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Circle of Geese

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Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

In Craftsy's first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson brings you 10 specific quilting techniques - appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Classic, Traditional, Romantic
patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Scraps, fat quarters, odds and ends from previous projects.

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? Finishing it! I was rather dreading this one as it looked so intricate. However, it was a lot easier than it looked and I shall certainly do other paper pieced projects. Prior to this paper piecing had been rather a mystery to me. A friend had very briefly shown me how it was done, but it really hadn't sunk in. Amy's demonstration was so clear and it's good that the videos are so unhurried: nothing is skimped. If I were to do this block again, I'd know how to get my head around the arrangment of the "geese" triangles and I think I would have arranged them slightly differently, so as to get a better colour balance. However, I'm happy that I finished it. I started the BOM course very late (on 4 October) and eventually caught up on 25 October. No housework done - but never mind, housework will still be there long after I'm gone, and the quilts will be there too - I know which I prefer! Now waiting for 1st November to see what we're going to do about the sashing and finishing!

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take it slowly. I found it was a good idea to print off an extra copy of the chart, cut out the individual pieces, cut out four fabric pieces for each section and pin the paper pattern on the top of each pile. That way, I'd the correct sized piece of fabric and the correct colour for each part and didn't have to fiddle around with a heap of fabric, saving an awful lot of time. There's a lot of waste in doing this block, but that can't be helped. Some of it may be big enough to salvage for future scrap projects, but a lot of small bits are only good for the waste bin!

patz in suffolk on craftsy.com

Scrumptious! LOVE this one BIG time! That centre fabric sure is yummy! If you're tempted to try more PP, Peggy Martins Quick Strip PP is well worth a look... I haven't tried it but watched most of the videos prior to this block and have to say they made a difference to the way I looked at our Oct blocks. As for the housework... it will wait LOL.

10/27/2012 Flag

Yes - housework will be there long after I've gone! Yes - I think I may well have a look at the Quick Strip PP tutorial. These tutorials are excellent, aren't they? I've subscribed to a few already and just hope I live long enough to try them all and use up my stash (will have to be 200 years old to do that!).

10/28/2012 Flag

Pat... this is super as always I love your fabrics and they seem to make each block special... cant wait to see your finished quilt.

10/28/2012 Flag

Thank you! I can't wait to get on with it, but have a busy week ahead, so it'll have to go on !hold" for a bit. Still - by the time my busy week is over it'll be November and then Amy will advise us on what to do next.

10/28/2012 Flag

I too have a busy week but I am going to be very firm with myself and atleast get sept blocks done... I have been busy making things for my little grand-daughter's 1st birthday.

10/28/2012 Flag

Great job on the BOMs.

10/29/2012 Flag

Thank you - I'm quite relieved to get to the last one - time to do something else, I think!

10/30/2012 Flag

Lovely! And, that's great advice! The first square I made, I skipped over the second goose piece. Didn't notice it until I was ready to put in the third one, and ... uh, oh! I finished the square. Used fusible product to fuse the exact shape in the right place and set it aside to make a pot holder or something with it. (No way I was going to throw it away after putting in all that work!) Then, I set out to re-do the square correctly for my quilt! I seemed to experience at least one little "snag" with each of the four squares!!

11/02/2012 Flag

I don't know that I'm qualified to give advice, but I'm glad you found my comments helpful. I don't knjow how I'd have managed if I hadn't done the thing with the individual piles of fabric, pins and patterns!

11/03/2012 Flag

Hi, I love the colours you have used - stunning. I have done some paper pieced projects before but nothing as stunning as your "circle of geese". Purple is a great colour.

11/06/2012 Flag

Thank you - this wasn't as difficult as I had expected, so I rather surprised myself!

11/06/2012 Flag