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.

Jorge Aguiar 1492 explorers map

paper pieced pattern: flying geese pattern: quilt patterns: circling geese pattern: no curved piecing circling geese: www.fortheloveofgeese.com: red and white medallion quilt: Grafton,Il:Jorge Aguiar 1492 map
Jorge Aguiar 1492 explorers map. This is where it all started for me,

When searching for a medallion for my current project I stumbled across this file  at Yale University and knew I had it. The Wind Rose would be included in my current quilt. Just think , this map is from 1492, just imagine the hands it has passed and the eyes that have  viewed it, where it has been, Answering those questions creates a story of its own.

If you cannot enlarge this enough to take in the full beauty of this map and the rare information it provided for its time you should visit the:

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. You can view the map online in an exploded view to see the details it holds. I’ve limited my quilt to only reproducing the wind rose . I do plan to take the file and have the map printed out to use as wall art. I’ve never considered myself a fan of antique maps or cartography until I viewed this map. Since my initial viewing  I have read everything  available I could find regarding it, very interesting, 

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

Avoiding UFO quilts

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Wind Rose quilt

2,555  of 3,179 pieces of fabric to go. When I think of it in  pieces of fabric the completed quilt feels like Christmas morning that’s never going to come when I was 10. One of my customers told me it would take me a year to complete, I laughed and told him I would have it done in a month or less. Had I not started all over to change the color on the medallion I would be much further along. But I am glad I decided to swap out the color on the scallops for blue.  Since I opened my big mouth and said I would have it completed in a month or less I created a time line that I have to meet to save face. Wish me luck.

All of the templates for the medallion are completed so after some cleanup this evening I’ll start on the outside blocks.  They will piece fairly quick because they aren’t as complex as the medallion, with the exception of an anchor block.  Cheers to the person who created paper piecing. Can you imagine trying to applique or hand piece the blocks in the photo above? If discouragement didn’t get to you first, frustration would set in very quickly and it would be yet another ufo in a box. Other than un-quilted tops, I only have 1 ufo quilt. To be honest, I will never finish it, its destined to be a cushion cover for Enzo. Even dogs like nice things.

How to avoid ufo’s. Don’t start another project until you have finished what you are working on. That’s the best advice but we all know its not always possible since babies and wedding happen. But what about those quilts we start then somewhere along the way we lose interest, get frustrated or discouraged because its more difficult than we thought? Most of us will choose to start on the easiest aspect of the quilt and save the hardest for last. Starting with the easiest we  create an avoidance,  begin to dread the hardest section, and in the back of our mind we know as we progress we are getting closer to the end. Sometimes we give up before we are half way there because we’ve created this negative idea in our mind that  the most difficult section is a beast.  We have convinced ourselves before we reach that part there are going to be major issues piecing it or maybe convince ourselves we lack the skills needed to complete it.  By nature we avoid negative things. The best way to prevent this scenario…start with the hardest first. When you get a pattern look it over well and just because the designer says start here and complete in this order, doesn’t mean you have to do exactly that. There are no pattern police waiting to break down your door. By beginning with the most difficult, you are starting with strong motivation. You know there is light instead of darkness at the end of the tunnel. And then when your reach those easy blocks, they are like a well deserved reward.

Another thing I have learned, some patterns just ” don’t make sense “. I have purchased patterns that the instructions were more complex than the design and I wondered if anyone short of a PhD could actually follow them.  That is when I grab a highlighter pen and sit down in a quiet room. I begin reading the directions and highlight what I cannot change or pattern specific useful information such as, you must stitch templates A and B together before stitching template D to template A. Or, piece these sections with your light fabric and those sections with dark fabric. So…if you purchase a pattern and open the directions and get that voice in your head saying you cant do this, STOP! Look at each template, do they look easy or do they look like a headache waiting to happen?  Grab a highlighter and with no distractions start reading. If you’ve paper pieced before YOU CAN DO THIS. If you still are not sure and are worried you will destroy your paper templates, pack up the templates and head off to your local office store or print shop. Copy the templates and try piecing with your scrap stash first.  If all goes well you still have your original templates to begin again, if it doesn’t you still have the full pattern. What’s the alternative, will you place the pattern on a shelf with other patterns to save for another day that will never come?

