Gone are the days of symmetrical flying geese

flying geese: paper pieced quilt: 2 color quilt: quilting: fortheloveofgeese.comWell on my way through the next set of blocks and I have to say it was right on time. As much as I love and am glad I made the wind rose (or compass) it was getting a little boring. Because of all the little pieces crammed into such a small space I felt like I was never going to reach the bottom of that pile. It took 20 minutes to piece each template.   As I progressed  I found myself thinking how badly I needed to clean my closest.  I thought about my previous post and how spot on I was, did you read my last post ? There was light at the end of this tunnel.

These flying geese sections are much larger and I am able to use strips to piece them.  Even so, I have a lot more waste than other quilts I have pieced with strips.  Because of their size I am able to put these together in half the time of  the wind rose sections. Stretching the geese adds movement to the quilt that previously could only be accomplished through quilting if you knew what you were doing. Seriously, how do you add movement to the quilt with quilting? I’ve not figured that out yet.  Adding depth or dimension  through quilting I understand. Adding movement to a quilt through fabric design and color placement  I also understand. Maybe, the more I quilt I will eventually understand what they mean by adding movement through quilting.

When applique was my craft of choice I made mostly Sam and Sue quilt blocks. Once I made a block of Sam running (see below) from a dog with a sling shot in his back pocket. With that block creating movement was easy. You could see he was running, the dog was running after him and the sling shot was flailing behind. Apologies for the poor photo. sunbonnet sa,: paper piecing: quilt: paper pieced quiltA few squiggly lines behind either or both would have shown movement. Creating movement thru stitching on a quilt is quite different and something I doubt I will fret over.

2 thoughts on “Gone are the days of symmetrical flying geese”

    1. If you figure it out please let me know, seriously. I’ve read where others say they have added movement to their quilts with quilting. It must come with many years experience that I haven’t yet reached.

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