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?
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
No 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.
As 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.
First let me say that I visit everyone blog that links up and I enjoy reading them and love the photos. Unfortunately I cannot always leave a comment due to an OpenId error. I’ve yet to find a fix for this by googling.
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.
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.
Well 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. A 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.
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.
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.
This is another one of my favorites that I finished a couple years ago. Red and white quilts and flying geese are my love. They are timeless.
Many quilters will say they dislike piecing flying geese but I don’t recall ever hearing anyone say they dislike red and white quilts. The flying geese and square in a square are paper pieced. You don’t need anything fancy, (a 3×5 note card will work)but my preferred tools are graph paper of any size, a ruler and a retractable pencil (a must). Decide on the dimensions you would like your geese and draw them in stacks of 4-10, whatever will fit on your graph paper. Then print as many copies as you need and start piecing. Whether its 20 geese in a row or 100 geese in a row, they will prove more accurate with paper piecing. You wont get wavy geese either, if you have ever made a lot of individual geese to stack you know what I mean.
If you are new to paper piecing and would like further instruction on drawing your own flying geese, go to my contact page and sent me a message. I’d be happy to expand on this a little.
The 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.
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.