No curved piecing flying geese

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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 wordpress.com 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.

New domain name

Sewsane.blog will now be http://www.fortheloveofgeese.com
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Wind rose round 2

Because I was questioning the green so early on in my new project I decided to stop piecing and ponder on it.  I’m really glad too, I added more blue to medallion so it will blend better with the outside of the quilt.

wind rose compass paper piecing quiltpaper pieced quilt

The photo on the left shows a green scallop at the top of the photo, this I changed to blue. Instead of the white on top of that green, this I changed to gray.  The bright white I replaced with a white that has more pigment because I didn’t like the way it glowed. Silly I know and it may not make sense to you but I just didn’t want that white jumping off the quilt top.  Nothing like starting over.

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Bloggers quilt festival

I would like to thank Amy’s Creative Side for hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I can only imagine the  fore thought  and organizing that went into the planning.

There were many beautiful quilts entered by creative people and congrats to everyone. Some of the color combinations were mesmerizing and it left me wishing for more in that aspect. Combing colors is not my strong suit. Years ago, 32 years ago to be exact I learned to knit. When I chose my colors for my sweater I chose green and purple. Keep in mind, this was before green and purple were acceptable to put together. Several people told me “ewe green and purple don’t match”.  Today, these 2 colors are frequently placed together.  If they didn’t belong together mother nature wouldn’t have paired them. They are still 2 of my favorite color combos today.

Also,  I would like to thank all of the sponsors for the event. Especially Moda Fabrics as I was the winner of a fat quarter bundle.  The response and compliments I received on my two quilts were very encouraging.

2nd entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival

Thank you to Cherie’s Quilting Journey  who is taking on this quilt as her first full paper pieced quilt.

This is my 2nd entry. If you haven’t visited and looked at all of the wonderful quilts I really recommend you do so. There are so many talented quilters who without this their work would not be shown. Bloggers quilt festival     

paper pieced pattern: flying geese pattern: quilt patterns: circling geese pattern: no curved piecing circling geese: www.fortheloveofgeese.com: red and white medallion quilt
Paper pieced For the love of geese quilt


The name of this quilt is For the love of geese. It is entirely paper pieced and quilted by me. I love the circling geese design however I really dislike curved piecing. Maybe its just me, perhaps I haven’t found the trick for piecing large circles without using pins to keep everything in place while I stitch. If there isn’t a drop of blood somewhere on the quilt, I didn’t complete it.  Fortunately, after butchering myself on a daily basis as a cosmetologist over the years I have gotten pretty handy at removing blood from fabric.

With that said, I created this pattern because I love flying geese, traditional and modern. After reaching the end of the flying geese internet and not finding a pattern for what I was looking for I set out on a new path. Sure I have taken blocks from modern quilt patterns and block patterns from previous generations and created quilts. But I had never designed the entire quilt. Many drafts and  3 tops  later For the love of geese was born. I’m not sure if everyone who drafts their own designs have a failure top or 2 like I do. It was worth all the fuss though.

My first entry is a red and white medallion quilt.

Bloggers quilt festival

Bloggers quilt festival

Blogging is new to me if you haven’t noticed. This morning in my bloglovin  email one of the blog links caught my eye.Amy’s Creative Side blog is hosting a Fall Bloggers Quilt Festival so I thought what the heck.  I’ve decided to enter my red and white medallion quilt if its not too late.  This quilt was pieced out of frustration for the lack of quilt patterns available for flying geese and I have to say I am very proud of this quilt. It was the first quilt that I designed myself.

The center medallion was drawn by me then paper pieced. In fact, everything you see is paper pieced with the exception of the flying geese and 3d pinwheels.

The medallion was my first attempt at designing anything quilt related. I then filled in the remaining space with my favorite blocks from history.  Of course the 3d flying geese and pinwheels add a very modern touch.

The red fabric is Kona Rich Red and the background is Quilters Choice muslin. If I haven’t stated already, I LOVE this muslin.

The quilting was done by me. Wish me luck. http://www.amyscreativeside.com/bloggers-quilt-festival/