Mosaic Quilt QAL


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Mosaic Quilt

Today is the day I hope you enjoy creating this quilt as much as I have. The pattern was inspired by a mosaic floor dated 150-200 AD. To make the quilt a little larger I added a flying geese border and what I call an arch border. The arch border also comes from an early mosaic floor that I’ve adapted to a quilt block. What drew my attention to this mosaic floor, all of the flying geese of course. Did you know what we call flying geese today have been around that long?

This is my first QAL I have hosted and I have never participated in one so forgive me if this isn’t your typical QAL. If you have not read my previous posts on this QAL here is a recap plus additional information if you have been following my blog.

It will last 5 months.

The first month you will be completing the 4 corner blocks. The corner blocks with seam allowance are 17.5″ x 17.5″.

2nd month will also be 4 blocks, these blocks will sit inside the corner blocks.  Think of a 9 patch block, you have the 4 corner squares, the 4 squares that sit between the corners and the very center block.

3rd month will be just 1 block, the very center block. This will also give you much needed time to catch up if you fall behind on the blocks from the 2 previous months.

4th and 5th months you will be completing both borders.

The 14th of every month a new download will be added and the previous months download will come down. Yardage estimates are given on the supply sheet for the entire quilt in the first month. The yardage is also broken down just in case you would like to use specific colors for the 2 outside borders and the sashing shown in dark blue in the photo below. The supply sheet, the color layout sheets and the coloring sheet are not duplicated in the March thru June downloads.

Before you print your download locate the size reference page. Print that page only. Make sure the line measures 1″ before printing the remaining file.  This will save on paper and frustration. If it does not measure exactly 1″ you could still use the templates as long as the settings remain the same each additional month.

This is the 1″ test line
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Four corners. Do not join these blocks. These are your corner blocks.


The finished block measures 17″ x 17″ .  17 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ with seam allowance.

What is included in the February download.

2 color layouts. 1 layout with dark fabric for the sashing (rectangle) strips and 1 with the fabric matching the geese sky (background) fabric. This printout shows fabric side up.

1 Colored layout identifying the blocks and borders, fabric side up.

1 Coloring sheet to help you decide on fabric colors, fabric side up.

Supply list

Template pages

1 layout diagram for the current block. This will be paper side up.  Not only will the diagram help you identify template placement and geese direction, it will also help with color placement if you have a specific color order you would like to follow.

Size reference page. This should be the first page you print. Check the line to make sure it measures 1″. Your printer settings should be set to 1) no scaling  2) margins at .25  3) print to actual size. There is no way for me to instruct you on printer settings. This page will also give block specific information for the current month. It will tell you how many copies of the template pages you will need to print. It also instructs you on constructing the block.

There is nothing I dislike more than precutting my fabric so anytime I can find a way around it I take it.  For this quilt I am using New Aged Muslin by Marcus Fabric fat quarters for the geese and yardage for the sashing and 200 thread count natural muslin by Choice Fabrics for my sky fabric. All of these were cut into 2″ strips.   No other precutting was done. If you choose to precut further you will need to figure the dims for the patches. I do ask that you at least give piecing with strips a try first, you might be surprised. The time saved alone is well worth it.


From assorted colored fabric: cut 44 strips 2″ x 18″ (if using fat quarters) or for 44″ wide fabric cut  22 strips 2″ x 44″ (see explanation below)

From my 3 fat quarter  bundles I precut 22 of them into 2″ strips that were 18″ wide. These were used for the flying geese patches on the corner blocks, all different colors. The first stack of 22 I used all of the strips.  My next stack of 22 strips finished out the remainder of the 4 blocks, with half of each of these 22 strips remaining. If  you are using 44″ wide fabric and NOT fat quarters, start with 22 strips cut at 2″ x wof. Depending on your comfort level with paper piecing these 22 or 44  strips should be enough to piece all the geese in these 4 blocks with fabric remaining from each strip. If you start with more than a quarter of an inch on any paper patch you may need more than the 22 strips.


For your sashing or rectangle blocks between the geese: begin with 10 strips 2″ x 44″. (see explanation below)

From dark blue fabric that I used as sashing between the geese, I cut 10 strips that are 44″ wide. The 4 corner blocks are complete and  I have yet to use all 10 strips. They will also be used in March blocks.  I suggest you don’t go wild and cut all of your fabric into 2″ strips. Doing so may  leave you with a pile of unused strips. When I add a patch to be stitched I barely have any fabric hanging over the 1/4″ trim line, I call his piecing tight. You may not feel as confident as I and leave 1/2″ or more fabric around the geese that will need to be trimmed. For these reasons, you are better off cutting your strips as you go. Returning to your cutting board to cut more strips is better IMO than precutting all of your fabric to fit each individual patch.


