Geese Finished!







I've gotta say I'm just a bit excited with this one!  I think it's because I loved my original idea, and then as I was piecing and laying it out, and even after it was quilted, I fell out of love.

After I pulled it out of the dryer and hung it over the stair rail for a few days, I'm liking it again.  My husband noticed it and commented that he liked it!

Here's a post about my original idea.  I started out with using color inspiration from the Botanics fabric collection, but using fabrics from my stash.  I didn't have any of this collection since I've been trying to use my stash!

Then a few weeks after I posted my idea, I received a mysterious parcel in the mail.  I opened it to find a fat eighth bundle of Botanics!!!  It was from Cindy at LiveAColorfulLife and she generously decided to share hers with me.  I can hardly say how special that was!

At first I wasn't sure if I would add the fat eighth bundle to my stack that I had sitting for this quilt.  I decided I would, just mixing them in while keeping all my original fabric pull.

I used most of the fat eight bundle, together with my other fabrics, and I ended up with a quilt that's 50"x63" (after washing).  I wouldn't have wanted it any bigger because I was sick of sewing these flying geese units!

I also wrote another post asking for your advice on the layout of these blocks.  Thanks for weighing in!  After looking at it on my design wall for awhile, I decided to go with four geese the same in a row, instead of changing colors with each goose.  I'm really happy with this, although I know the other way would have worked too.

Now for a bit of info:

My method for making these geese was like this tutorial, using Speed Piecing Method B.  You'll notice that it gives you the formula to make any size of flying geese.  I wanted my geese 2"x4", and those measurements are listed in the tutorial.

I found this method to work very well!  My points ended up quite accurate without trying too hard:)  And I'll tell you my little secret:  I didn't trim those little corners!  I hate trimming, although I know it makes for better accuracy and a neater looking back.  But I skipped it, and my points still matched up 'almost' perfect!

63 comments:

  1. Fabulous! I love this quilt :-)

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  2. gah! it's gorgeous! (also, that is my very favorite way to piece geese. so easy and fast!)

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  3. Wow! I LOVE this quilt! The colors just draw me in and make me want to stay.:)

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  4. It's beautiful. I love it.

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  5. That is one lovely quilt. I'm glad that you have fallen back in love.

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  6. BEAUTIFUL! This is really stunning, I just love it. I read a few dozen quilt blogs every week and this is truly special.

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  7. Great quilt! To me it screams vintage.

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  8. I just love what you did with the geese! I think it turned out beautiful :)

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  9. This quilt has so much character to it, it looks like it's been around for a while and is so wise. That might sound weird, but I can see all the great colour smarts you have absorbed in this quilt.

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  10. really gorgeous! so glad that you found a path that satisfies your vision; I think it's delightful.

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  11. Stunning quilt - gorgeous colours

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  12. It's beautiful. The varying colours and real treat or the eyes.

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  13. oh this is lovely! I like the hst arrangement alot!

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  14. I really love your idea! Flying geese are my favourite, and the colour inspiration story is fantastic. Lovely work as always! x

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  15. It's just gorgeous and I like the quilting too. Cindy is wonderful : )

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  16. So beautiful Jolene! I love the colours of Botanics and I love that you've used other fabrics. The arrangement is perfect!

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  17. Totally love this, it's made me want to make one too!

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  18. I really like this quilt and I'm glad you shared (were real) about getting sick of making geese. Sometimes it is hard to continue a quilt you've become tired of. I'm glad you persevered.

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  19. it is gorgeous - just love the colour combination :-)

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  20. I love it! A Flying Geese quilt has been on my mind a lot lately. This is good inspiration for me!

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  21. This is stunning! I enjoyed reading your different posts about your process on this one too.

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  22. I think the quilt is amazing! I saw it on Pinterest and had to come over and tell you how great I think it is. The way the colors wash throughout it is just perfect. What a sweet story on the fabrics too!

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  23. That is just gorgeous! I'm curious, how long did making all the flying geese take you? That's a lot of work, but now you have me wanting to make one just like it! Beautiful.

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  24. Very beautiful. Your colors are wonderful. The design has a lot of movement and all the fabrics are yummy! Well done!

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  25. Well done!!! Beautiful quilt, nice choice of colours and I like the layout.

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  26. I love this! I'm glad you decided to go with this layout. It kind of has an ongoing ombre effect. The punch of orange is also great. I need to make a baby quilt so maybe this would be a great one to try on a smaller scale. Thanks for sharing!!

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  27. wow-I cannot say how much I LOVE this!
    -great color choices and a wonderful layout!!!
    (like I expected anything less than perfect from you Jolene!)

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  28. This is just gorgeous! My part of the fat 1/8th set is still sitting in its original spot--on a shelf. I wish I could get some good idea of how to use it because I sure do love the fabric. Anyway, it makes me really happy to see this quilt. :)

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  29. I love this so much. And I really love that it looks very you, like no one else could have made this. Really, really wonderful.

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  30. Just looking through my new Sundance Catalog. You need to check out Sundance Catalog's Himalayan Path Rug. It's so similar to your quilt! They would look nice together ;c)

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  31. So amazing! I think I may just have to start mine now :)

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  32. Love this quilt! I love how the geese fade in and out as they fly up and down the quilt. The colours are great.

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  33. I just saw this on Flickr and came over to read the full post! It turned out just gorgeous, all your decisions are perfect. And how amazing that Cindy sent you the fabric - so thoughtful and generous!! Thank you for sharing your talents, you are truly gifted :)

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  34. I had a flying geese finish on Friday too! I have to tell you I saved your original sketch because it inspired me so much… in fact I'm working on pulling colours to make a geese quilt in these same hues (with Botanics as well), although I want my geese flying in all different directions. Your quilt is fabulous!

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  35. This is just stunning.............

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  37. This is beautiful - um….sorry if it's a numpty question, but '...taking it out of the tumbler…'? I'm guessing you washed a new quilt - does this soften it or something? (Sorry experienced q'ers - I'm just a learner…..)

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  38. It turned out beautiful! :) Love it.

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  39. Congratulations it's a stunning quilt. I love your choice to keep the four geese in a row, it almost looks like a cubism landscape - really beautiful.

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  40. I totally got the Botanics feel just from the photo! Great color work - it is a gorgeous quilt!

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  41. Love it. You have really conquered the color layout here. Delicious and delightful eye candy.

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  42. Love the colors that you put together for this!

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  43. This is so lovely! I've seen it on flickr too and every time I think ...Ooh I like that one! The colours are fab and the botanics look perfect with the other fabrics.

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  44. Wow! Now it's about time to got a sewing machine, thanks for the inspiration!

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  45. i've only made one quilt so far but this post and your finished product has inspired me to keep going, even if the perfectionist in me means that it takes months and months to do one. i just became a mother and i sort of love the idea of my children growing up watching me make quilts.

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  46. It is spectacular! Totally inspiring. I love everything about it.

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  47. I do not care to make them. This is gorgeous!

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  48. I am getting ready to make a flying geese quilt similar to this one! I'm having trouble, though, figuring out the fabric details. How many different fabrics did you use for this quilt? It's absolutely incredible!

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  49. I am working on a far more scrappy version of this quilt, how many geese units are in your quilt?

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  50. Gorgeous!! I love all of the colors!!

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