowed to evolve from the arranging and re-arranging of the patchwork pieces.


For the back of the quilt I have used a brand new - straight out of the box - Orla Kiely bed sheet (Multi-Stem).  I don't know if you can see how perfectly the design repeat of the quilt back matches that of the quilt top ~ it couldn't have worked out any better if I had planned it!


I started stabilizing the quilt sandwich by stitching on either side of the vertical and horizontal seam lines, and  then bravely choose to zig zag my way horizontally through all of the Flying Geese units twice.  That involved much turning, wrangling and quilt maneuvering and heightened levels of impatience!


Fabrics Used:
  • Kaffe Fassett shot cottons in a range of colors ~ color chart would come in handy here.
  • Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton ~ Pepper
  • Alexander Henry ~ Heath in Black for background and binding
  • Orla Kiely - Multi-Stem for backing
Block Size and Piecing Details:
  • 16 different solid/shot cottons in a range of colors to be set against a background fabric
  • 320 Half Square Triangle Units each measuring 3.5 inch square (including seam allowances) ~ 20 of each color chosen.
  • 2.5 yards of background fabric ~ includes sufficient for 6 strips of binding
  • Sew 20 units of the same color together into vertical rows.  Press seams in one direction, alternating the direction with each row so that seams nest together when joining rows.
  • When sewing together the vertical rows press seams open to reduce bulk.

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Thanks again for stopping by!
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Birds of a Feather - Quilt in Progress

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39 comments:

  1. Fantastic - a modern take on a simple block!

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  2. wow! just gorgeous! I read that the binding is entirely machine stitched... do you know if there's a tutorial for that online? I only know how to machine stitch on one side, then turn and hand stitch it down on the other...

    thanks!
    Sarah

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  3. I like the 2nd to the last pic it looks like the triangles are birds flapping their wings;) Little imaginative with that-lol!

    Love the contrast of colors and the heath worked out so nicely.

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  4. Where did you find this fantastic sheet for the backing? I can only find the pillow cases and duvet covers online.
    Simply stunning all together... love ever piece of it :)

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  5. Oh. My. God. I absolutely love this, a bit heartbroken I don't have a spare $425 :( It looks so simple but the work that must have gone into it is astounding! Beautiful.

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  6. This looks fantastic. I love the backing.

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  7. A joyful combination of colours! Great work!

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  8. A most interesting quilt, very modern, just stunning. Well done.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  9. Wow. This is one of my favorites you've done. In my whole life I never would have expected those fabrics to have produced such a stunning quilt. Love the quilting on it.

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  10. Really beautiful. And I can't get over how well the pint lines up on the back.

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  11. It reminds me of an American Indian rug. Very pretty.

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  12. love this so much. The colors, the triangles, the work that went into it. Worth every penny!

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  13. Lots of fabric joy in this quilt! Glad you got such an upper body workout while wrangling :)

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  14. Orla Kiely was a perfect choice!

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  15. Congratulations on another spectacular finish, Rita. The backing is really a stroke of genius. I could stare at the gorgeous colour play on this quilt for hours!

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  16. Oh, you had me already, but adding the Orla Kiely. SWOON. That picture of the quilt folded on the bench is drop dead gorgeous. Well done, Rita!

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  17. Fantastic colours.I love it.

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  18. This is my absolute favourite quilt of yours EVER ... (until the next one!)

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  19. It turned out amazing! I LOVE what you did with the back too- great pairing!

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  20. I really love this! Well done

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  21. Wow! a stunner!! love the backing too.

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  22. I'm so smitten with this one! L O V E LOVE IT!

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  23. A fabulously fresh take on an old favourite. Well done.

    PS I came in from Modern Quilts.

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  24. I love this quilt so much - it's so beautiful!

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  25. I saw this quilt in your header and decided to do a little blog surfing to see more about it before I asked - I love love LOVE this quilt. I'm putting the fabrics required for it on my "MUST HAVE" list because I NEED to make it. What a cool way to use solid fabrics!

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  26. Really lovely. I am inspired to make a flying geese quilt, and this quilt helps inform that desire. :)

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