Now that I have a sewing machine I am tackling my first quilt using up all the scrap fabric we have lying around the house.
I like Flying Geese squares because I am a fan of geometric shapes and patterns, but I wanted to mix it up somehow. When I was searching the internet I found that there are variations on the traditional flying geese pattern (Flying Dutchman Squares are one..at least I think that is what the pattern is called). I stumbled onto a block called Circle of Geese but instead of making it as the pattern shows, I am just making individual quarters of a block. These two although still not perfect are my best blocks to date:
These are made using paper piecing which I thought would be really finicky before watching some tutorials of it. Now after making four blocks (unfortunately the first two aren’t usable) I am getting the hang of it. The hardest part really is just having enough fabric to cover your seam allowance and then the section of the block they are supposed to cover. (And then not ripping up your blocks when you take the paper off).
My plan for these types of blocks is to use neutral colors with pops of color for the geese triangles. I have another paper piecing pattern that I am trying to figure out how I want to use (if at all) and finally, I am going to be doing some traditional flying geese strips. The traditional strips I am planning to do patchwork style. Hopefully I can put them all together in a way that actually looks good. It’s my first quilt and while I can handle little boo boos I want it to look nice and last a long time. Basically I want to make a slightly more interesting version of a patchwork quilt. The only fabric I have bought for this project so far is some more neutral prints for the backgrounds.