Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Flying Geese

I am trying something new for me this month. I've decided to just work on one thing at a time! LOL. My quilt guild will have their next show in April, and I've decided that Riviera Star, which is based on Judy Niemeyer's Prairie Star foundations, will be my main entry. So I made a plan, and if I stick to it I'll have the top done by August.

Today I finished the eight Flying Geese units. Here they are laid out with the Melon Spike units I made previously:


I think it's looking promising. It certainly meets my dad's requirement to be "lively!" It's fun to play around with the pieces, too:


I've given myself two and a half weeks to sew the next group, which will combine with these units into square blocks. I've also changed my colourway a bit, which I'll tell you about tomorrow. Onwards!

10 comments:

  1. There's nothing like a plan and a deadline to get you motivated! I've never done curved flying geese, so I'm very impressed!

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! The whole quilt is pieced on foundations, so at least there was no math to worry about. Overall, I am really liking the Judy Niemeyer pattern -- it seems to be a pretty easy way to get a dramatic result! As long as you don't stray too much from the pattern...

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  2. Can't wait to see the rest. I toyed with the idea of taking a Judy Niemeyer class in a couple of weeks from a certified instructor. But I didn't like the pattern that was chosen and balked at the task of collecting 48 different batik fat quarters for the project. All the cutting has to be accomplished prior to the class as well. I bowed out.

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen! I don't think you really need a class to do one of these quilts. They recommend a lot of extra steps with templates, etc. that I think are unnecessarily complicated, just to save on fabric. I took all my own measurements and did my own fabric calculations, and so far it is going well. Some of the quilts can be really spectacular. I have been considering another one too, but first I'll finish this one!

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  3. Love your flying geese! That is going to be a beautiful quilt!

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  4. this is looking good, have not seen the spiral geese before, looks rather fiddly and complicated too.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! Once you learn foundation paper piecing, you can do all kinds of things with the same process. To me it is less fiddly than traditional piecing. It's worth looking into!

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  5. It's a stunning effect- and amazingly versatile. Really interested to see how it progresses.

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