Friday, August 9, 2013

A Flock of Flying Geese Quilt II

This quilt has also been on my to do list for some time and is inspired by a traditional quilt from Anthropologie (see Pinterest Pin here); I have however changed the feel of the quilt by overhauling the color palette and adding a range of printed fabrics.


Flying Geese have never been my strong point but I have recently had more success by over-sizing my units and trimming with a Bloc-Loc Flying Geese ruler. The process is still the same with each flying geese unit being made from 1 rectangle and 2 squares (as shown in this tutorial), but over-sizing and trimming means greater accuracy which in turn makes sewing together the units into a quilt top much easier.  The Flying Geese units each measure 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches (including seam allowances).


I also saved the little trimmed triangles/wings from all of the flying geese units - these would usually go straight into the rubbish bin. Rather than waste them I have sewn them into half square triangle units, doing so with each finished batch of Flying Geese units. I have already pressed them but the units still need trimming. 

252  - 3 Inch Half Square Triangle units.
Their final destiny is yet to be determined.

An excellent sewing week and hoping for more of the same this weekend.


Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Bloc-Loc Flying Geese Rulers

A Flock of Flying Geese Quilt I
A Flock of Flying Geese Quilt II - the finished quilt

27 comments:

  1. oh I love this so much. Flying geese are one of my favourites of all time and I made a more masculine version of this for my son when he left home. This one is so pretty though

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  2. I love Flying Geese. I use the squares and rectangle method too. Can't wait to see what you do with all those "leftover" triangle squares. Have a super day!

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  3. i am so happy your trimmings didn't make the rubbish bin! they will live a second life to be made into something as stunning as it's parent quilt!!! Rita you are all kinds of awesome!!

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  4. I love the fresh, crisp look of this! As always, you inspire me.

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  5. Siempre me ha gustado tener una colcha como esa .Uno de mis futuros proyectos espero que sea como la tuya Y es una buena idea lo que has hecho con la tela que sobraBesos

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  6. Just love the Bloc Loc rulers

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  7. I've never attempted flying geese so thank you for the link to the tutorial. Beautiful color choices. Really like the prints.

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  8. this is so lovely Rita! beautiful colors you've chosen. and great for making use of those cute HST's. Can't wait to see what they become too. :)

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  9. I'm really loving those colors you've chosen. They totally read summer to me. And flying geese always remind me of a vintage summer camp for some reason.

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  10. LOVE THIS!!!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  11. have you ever tried paper piecing them?? i've seen some people say its the best for accuracy. i'm not the greatest at them but i do love them.

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  12. I have this quilt on my too do list as well. Unlike Barbe I would never paper piece - way too much time. I am a sewer and trimming to fit makes them lovely. But I would not have thought of making them so big. I am going to have to get onto doing one!! Love that you use the triangles. I never understand people that throw them away

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  13. Yay! Happy those trimmings got saved. I bet they would make great pillow covers. Just love the flying geese. Lovely as always.

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  14. How pretty/ So happy you saved your scraps and didn't toss them. Some folks are way too wasteful fo fabric. And toss all the scraps and trimmings out.

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  15. Beautiful Rita. You always choose the most amazing fabric combinations. Have a great weekend. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  16. Love, love, love it! Another Rita project to copy cat!

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  17. I love that you have saved all the offcuts that will now become something gorgeous all of their own!

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  18. Excellent, indeed. The colors are fantastic!!!

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  19. good morning
    such beautiful top and hsts! if either or both need a new home, iwill take them in and finish them for a charity of your choice. i hand piece and hand quilt for over forty years and made over two hundred quilts and donated them. my favorite charities are the american cancer society, church raffles and humane society. my income is less than four hundred dollars monthly for disability and buying fabric is not an option. i did not have enough sense or forethought to buy a sewing machine or build a fabric stash when i was able to work. i love you blog you have so much talent and are an inspiration to me. blessings barbara babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  20. I do the same with my off cuts; I can't bring myself to throw out perfectly good fabric!

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  21. That looks lovely. I like how you switched and used white geese for the part with the pansy fabric as the background.

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  22. Your prolific work habits are so inspirational to me. Thanks for sharing this flying geese quilt - it's sparkling, just like all your work! Enjoy using those HSTs!

    Best,
    Liz
    boltonia55@yahoo.com

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  23. I also love to save each and every scrap I cut off. I have quite a time keeping up with them! I am sad to sad that I checked out ordering the bloc-locs, and the shipping was prohibitive.

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  24. Or you could send them to me! I am using mine to make baby bear paws! But have currently run out of tiny HSTs!

    Love the geese but am still a bit afraid of making them myself!

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  25. I love your flying geese and hst trimmings! As usual, you are so prolific! What's your secret?

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  26. This quilt top is inspiring for me! I love this one better than your first. It is very pretty. Looks like I need a new ruler. Thank you

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  27. Nice! I especially like the row of "reverse color" white geese.

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