Block giveaway and Virtual Cookie Exchange

virtual cookie exchange 2017

The countdown is on, only 17 shopping and/or sewing days left.
Christmas time for me is “CANDY time”, I say this with some melody in my voice. Home made peanut brittle (oh so good) and home made caramel, both will create a party in your mouth. Once you have had fresh home made of these popular candies the mass production versions just will not satisfy.  In fact after you’ve had home made when you see them in the stores for sale you will turn up your nose. Most people have fond memories of Christmas morning opening presents or Christmas’s spent with loved ones no longer with us, but my fondest childhood Christmas memory is making candy with my step mother. Who knew you could make peanut brittle, caramel and taffy? You know, all the good stuff. I still love making candy and enjoy her cookbooks today. For many years I have made several batches of peanut brittle at Christmas, placed it in pretty tins and gave as gifts to a boss, family and friends.  My son always picks around the peanuts in the brittle, my husband picks the heavy peanut pieces leaving me a pretty balanced selection. The caramel, well its a very versatile candy. You can chunk it up and eat it as is but you can’t eat just 1 piece. You can make turtles or dip it in chocolate. Paint a candy tray with chocolate, add an almond and caramel and finish filling with chocolate (my favorite). If it’s chocolate, caramel and almonds…well it just doesn’t get better than that in my opinion. I think this is my favorite candy but rarely make it because I am the only one who eats it at home. It doesn’t keep as long either. If you can’t consume it in  a week or 2 you may want to share it while its at its best. Unfortunately I wont be making either this year, I’ve irritated my sciatica while loading backing on my frame and cant stand the length of time required for making candy. So, I hope you all download and make this and think of me while you enjoy it. The caramel recipe is below, click on the recipe card to download.

Blogging is new to me, so this is the first year I have participated in the Virtual Cookie Exchange hosted by Just let me quilt. Thank you Carol for all your help and for hosting this. You will find links at the bottom of this post to all the bloggers sharing in the cookie exchange.

The photo below is only one pattern option. Read on for variation and pdf download., #paperpiecing, #flyinggeese
18″ North Star quilt block with flying geese and chain

For a couple of weeks I have been working on this star block to add to For The Love of Geese  and decided I would share it with you all today. I had hoped I would have the block completed before today and normally I would have. Sitting for any length of time is very painful and after sitting at my desk for 9 hours daily I cant do so in the evenings, so there are no photos of my completed block. My test block only consisted of half of the 18″ block and was made with mismatched scraps. There are samples below of my block, I have everything pieced but have not completed joining of the templates. For this I am sorry.

Like the ol’ versatile caramel the 18″ star block offers a few choices. Flying geese or no, 4 patch blocks to create an Irish chain or no. You will need paper piecing knowledge since I have not included instructions for paper piecing and you should have experience with Y seams. Not to say a beginner could not finish this block. With a border this would make a really cool wall hanging, a pillow sham, or create an entire quilt  with the Irish chain linking multiple blocks. With  proper color placement and values you could easily create a 3d block as well. Struggle with colors?  Clever Chameleon has a great write up on color values and  on Tuesday’s adds a new Colour Inspiration pallet, I love these by the way.

This is a great block for scraps or fat quarters. Yardage estimates are not given. For my block I used left over  2- 1/2″ strips and scraps of muslin.

For adding the chain blocks you will need to piece them separately and do the math using your preferred seam allowance. If you are using 1/4″ seam allowance you will need to cut 24pcs  1- 1/4″ squares from your background fabric and 24pcs  1- 1/4″ squares from  your colored fabric to make twelve  4 patch blocks. I have marked the templates for chain placement, you can paper piece the completed 4 patch blocks to the templates  which is what I did.
Now for your options. Below the block on the left is with flying geese (lt blue), the block on the right is with the Irish chain (lt blue). You can choose the download to suite your needs. If you do not want the examples shown below you will want to download the file “North Star without flying geese”.


If you would like a block without flying geese or 4 patch blocks you will want to download  North_Star_without_flying_geese
If you would like a block with flying geese and/or chain you will want to download North_Star_with_flying_geese
Perhaps you want flying geese with no chain blocks, download the North Star with flying geese. In place of the chain patches just add a single patch of fabric.
If you want to add chain blocks but no flying geese you can download either file and refer to the color layout for placement. I’ll stop here before I make you more dizzy.
If you create something with the pattern and would like me to share it here please email a photo, include if you want your first/last name or web address shown. A link to my site is always appreciated as well.

A list of others participating:


December 5 


Edited: paper pieced God’s eye quilt block and pattern

You will still need basic paper piecing knowledge to complete the block. However, the download now includes yardage estimates and color coded templates.

