This is one of my oldest WIPs. In late 2010, I asked my bee-mates from the Sew & Bee Happy bee to make me Circle of Geese blocks. I tucked them away until I joined the Finish Along and took stock of my WIPs and made a plan to tackle them.
When I pulled out these blocks to work on them, I realized why they'd sat. Such is the challenge with bees - the quality of the blocks you receive can definitely vary. And so these blocks proved to be quite challenging to work with. A traditional setting, even with sashing, wasn't going to work.
I thought about putting the Circle of Geese blocks at the centre of some scrappy log cabin blocks. At one point, Quilt As You Go occurred to me, and then I remembered a block that I'd pinned for my DIY sampler by toefeather, and the layout was perfect!
I did do QAYG, following Marianne's tutorials for stitch and flip strips, as well as how to join the blocks using wider joining strips. I chose a backing fabric that would blend nicely when all the pieces were put together.
The quilting is quick, simple, organic straight lines using white Aurifil 50 wt, which is a dream to stitch with. I used it all throughout this quilt's construction.
The QAYG technique definitely doesn't save time, but I must say that this is the squarest quilt I've ever made so there's that! The binding was chosen by G and deemed appropriate for the quilt's recipient: her 5-year old cousin.
The finished quilt - before washing - is 60" square. I'll likely use the QAYG technique again - it certainly makes handling the bulk of a large quilt a lot easier. I'm happy to have a Q3 FAL project done.
What a brilliant idea to set them like this. It looks fab!ReplyDelete
I really like this one and the setting idea was just perfect.ReplyDelete
I love it! I still have bee blocks to use, QAYG might be a good idea for some.ReplyDelete
I love, love, love it!ReplyDelete
What a glorious save!ReplyDelete
turned out lovelyReplyDelete
that is so pretty! The QAYG is a great way to work.ReplyDelete
Your quilt is gorgeous - I'm curious as to what size stitch you used to quilt the top - they look great! thanks.ReplyDelete
It's gorgeous! The layout is brilliant and really shows off the geese.ReplyDelete
love that idea! beautiful.ReplyDelete
The setting is perfect for this quilt. I love that one block is in the centre and the others rotate around it. LIke a merry go round.ReplyDelete
I love what you did! I'd never have guessed that the blocks were not all the same.ReplyDelete
Clever way to set them
Nailed it!!! I just love the setting of each block mimicking the circle of geese! You're so clever. The scrappiness is divine.ReplyDelete
This is so pretty! I will have to take a look at the tutorial.ReplyDelete