I seem to be particularly drawn to teal & burgundy fabrics lately. I was able to find most of these jems in my stash but decided I needed something to make them 'pop out' so I raided my CC's stash and found a gold fabric that had teal & burgundy in its pattern. Perfect!
I've never attempted flying geese blocks and I made it much harder than I needed to. Essentially I cut fabric three times before I actually got the right combination. First I reversed my fabric layout cutting into small squares the fabric I needed for the larger squares. Next I used the wrong size large squares. After puzzling over my wacky blocks I finally figured it out. Guess that comes from working fast and furious late at night at the end of the month.
Once I corrected all my mistakes, it didn't take long to put these blocks together thanks to a tutorial from Poplun on Flying Geese.
I quilted the top by stitching in the ditch in each of the blocks using my new 'stitch in the ditch' presser foot. (I didn't know such a thing existed until I peeked in the promo sewing bag I got with my new machine!) It made it so easy. On the sashing I stitched a simple pattern from a wonderful book: Quilting Dot to Dot Patterns for Today's Machine Quilter by Cheryle Barnes.
You can check out the book at American Quilter's Society or Golden Threads
What would I do differently next time?
- Not use a pencil to transfer the quilting pattern to the quilting paper (I know better than that!)
- Invest in a Quilter's Assistant Proportional Scale and maybe even a flying geese template
- Not wait until the last week of the month