Background or sky fabric. Because these triangles are so small and there are so many flying geese in this quilt I started with 10 2″x wof strips. If you are piecing all the blocks with strips, this is the fabric you will have the most waste from.


Piecing with strips.

After sewing the strip onto the paper, trim as usual with your add a quarter ruler and set the strip aside with the angled cut. The next time you use this strip you will just turn and flip the strip at the best angle for coverage of  the next patch making sure the shape on the template is covered leaving at least 1/4″ for your seam allowance. See pictorial for photos. Instead of having a pile of squares, rectangles and triangles too small to do anything else with you will have  much smaller pieces and narrow strips to throw away.

The 2 links below are self described.

Pictorial created while piecing this block. Opens in new tab.

Tips and tools I use. May provide information you find useful. Also opens in a new tab.

Joining the templates to form the block

Organize templates
With layout diagram close at hand, organize templates to duplicate the diagram before joining.
Step 2
Join templates A & B. Join templates C & D. Then join the two combined templates.

When joining templates I only use 3 pins at a time.  Line up your corners with pins then place another pin in the center to make sure these lines are lined up. If everything is straight I then place the smallest dab of liquid Elmers washable school glue within the seam allowance and staying at least 1/2″ away from corners or heavy seams. For instance, in the photo above I placed 3 dots of glue between the pins. Finger press, then using  a hot iron, iron the templates to dry the glue. Naturally you do not have to follow my method, what ever works for you is fine.  After being stuck by a pin left in  a quilt in the middle of the night 20+ years ago and having one of my furry friends pick up a straight pin off the floor I no longer use more pins than I can keep track of. 3 is a good number for me.

Step 3
Join template E to your pinwheel block.
Step 4
Join template F to the top of the pinwheel.
Step 5
Join templates G & H, join templates I & J. Then join to the sides of the pinwheel block.


step 6
step 6
Join templates M & N and templates K & L. Keeping in mind my photo shows fabric side up and block diagram is paper side up. Join the M/N templates to the top of the block, then join the K/L templates to the side. Your block is now complete.















© All rights reserved. Free patterns are just that.  You may download this free for each month pattern for your own personal use but may not offer it as a free download or for sale.  No sharing, please direct any interested friends to this page. The patterns I offer are either created by me,  created from misc. public  domain images or quilt blocks from previous generations. If you create an item from a pattern offered by me and post it online I would greatly appreciate a link back to me giving credit. By downloading this pattern you agree to the before mentioned terms.

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Enzo1It’s just too cold outside to hang this for photos. This quilt is definitely Enzo approved. After I removed it from the frame I laid it on the floor face down for photos. Before I could get my camera ready Enzo had already struck a pose. After my photos I put him outside, threw the quilt over the couch for front view photos. He came back in and while I was adding wood to the stove he had claimed his spot again, love this guy.

Enough about him. This quilt is full of feathers, some look nice, some I am not happy with but I am still learning. The backside of a quilt is always my favorite to look at, like I said, I laid it on the floor face down  first. Technically I’ve been quilting on a frame for a little over a year. But if you subtract the 6 months I owned a pos long arm from a no name company I haven’t been quilting very long. The first LA was full of mismatched parts and there was a constant tension issue. At first I thought it was me, the manufacturer wasn’t any help, so I set out to find others who also owned this machine. Trust me people when I say take negative reviews to heart.  The tension issues have since been fixed by a group of persistent ladies, again with no help from the manufacturer. Fortunately though I had an opportunity to purchase a hand guided Gammill with a 12′ frame reasonably and I just could not pass it up. There have been no issues with this machine and I have quilted several, large and small quilts with it. Now that I have the correct tools to work with I can only improve from here.

We live in an earth home and the only windows are southwest facing. Its cold and dreary outside today so taking photos was near impossible. But I was and am so excited to finally finishing up I had to share it with someone.  The weather will warm and the sun will eventually come out from behind the clouds and better pictures will follow. Stay warm.

