do. Good Stitches – NURTURE Circle – June 2013

carla Charity, Quilting 3 Comments

Hello ladies of NURTURE Circle! I’m Carla and I’ll be your quilter for this month. :) I’m new to the group, but I think I’ve designed a quilt that’s pretty neat. I envision this being for a teenage boy, so please keep that in mind when choosing your fabrics.

Here’s the design. As you can see, I’m interested in “floating” geese rather than edge to edge geese.

NURTURE Circle June 2013

I pulled some scraps to give you an idea of the color palette and the types of fabric I was envisioning:

Colors for do. Good Stitches

I’d like there to be a fairly equal distribution between navy, turquoise, coral, and white/low volume. If you could let the group know which color you’ve chosen to make, that would be very helpful.

Additionally, If you choose white/low volume please make sure these fabrics are very light, and have a good contrast with their “sky” pieces. I would like for them to “read” as white.

I would like for each of you to provide 2-4 flying geese units of four geese each (so between 8 and 16 individual geese, sewn into groups of four.) Each group of four should have the same color gray background, but the grays between the units can (and should) be different.

To make the geese, we will be using the “no waste” flying geese method. Here’s a great tutorial. Because this method makes lots of different sizes, please use the following measurements to create 3″ x 6″ finished geese (3.5″ by 6.5″ unfinished.) Each group of four should measure 6.5″ by 12.5″.

Finished Size (each goose) 3″ x 6″

  • 1 large square (feature fabric, navy, turquoise, coral, white/low volume): 7 ¼” x 7 ¼”
  • 4 small squares (background, gray, all the same color): 3 78” x 3 78

Each set of 5 squares will make four geese, so if you cut two sets, you’ll have the two units I asked for! Just sew the finished geese together along their long edges, so they are all pointing the same direction.

Some additional details! The background the geese will float on Essex Linen in Dusty Blue. I’ve also picked up the backing. I’m thinking of a scrappy gray binding, so if you would like to include a 2.5″ x WOF strip of the gray you used for your background, please feel free, but it is totally optional!

Here’s what I’ve chosen for the backing:

IKEA fabric for backings


Thank you ladies! I look forward to seeing your blocks and putting this together!

carlado. Good Stitches – NURTURE Circle – June 2013
  • lisamcgriff

    I’ll have to read this again when my brain is not tired. I’ve never made flying geese so this will be interesting :)

    • modern bias

      I’m sure you’ll do fine! The tutorial is pretty well written and easy to follow.

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