Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Flying Geese Quilt Top : :

Flying Geese Quilt Top

I finished up my first new quilt top of the year early this past Sunday morning. I absolutely love it! It's made using the same flying geese measurements as I share in my Soaring High quilt pattern for Cloud9 Fabrics and my Blogger's Choice bundle for the Fat Quarter Shop!

Flying Geese Quilt Top

When I was invited to create a Blogger's Choice bundle, I had no particular color scheme in mind, and found it a little difficult to choose from just those fabrics newly available this month. Knowing that it would be available for January, I wanted it to feel like Winter and in the end settled with a collection of icy blue-green, pale grays, creamy whites, dark teal, a few saffron yellows, black, and purples. It has a much different feel than the fabrics I've been using these past couple weeks, a welcomed change and chance to do something a little different!

Flying Geese Quilt Top

To make this quilt, I made lots and lots of geese and sewed them randomly together going every which way. I was having fun and was working fast!

Flying Geese -- Scrappy!

Flying Geese -- Solids!

I plan to see about sending this one into Melissa of Sewing Shabby Quilting to work her quilting magic with something that will compliment all these flying geese. I can't wait to see it finished!

Flying Geese Quilt Top

Maureen 

73 comments:

  1. That looks incredible. I love your fabric choices!

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  2. LOVE this would love to get the pattern you used!

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    1. I improvised and don't have an exact pattern to share, only to link to my flying geese pattern here for the geese unit measurements -- http://cloud9fabrics.com/blog/Projects/SoaringHighQuilt.pdf

      Have fun with it!!

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  3. This is gorgeous!

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  4. Absolutely stunning! I love the colours.

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  5. oh please share the pattern--how can & where can we get this--Thanks

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    1. For this quilt I improvised, making up the design as I sewed, but linked above to both the free pattern I wrote that shares the fabric measurements you'll need to make the flying geese, as well as the link to where you can purchase the fabrics.

      After several requests for a pattern, when I find the time I do plan to share more of how these geese units can be placed randomly to get this effect.

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  6. The color combination you used is lovely. Did you map out the whole pattern on paper or did you just start randomly putting the geese together?

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    1. Thank you Jerry! This one was all improvised from the very beginning. However, I knew after making my Soaring High quilt that these geese units could work together in multiple size groupings. Example: Two Geese sewn together placed vertical are the same size as two geese sewn together placed horizontal, making this the perfect chance to play with both making them solid and scrappy and with how they could be randomly placed as my quilt grew. It was very fun!!

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  7. WOW, this is gorgeous! Amazing color picks and quilt design!

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  8. Maureen this is sooooooo perfect!! I love your bundle! I have a bundle of anna maria horner's Dowry : DO you think it could work to make this kind of design?? along with some solids?

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    1. Well, it's my opinion that Anna Maria Horner fabrics, Dowry or any other of her collections, work perfectly for anything!! She's a favorite of mine!! I have some Dowry and her True Colors on the way for me to make a second Herringbone quilt with, I can't wait!!

      Oh, and there will be a BIG Giveaway, too!!

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    2. thank you so much Maureen for taking the time to answer! you are a perfect!

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  9. Love it Love it Love it. I love your picture with the snow around the quilt. Awesome.

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    1. Well, with Winter as my color inspiration the snow photos were an absolute must, even though I froze getting them!! :)

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  10. Will you be selling this as a kit with the pattern and fabric. Id love to try this.

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    1. For this quilt I improvised, making up the design as I sewed, but linked above to both the free pattern I wrote that shares the fabric measurements you'll need to make the flying geese, as well as the link to where you can purchase the fabrics.

      After several requests for a pattern, when I find the time I do plan to share more of how these geese units can be placed randomly to get this effect.

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  11. Beautiful work. I always love the effect of so many randomly placed geese.

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  12. Gorgeous quilt!!! Love the Downton Abbey fabrics mixed in with the modern prints!!