A few updates

The Wind Rose  is on my frame and I started the quilting today. I’ve settled on feathers, I will stitch feathers over the entire quilt. Please ignore the wonky lines in the center, they are coming out.
wind rose quilt, paperpiedingquilt

Next month I will be releasing a quilt pattern, instructions for a babysized quilt if all goes well with my testers, but could be adapted to a  much larger quilt.

I’ll also be sharing the below quilt pattern as a sew along with my followers. A facebook group has been setup to share and communicate as we go, not required.  Including this pattern I have 2 other irons in the fire and have to put out 2 of them prior to sharing this sew along.  The pattern below will be a variation of what we will be working on. The outside design has been changed a couple times but the center will remain. If you are interested in joining in you will need to follow me. When we are ready to start I will give a heads up by email letting you all know as well as posting the final drawing here.

I hope you are all well and stitching away, if so I have a lot of catching up to do. Stay warm yall.

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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.

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December 5 


The Wind Rose quilt


Now the top is finished it’s time to decide how to quilt it. It has been suggested that I send it away to a more  experienced quilter for custom quilting. Of course that is an option however I think this will stay in house. If I pay for custom quilting I wont want to give it away and I could never recover my time and expense selling it. Neither have been considered at this point.

The background fabric is Quilters Choice muslin, the blue, red and green are Moda solids. The entire quilt was paper pieced and the best part,  NO CURVED PIECING. The medallion, all geese and the maltese crosses were drawn on paper, graph paper. I love the way the first geese border surrounds the medallion.

Ignore the wrinkles. It was warm and humid yesterday morning when I carried it to the shed to take a photo. I had to hang it around my neck and the humidity took quick action on the cotton. Quilting suggestions welcome if you have any.

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Un-quilted Wind Rose Quilt


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#paper pieced quilt #flying geese quilt #compass quilt #wind rose quiltMy wind rose is almost complete, 2 borders and a sashing is all that remains. I’m really glad I stayed true to the original and added a white border to the points. The rest of the blocks for the quilt are done I just have to sew them all together and add them to the quilt. The outside border blocks, well I am up in the air about them.  They are pieced and sewn in halves, I just cant decide if I want full blocks or half blocks.   I’m really glad I decided to trim the compass with the curved flying geese, I love the way it frames the compass.

When I began drawing this I started thinking about different ways to quilt it. In the beginning I thought I would quilt straight lines to resemble a Portolan Chart. Now I am not so sure.

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My Wind Rose

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Wind rose

My medallion is almost complete. Its laid out in pieces just so I could finally see my work. Its a little haphazard right now but so far so good. The background fabric is my favorite muslin, I used white as a highlighter behind the red and blue points on the outside circle. It was also used as points for the inside circle. The white will be more clear once it is all sewn together.

The block will be set on point in the quilt with the blue needle in the center row pointing north. To square the block there will be stretched flying geese to form the triangles for all 4 sides. This too will be more clear once its sewn together. When I reach this point in any quilt I start getting excited , I took this photo a couple hours ago and I am still grinning ear to ear. I’ve made other compasses but in my opinion, this is the most wonderful wind rose I have created. I can only hope I did it justice. Colors, why  I chose them. If you look at the actual map i pulled it from, you will see I tried to duplicate the colors. With a little less gray. The colors to me seem to create  dimension to the medallion.

Courtesy of Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street | New Haven, CT 06511

You can click on this link, Yale University and see this map and others. It will also allow you to zoom. You have to let me know if you view the map, does my Wind Rose resemble Jorge Aguair map, his is the 3rd one down?

paper pieced pattern: flying geese pattern: quilt patterns: circling geese pattern: no curved piecing circling geese: red and white medallion quilt: Grafton,Il:Jorge Aguiar 1492 map
Jorge Aguiar 1492 explorers map. This is where it all started for me,rd rd one down.
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Fall weather has now arrived here in Southern Illinois and I admit I am pleased. There’s nothing better that opening the windows during the day and the smell of all of natures wonders blowing in my windows. I’m weird but I love the smell of decaying leaves in the woods. Sleeping is more restful with the windows open a couple inches and the crisp night air blowing in. Cuddling under a couple quilts made by my own hands, reaching up and touching your nose knowing if you were in front of a mirror the tip  would be red.  When the weather is hot and humid I am like a hermit.  A few years ago I was  borderline of suffering  a heat stroke while stacking wood. Now adays  I stay out of the heat  as much as possible. Owning my own business and working at home has its advantages in the warm months, the best advantage would be not  leaving my home to head off to work in the morning and returning to my hot closed up car for the trip back home. I take that back, the best advantage is working in my jammies if I so choose.

