Modern Flying Geese

It always starts with fabric that catches your eye, doesn’t it? At least in my case it does. I almost never have a quilt plan in place before I look for fabric. It’s usually the other way around.

Yesterday, I had a chance to attend a sewing in with my local modern quilt guild. It’s exactly like it sounds: a bunch of quilters getting together at a fabric shop or some other location (this time it was at one of my favorite shops in my area) to sew and chat and get inspired and have a good time.

I brought a garish black/red/gray project with me that is, thankful, been scrapped. However, having the opportunity to be at one of my favorite shops, I had to buy something, right? Of course! Ha!

I picked up seven fat quarters from Art Gallery Fabrics Prism Elements line: Warm Thulite, Apricot Sunstone, Solar Quartz, Pagoda Gem, Larimar Sea, Matte Zirconia, and Sapphire Sparkle. You can see them here at Art Gallery Fabric’s website. I had no idea what to do with them when I got them home, but inspiration strikes at all hours, doesn’t it?

I’ve been working with precuts (i.e. charm packs, layer cakes, jelly rolls….mmmmm jelly rolls…) so having a handful of bright fat quarters usually makes me a little nervous.

After the kids were put to bed and my Saturday shows were watched and mulled over, I thought I’d get a little Pinterest inspiration and looking up “modern flying geese.” There were so many ideas! At about 1AM, I came up with this:

MODERN-GEESE

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It’s roughly a throw size quilt, about 54″ x 72″. That’s the maximum size I can comfortable quilt with my home machine and since I don’t have a long arm, it will have to do.  The design is not entirely original as there are many quilters who have showcased similar set-ups, but I think it is a fresh arrangement on a classic block.  By the way, if you’re new to making flying geese, check out Fons and Porters no-waste flying geese tutorial on YouTube.

Today, I’ve worked most of the morning on getting my geese cut out. I used a cheapy Keepsake Calico Corners printer in Textured Tonal Gray from Joann Fabrics (got to love coupons!)

I think the gray texture gives a little more dimension in a flat solid gray. It really does look amazing next to the prints.  All that’s left on today’s quilt docket is to finish sewing, cutting, and pressing the geese. Tomorrow I’m hoping to cut the rest of the background and assemble. Stay tuned!

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