Last year, Fat Quarter Shop hosted the Patchwork Quilt Along featuring 5" versions of several traditional blocks. I thought the small blocks were adorable and would look fabulous in my long-hoarded Chicopee fabrics.
I added in some coordinating solids and paired all that yummy color with Kona Bone.
I had originally thought I would frame the blocks in Bone and then add a darker solid for sashing since I wanted to omit the border in the original quilt. I nixed that idea because I felt it made the quilt a bit too busy. However, I had already framed the blocks, so I just left them that way when I pieced the top.
I wanted a lot of texture, so I quilted it with a one-inch irregular grid using 50 wt. Aurifil 2021 (Natural White). I'm not a big fan of rigid straight line quilting, so I rarely mark my quilts. I just eyeballed it, using the seams as guidelines.
I had enough Chicopee left to piece the back, but it would have used up most of my remaining stash...and I'm not quite ready to quit hoarding it yet. I came across this floral print which perfectly coordinates and I added in some of the solid scraps from the top.
I did use some of my Chicopee scraps to make a scrappy binding. I love the way it looks. You can see it a bit better in the picture below...
I snapped this pic immediately before the quilt fell to the ground. (Talk about good timing!)
This one is a nice throw size - it measures approximately 52" x 60" after washing. I think I'm keeping it - and throwing it over the back of the couch until I find the perfect reading chair...
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Y'all. Look at these wonky triangles!
This quilt was made on a whim. I was organizing my scraps and realized I had soooo many blue and green squares. I'm talking a 10-to-1 ratio compared to other colors. If anyone was confused about my favorite colors, there should be no question now! As I was planning, I decided to add in some yellows, just to add a bit of warmth.
This one came together quickly, and it was fun to pair up those contrasting colors, stack 'em, and whack 'em. This is a great design if you're looking for something with high visual impact without a lot of excessive detail.
I quilted this one with an irregular grid. I only marked the horizontal and vertical center points of each block just to give me a point of reference to eyeball while quilting the straightish lines. I didn't want the lines to be perfectly straight, but I also did not want them to veer off course too much. The lines are not equally spaced. This is on purpose as I wanted to accentuate the wonky factor. I used variegated green 50 weight Aurifl (4653 Spring Prairie).
This quilt is backed and bound with a coordinating batik. I also included some leftover triangle blocks on the back to add interest. After washing, this one measures approximately 54"x65".
This quilt has been sold. If you're interested in commissioning something similar, or something different for that matter, just contact me.
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Excited to share this Flying Geese quilt today. This was made as a gift for my uncle.
When designing this quilt, I kept going back and forth between using shades of brown or shades of grey. I'm so glad I decided to use both because I think it adds a layer of dimension and keeps things interesting. Although, I think it's that column in the middle, featuring the more greige geese and they white diamond, that brings it all together.
I'm very pleased with the quilting. Originally I thought I'd just do vertical lines. I quilted about five before I decided that wasn't working for me. This quilt has so much negative space; and, while straight lines are my favorite, this one just needed something different. So I ripped those lines, stared at the quilt for about a week, and then decided on this. It's still straight lines, just on the diagonal and quilted at different angles.
I couldn't sign off without sharing an image of the back. I used a wide back print from the Eclectic Elements collection by Tim Holtz. Not only does it include shades of brown and grey used in the flying geese, but it was a time saver since I didn't have to piece my backing or worry about straight seam lines on the back.
The quilt finally arrived in LA this past Monday and I am happy to report that my uncle was pleased with his gift.
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