Quilting Gallery Vote – Flying Geese

On a whim, I entered my Flying by the Seat of My Pants mini quilt in this week’s Quilting Gallery contest.

Modify Tradition Swap

Here’s the back:

Modify Tradition Swap back

You can read about the quilt in this earlier post.

There are 22 beautiful quilts entered, so I encourage you to pop over and cast your vote. Of course I’d love it if you vote for mine, but pick the one you like best! Also, if you leave a comment AT THE CONTEST PAGE (answering the question “What fabric would you buy if you win”), you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop.

Click here to go to the contest. The contest ends Monday, September 30.

Jumping on the bandwagon

I’ve read a couple of blogs recently (crazy mom quilts and Quilt Dad) about an incredible flying geese quilt. There’s a Flickr group for those who would like to participate, and I’ve joined. I’m going to do it using the one seam dimensional flying geese method (tutorial here), but I recreated a couple of the blocks in EQ6 for anyone who would like to foundation piece them. Here’s a foundation for two regular triangles, and two others for skinny triangle options. Personally, I like the freezer paper method.

(There, I think I set a record for number of links in a single post.)

Cathedral “Winda”

Winda the Dutch Quilter saw the one seam dimensional flying geese post and had a brilliant idea – what if one was turn around to form a cathedral window looking block? Well, this is what it would look like:

Cathedral "Winda"

It isn’t quite the same – the curves are of the window fabric and not the frame so you don’t get that pretty texture, and there is a seam down the middle. However, it takes about three minutes to make this entire block! Winda, you’re a genius, and I’m going to enjoy making these Cathedral Winda blocks!

One Seam Dimensional Flying Geese

One Seam Dimensional Flying Geese with a Twist

I mentioned the incredible one seam dimensional flying geese demonstrated in the sample video over at The Quilt Show (with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims). I gave it a try today, and was amazed at how quick and easy it was to make a flying geese unit. This creates a dimensional unit, with little pockets on each side of the goose. It occurred to me that you could take this a step further and turn back the dimensional edge to form a curve. Here are two flying geese, the top with the edges curved back and stitched, the bottom just a regular dimensional goose. I put together a quick tutorial for the basic one seam flying geese unit, with additional info on the turned back curve. Let me know how you like this method for creating flying geese!

Edited to add: Be sure to check out this post about using the curved flying geese to make something reminiscent of a Cathedral Window block.