If you use my pattern and share it online please give credit and add a link to my site.

16×16 God’s eye quilt block download

No curved piecing flying geese

paper pieced quilt flying geese quilt
Paper pieced For the love of geese quilt

No curved piecing, no Y seams and it’s paper pieced . It finishes at 48″ x 48″, pre quilting. Use it as wall art, a baby quilt or expand the top with your favorite blocks to make a bed sized quilt. The quilt in the photo was pieced using 2 1/2″ batik strips  and muslin yardage as the sky/background fabric. You can precut the strips for patch sizes that you are comfortable with or use as I did by turning the strips for best fit on the next patch. There was very little waste by piecing this way. Recommended strip widths for background fabric are included in the directions for piecing with strips. Keep in mind, fabric yardage and the numbers of strips for the geese are estimates. The estimates were calculated from the 3 tops I completed, with the greatest number of fabric from each top being noted as the recommended yardage. If you are not a confident paper piecer with a high comfort level for turning and you will cut the strips prior to piecing you may need to purchase additional fabric.

The pattern includes full sized templates but it will require 33 pieces of 8.5″ x 14″ legal size paper for full sized border templates (1 file) along with 8.5″ x 11″ letter size paper for the remainder of the pattern. If you do not want the additional expense of or do not have legal size on hand, you will only need to print file #2.. The border pieces will need to be taped together and cut apart if you are NOT using size 8.5″ x 14″ paper

One of the tops I pieced together I’ve left untouched, I plan to add blocks to make it a full sized quilt. When I can’t say for sure. Perhaps when I am done with my current project. I’m sure if you are reading this and seeing the same quilt again you’re thinking, “gee I hope she gets over this quilt soon”.  If you have ever had or currently have a blog its a little easier to understand. Getting your blog “out there” , making it visible on the web has proven not to be an easy task but I am getting there.  More of my quilt photos are showing up in image searches so I must be doing something correctly. From personal experience I also know that when I come across a blog I don’t always read back through previous posts. As my comfort level grows I’m certain my content will also.

And then there’s the new domain name. Lets not forget Norton 😦 It is so difficult to raise their attention to the fact that does not allow code to be manipulated. Therefor I cannot add their requested files to have my site scanned and approved. When my site comes up in a google search it had the dreaded shaded Norton logo. If you noticed the post titled Norton, that is me trying to get them to scan me. Wish me luck, its been 2 days now.

For the love of geese is now for sale

The pattern is for sale on Craftsy. The web link or  go to Craftsy and search For the love of geese. Hope to see  you there.paper pieced quilt flying geese quilt

For the love of geese quilt

paper pieced quilt flying geese quiltThe name may be a little confusing to non-quilters but give me a few minutes of your time and you will understand. First of all I am not a bird lover, I am a  quilter and that is what this blog is about.

Due to the lack of complete quilt patterns with flying geese or patterns with instructions that were more complex than the actual piecing I began penciling quilt layouts on graph paper.
My red and white medallion quilt was born.

quilt red and white, #paperpieced quilt

The requests for a pattern was so overwhelming after I posted it on Facebook and a quilting group I belong to. Unfortunately I hadn’t kept a diary on fabric yardages, sashing dimensions or tips. It was a lot of work and going back to start from the beginning was not something I was ready to do at the time. Perhaps there is a blue and white medallion in my future?
In all honesty, other than the center medallion that I drafted, anyone can recreate this quilt or one similar. All of the blocks used are common blocks found all over the internet for free.
Flying geese, I love them.  They are versatile and there is just something about the clean straight lines on a finished block that draws my attention.  If pieced properly the top point is almost magnified, it glows, it demands and draws my attention. It doesn’t matter if they are pieced traditionally, paper pieced, speed pieced or 1 seam (3d) flying geese, I love them and want them. They are incorporated into almost every quilt I make.
So on with my quest to find that perfect quilt pattern with A LOT of flying geese and of course I wanted a circle of geese but not just 1 circle and it must be straight piecing. NO CURVED PIECING.  Because I was successful with the circling geese in the red and white quilt, (no curved piecing) I expanded on that pattern. First I pieced a sample quilt with scraps. Other than a few errors on my part with color placement it went together well.  So I started keeping a diary for fabric requirements and instructions. The pattern “For the love of geese” will be for sale soon.
There is no curved piecing and no Y seams.  With a little math and your favorite blocks you could easily expand this quilt.  You could use it as a medallion on point/straight or place your favorite blocks around the circling geese center prior to sewing on the border.
Stay tuned, I’ve been working on expanding this pattern.