Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Giant Geese!

A while ago, I posted some tutorials up on the site that are precut friendly, but I haven't used the techniques much myself.  The idea of making flying geese using the no-waste method and starting off with big ol' layer cake squares has been floating around in my head for a while now.  I did a little mental math, and realized that if I did a whole layer cake full of geese, and simply sewed them together, I could have myself a pretty fast lap quilt!

So, I dug through my layer cakes, and found my set of Late Bloomers by Sandy Gervais.  Perhaps its because the colors are so autumnal, and it's Thanksgiving week, but it just jumped out at me.

Armed with that and some Kona Bone, I started plotting.  I wanted to make sure I had indeed gotten my measurements right, so I made up a test unit just to be sure.

For this, I used some scrap white fabric that I had sitting around, that I knew wasn't 100% cotton.  I've used this fabric in other projects, and learned the hard way, when I pressed it, that there's some polyester content in it.  I figured for just a test unit, it would be fine, and I'm on the verge of just throwing the rest of this junk away anyhow.

Look at those ripples after pressing!  And look at how NOT SQUARE this unit is!!

Thankfully, I was able to still figure out that my measurements (if I'm using cotton) are just fine, so I jumped in and started working on the units.

Don't you just love the way a freshly cut, perfect set of squares looks?  I digress....

I used the super-easy no-waste method, and started making my geese...

... and now I have a whole flock of geese waiting to be sewn together!

I'll likely get to work on this during Black Friday Sew In, but I also have a couple of other projects floating around in my brain....  more on those later!


  1. I am guessing they were straighter than the test block? Good work!

  2. Nice fall colors, I can't wait to see them flying in a quilt!