Enzo spends his days laying on a bench in front of the window and his evening in his chair while I sew.  So with the cooler weather the last couple of weeks I have quit sewing about a half hour early to go on a daily walk up the driveway before dark. Our driveway is 2/10th of a mile long and uphill on the way to the road and downhill coming back to the house. They say its good exercise walking on hilly terrain. Well we’ll see if Enzo and I start dropping lbs

Paper pieced flying geeseNo exciting news this week on the quilt front. Down to the final 3 templates of my current quilt and wondering if I should add an alternating block instead of the repeating block I had planned around the outside border. We will see, adding a new block… well  I should still have it completed by the end of  the weekend.

The flying geese blocks (to the left) piece pretty quick and easy. Currently my toughest decision is whether I should add red sashing or blue. Either way, it should be lovely. When I started out I though perhaps I would create a quilt pattern to place here for sale.  It wouldn’t be for the faint of heart since there are so many pieces involved. The directions would be a book in its self. Nope, this one I am keeping for me. I cant wait to share it with you all next week on Bee Social. I’m sure I will have to post it prior to then, the excitement will get the better of me if I don’t.


Where I am on the Wind Rose quilt

Paper pieced flying geeseAs of last night I have 10 templates (photo to the right)with 18 patches each  to complete on my wind rose quilt. Each template takes me about 20 minutes to complete.  It feels so good to be nearing the end, the last couple of weeks this day seemed so much further off. Will I have it done by Oct 24 or 25, it will  be close. Hopefully I am not as disappointed in the completed quilt as I usually am.  I also drew an anchor block to add to the quilt, its up in the air if I will include it. Putting it all together will go fast since it’s all repeating blocks. I cant think of any other quilt that has taken me this long to finish or how accurately I calculated the yardage.

EQ8 will be released on Oct.23. I’m considering that investment.  It’s supposed to calculate the yardage for you which would be a tremendous advantage. What other benefits could it provide? How many block patterns are included with the program? What are its limitations? These are things I would like answered prior to purchasing but I’ve not had the time to actually read through the docs. Layout is the single most quilt related thing I struggle with. Graph paper is great for deciding on a layout and pencil lines are erasable. Deciding dimensions and marking them on the graph paper are time consuming. Even so, the biggest drawback is not seeing your quilt blocks in place until piecing is complete. This is not good and potentially creates more work for you. When I create a block now I end up using 3 different computer programs to construct it before I ever print it out, this would be another advantage of using EQ. I could spend less time with pencil, paper and on the computer and more time to do what I love.

Its just a matter of days until I am done with this top and I cant wait to share it.

Round 3 Wind Rose quilt

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Well…much like last week and the week before I am working on the same quilt. If I had a photo of the finished quilt I would attach it here, unfortunately you only get a stack of finished blocks. What a mess huh?  I started it Sept 24th with 3,179 pcs and as of yesterday evening I am now down to 1,446 pcs. I told a customer I would have it completed in a month, there’s 13 days left in my self inflicted deadline. This is definitely the quilt with the most number of  pieces I have done, it IS a jigsaw puzzle. At this point I’m unsure if I will produce a for sale pattern for this quilt but I will use the block patterns I drew in other projects.

paper pieced quilt pattern: flying geese: circling geese quilt: no curved piecing circle of geese: red and white medallion quilt: paper pieced circling geese quilt: for the love of geese quilt: quilting

I’m already looking ahead to my next couple of quilts. First I think I will expand on For the love of geese to make it a full size bed quilt. I have the first 2 sample quilts draped over my fabric box staring at me daily. The first one I completed with scraps to make sure it would go together as planned and I may use it to drape over an antique drop leaf table. The second (photo on left) was going to be The quilt until I realized I made an oops on the placement of one of the color patches and I wasn’t real happy with the outside border. Because I wasn’t certain how many strips I would need to complete the quilt I had purchased a total of 5 jelly rolls. Because of all the strips I used for this one there isn’t enough to start another quilt but there is enough to make this a full sized quilt.

The next quilt will only happen if I can collect enough ruler ribbons off of moda jelly rolls because they are an important part of the quilt. I have 12 so far and its going to take a lot more to do what I am planning. Fact is, I don’t buy jelly rolls frequently so it will take a while to collect what I need.