QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Means Geese Flying

Photo of snow geese from hjhipster/Flickr via ChesapeakeBay.net

Snow Geese
60" x 60"
See the free patchwork pattern by scrolling down.
  • 8 pieced strips
  • 7 plain strips between
  • 2 narrower strips on the edges.
Say goodbye to winter with some Flying Geese heading north.

I've been playing with all the indigo blues in my Best of Morris collection and decided to match them up with some textured whites from other designers. In the EQ7 sketch above I used the "Strawberry Thief" print in the strips.

But any of the larger blue prints would work great.

Here are two snow geese ideas from Moda. The lighter is a Grunge print
from Basic Gray called Vanilla
The darker a Rustic Weave in Eggshell.

Another option is to use the light for the background and
a variety of Best of Morris prints for the geese.

Cutting Instructions

I planned the first set of measurements to make the most of 5" pre-cut Charm squares for piece B. You'll need 2 Charm packs. Your geese and your alternating strips will finish to 3-3/4" wide.

A- Cut squares 2-3/4". Cut each into 2 triangles with one diagonal cut. You need 512 triangle A. Cut 256 squares.

 B - Cut squares 5". Cut each into 4 triangles with two diagonal cuts. You need 256 triangle B. Cut 64 squares.

Strips between the geese: Cut strips 4-1/4"
Strips on either side.Cut strips 2-3/8".

A Larger block---Larger Quilt

6 pieced strips; 5 plain.
About 102" square.
No edge strips.

You can also use Layer Cakes (10" squares) for piece B. You need 36 squares for 144 geese (B).

A -Cut squares 5-1/4". Cut each into 2 triangles with one diagonal cut.
B - Cut squares 10". Cut each into 4 triangles with two diagonal cuts.
Cut your strips 9-1/4" wide.
Geese and strips will then be 8-3/4" wide finished.

Fabric for the larger quilt. EQ sez:
  • 5 yards for the alternate strips and binding
  • 3-1/4 yards of the light for triangles A
Then I started thinking summer geese with color.

How about Kathy Schmitz's Crackle in Yellow

As summer fields...

...Or autumn

Using a large Morris print for the background
and the Crackle behind each goose.

The large print:
 Cherwell in Brown

Then there's a spring green, one of Moda's new Crossweaves
in a color called Pond.

Happy Spring!


WoolenSails said...

Love it with the blue color way. We have geese all year, they have spots that they hang out and fly over to go back and forth.


El Desván de la Gata Perezosa said...

Hola! de nuevo por tu blog, saludos desde España

Jill said...

You are right...I hear the geese everyday now. What a welcome sound. Stitching flying geese are one of my favorite quilt piecing units to stitch. I have always wanted to do a strippy flying geese.