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    1. Thank Emily! Yes, when I saw that the Downton Abbey Fabrics would be available for me to choose from I had to add a few of them in! Are you a fan of the show? I LOVE it!!

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  13. It's so pretty! I love flying geese. Looking forward to getting my blocks assembled soon.

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  14. This is just fabulous Maureen! The random geese in these beautiful colors knock my socks off!

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  15. wow, that is absolutely beautiful!

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  16. This looks great! I love the colors and the spontaneity of the placement of the geese.

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  17. Utterly fantastic (as usual). Every time you make something, it is always better than the last. Congratulations on getting this one done. It's so beautiful.

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  18. I need an automatic reply to your quilt blog posts saying, "it's stunning", because they ALWAYS are!!

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  19. I'm always excited when I see a post from you in my bloglovin feed -- it's such a great aesthetic break in my workday. This quilt is beautiful and really inspiring. Thanks, and thank you for the beautiful quilt photos you take!

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  20. I love the randomness of the flying geese. Can't wait to see it quilted!

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  21. I love the fabrics. I am new to quilting and wonder how you always pick the perfect combinations to use in your beautiful quilts. I am afraid to order fabric online as I need to see the colors and feel the fabric. There is only one very small Joann's within a 70 mile radius so my choices are very limited.

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    1. All of my sponsors, you can find their ads along my right sidebar, carry quality designer fabrics and I do have my favorite manufacturers, too! I recommend buying a fat eight bundle of a collection you really love, add in some solids, and begin there. That's how I started sewing! :) Lots of shops also carry blogger bundles and color inspiration bundles which makes it easy too! I need to write a post on color and how I choose fabrics, but honestly it's all very natural for me and is my most favorite part!

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  22. Such a beautiful quilt as usual Maureen. I love your color choices especially the pop of Saffron. Yummy!! I'm a sucker for flying geese, if only I could master those pointed little devils.

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  23. wow this is just wonderful. I love how the geese fly in different directions giving the quilt motion. thanks for sharing

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  24. You are just the busiest quilter I know!
    I really like this random quilt!

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  25. A beautiful quilt, Maureen! Love your color choices.

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  26. What a striking quilt to photograph in the snow!

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    1. I think snow always makes the prettiest backdrop, but with these colors I especially love how they turned out. Thanks Kaesey!!

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  27. Beautiful collection of fabrics, Maureen, and they all are flying nicely together!!

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  28. This quilt looks so stunning against the snow! Fabulous project!

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    1. Thank you so much! I was so cold taking these photos, glad it paid off!! :)

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  29. Great fabric choices!! Geese must have flown much farther south this year with all the winter weather we are having! ;-)

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  30. This quilt is so you. The colours, oooooh the colours. Utterly gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks, Irene! This one was really fun, I can't wait to see it finished!

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  32. That was so quick!! I love it. I love its organised randomness. I really like random or improv quilts, but only if they end up still looking 'together' and not entirely disjointed or awkward.

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  33. Oh I love the fabrics you chose!!! And the flying geese are fabulous! One look and I was thinking of quilting designs to use on it...I'd love to know how my ideas match with your quilter's ideas! Please post close-up pictures of the quilting when you get it back!!

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  34. Love everything about this quilt top...colors and patterns and the design is so fresh and modern...Can't wait to see it quilted!

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  35. The flying geese work so well with the graphic fabric! I wasn't sure about the scrappy parts, but I think they play off the traditional geese really well.

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  36. Oh it's soooo pretty! I wanna snuggle under that (once it's done of course).

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  37. Oh I dream of making a quilt as beautiful as this.

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  38. Love the graphic look of your geese!

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  39. Your quilts and color choices are so inspiring. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  40. I love it...the patterning, the colors..it's severe eye candy for me!

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  42. This quilt is incredible! I love flying geese, and have always admired the "random" layouts that can be made with them. The colors all work perfectly too!

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  43. just stumbled upon this beauty and would like to add my vote for the pattern....or at least a full shot of the quilt so that I can try to do something similar. i want this on my bed, STAT!!

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