Monday, November 18, 2013

Design Wall Monday

On my design wall today is a sample for the quilt I'm making for my grandson-to-be, who'll be here in just a few short months.  My daughter Elaine and I shopped for the fabrics some weeks ago but until now I hadn't had a chance to work-up the size of the Flying Geese the design calls for.  After looking up various ways to size and make flying geese, I decided to use the fast method that makes four geese at a time.  Here's one source for that method http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf

After spending some time Saturday night  doing quilt MATH, I was ready Sunday morning to cut, sew and press my geese.  These will finish at 3x6". 

Cutting one large square for four geese saves time right there.  The four smaller squares form the "sky" triangles without having to cut triangles and without having to trim excess triangles off the finished geese. 

The directions also suggested drawing stitching lines but I thought marking the center line only was fine, since my 1/4" foot is accurate.  

The final two squares are applied the same way as the first two, by stitching on either side of the drawn line on the sky pieces.  I made sure I pressed well and had 1/4" at the top of the geese for a nice point when joining.  

Four geese lickety split without leaving a pile of cut off triangles or having to trim down the unit to size.  I wouldn't call this perfect but for a sample mainly to test the desired finished size of the geese blocks, worked just fine. 

I did find that hitting this valley on either side of the drawn line was important, since it is the top intersection of the two sky pieces once the unit is sliced along the drawn line. 

 Looking pretty good on this block.  

A second sewn set of geese helped me plan my ironing and practice matching points.   The design we're using has three sets of four geese, and we have 9 different fabrics.  This is going to be a million point project--with that many opportunities to cut them off :).  The final layout will be Elaine's choice.  The sample will be set aside until Elaine decides on a background fabric, on which she is leaning to a white on white dot.  I see a lot of cutting in my future!

See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times. http://www.patchworktimes.com/2013/11/18/design-wall-november-18-2013/

9 comments:

Janet O. said...

Your geese points looks excellent, Annie. Good luck continuing on with that on this "million point" project! : )

Ramona said...

I love your "sky" fabric. At first I thought you had drawn quilting lines on the fabric with a blue pen. Love the movement. Your geese are perfect!

Patrica said...

Your practice looks like my perfect - good job Annie. I can't wait to see this all important grandson quilt.

Shay said...

What a fantastic way to do flying geese! Genius.

This is a very important quilt - its going to be loved, and dragged around and probably thrown up on - I cant wait to see it when it's done.

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Uh….I must study this technique more. You sure seem to be good at it 'cause they look sooo good!!

Joyful Quilter said...

I've use that technique in the past, so nice that you don't have to deal with any bias's. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Quilter Kathy said...

This is such a fun way of sewing the geese. Looking forward to see what the layout will be.

Sarah said...

Looking very neat Annie! I bought a ruler called Fit to Be Geese earlier this year, from Open Gate Quilts. It's been the best thing for completely accurate geese for me. No matter the method or how careful I was, things were never exact enough previously.

Tanya said...

I love flying geese blocks but they seem like such a hassle to make. I'll try to remember your instructions the next time I get an urge to include flying geese in some quilt.