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Nov 30

Homeward Bound Block

Candi at Raccoon Creek Quilts hosts a monthly challenge with a new challenge every month.  This month’s challenge was to design and make a block.  I was on the fence for a while about it because I kept thinking, “What if someone already made the block I designed and made and I don’t know about it?”  I had an idea in my mind,  so I checked the Quilter’s Cache website to see if it was there, and I didn’t find it.  I figured that I would give it a shot.  So, I don’t know if this block has been made before, but it was new to me and I made paper piecing templates and everything on my own.  Here it is!

This picture doesn’t do the purples and greens justice.  They are much more vibrant in real life.  Basically, it is flying geese headed toward home coming from all directions.  I already have an idea to make a christmas quilt with this design.  I thought of other ways to make this block, which were as simple as leaving the center square all one color, either having it be all the home base color, or having it all be background color.  I think all three would look great for this quilt.

I originally wanted to call this block “Flying Home.”  After searching google for “Flying Home Quilt” and “Flying Home Quilt Block” I decided to choose another name.  So, Homeward Bound it is.

Thanks, Candi, for hosting this challenge.



Feb 16

Workshop in progress

I am linking in with Naptime Quilter’s Workshop in Progress.

First, I would like to say a “Thank You!”  to Cheryl for putting this together.  It has helped me immensely.  All of your advice has been gratefully received.

Two weeks ago, I posted a question about PFD (Prepared for dyeing) fabric, and thank you for all of your comments.  I felt confident cutting into that fabric and was able to begin making my half square triangles.  I am basically doing a “stash buster” where I’m trying to use as much of the fabric I have on hand as possible without going back to the store.  So far, so good 🙂  I have made and squared up all of my HST’s and I have sewn 6 out of 22 rows (of 18) together.

I have also been working on making paper piecing templates for my block “Bursting Star” and a new block “Bursting diamond.”  I hope to have these up in PDF format soon, but I first want to make a whole quilt using these style of blocks, so stay tuned…

And currently in my machine is a project that has been begging to be finished for almost a year.

This quilt was inspired by Red Pepper Quilt’s Modern Flying Geese quilt.  I was stuck at deciding how to quilt this thing.  Meandering?  Some other free motion quilting pattern?  Straight stitch?  A combination?  Well, I’ve started, but I’m not yet complete.  Right now, I just have the two lines next to the top of the triangles.

Quilt Back

I’m still debating on whether to add more lines (and wavy lines) parallel with the zig zag lines, or should I fill in the large zig-zag spaces with free motion meandering?  Either way would look cool on the back, but I think adding more lines would look the best.  The jury is still out.  What do you think?

Edited to add:  I decided just to stick with the two lines of quilting, but I have another question.  What charities are accepting donated quilts?  I think I might just donate this one…


Aug 25

Flying geese, Blue and Yellow.

I have  seen multiple quilts featuring flying geese (Red Pepper Quilt’s inspired me), and i figured it was about time I tried some.  I’ve been wanting to make a blue and yellow quilt for some time, and since I had a few fabrics with bold print, I decided to go big!

I found a site explaining “no waste flying geese” method, and so I cut my pieces to make an eventual 6 in. X 12 in. block.  Then, draw, sew, cut, iron…draw, sew, cut, and iron.  I drew a line down the middle of each smaller square (the outside of the triangle) by placing the fabric on a piece of sandpaper to keep the fabric in place.  That way, the fabric doesn’t move under the pressure of the pencil as I draw.  Best tip I’ve learned yet!

After I had finished cutting and ironing all of my “geese,” I noticed a problem.  Apparently, I am NOT a perfect sewer (does it bother anyone else that the word sewer-one who sews, is spelled the same as sewer-where excrement goes?).  My flying geese were all over the place.  So, I had to crop them down (or some may say square them up).

Flying geese

My tools

I had to cut about 1/2 inch from the height to square them all up properly, and enough from the width to make the final block 5.5 in. X 11 in.  Yes, I probably could have cut only 1/4 of an inch, but I would have literally been cutting it very close on a lot of blocks.  So, here is an  idea of how much I had to strip off of each block:

Flying geese after being cropped

Before and after

Now that the blocks are cropped, I am ready to sew!

Flying geese layout

6 blocks wide, 17 long.

My Singer Touch and Sew has been crippled from all of my sewing.  I can piece a quilt together on it, but I can’t stipple anymore because it keeps skipping stitches.  I took it in to get fixed, and even after new tension springs and a new bobbin case, still no good.  Looks like I’m getting myself a new machine….


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