I am happy to say that “Crumbs for the Geese” is officially finished.
I am super pleased with how it turned out…..
This odyssey started back in September when I watched a video about making Crumb Blocks….of course, I was on the treadmill at the time!!! I made the first three and was hooked.
Once all 9 were finished, I started thinking about additions to the quilt and came up with the idea of adding Flying Geese blocks. After a bit of trial and error, I found the perfect mixture of geese and background fabric.
The top languished for a short time as I thought thru how to quilt it but the holiday season provided time and inspiration!! In particular, I love the mixture of straight lines in the geese and squiggles in the background!!
Now came the hard part….writing the pattern!!! Since I was new to this process, I spent a fair amount of time studying other patterns and trying to determine the best solution for me.
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Yesterday I wrote about the start of the crumb block quilt design phase. Today I have to actually put my thoughts together into a cohesive design!!!
The first decision was to have the geese move in a left to right direction so that you can follow them across the quilt. This also meant that the crumb block would float to different corners of the block…..
The black block was going to be in the center, but I wasn’t sure that I wanted to add flying geese to it so tried just putting borders around it…..
I liked that better, but it looked a bit bland, so I added a small strip of a multi-color fabric that I found on the shelf…..
…and really like the way it separated the black block from the others.
In the final piecing, I made the strip a bit wider and probably should have centered it better in the borders, but I am still happy with how it looks….
Let me say once again how pleased I am with having all of my fabric out so that I can see it at one time. I would NEVER have remembered this multi-color fabric as it would have been in a completely different box!!!
My plan was to go up the next day and pick some borders but, the more that I looked at the quilt, I didn’t want to add anything else to it. So this top is FINISHED!!!
I really like this layout design and can see where it would work with almost any 8 inch block. I am looking forward to doing some more playing with it!!
I have been working on the quilting for the Brown Stripe Quilt…..
I finally decided to do a linear design in the stripes and a circular wreath design in the white blocks. Since the rulers that I ordered haven’t arrived yet, I started on the stripes……
After finishing 15 of the FORTY EIGHT stripe blocks, I decided that I needed a break.
Last week (while on the treadmill), I watched a woman piece crumb blocks. Now I have NEVER had any interest in making blocks out of my little bits and pieces, but she caught my interest. So, once I had grown tired of quilting, I pulled out all of pieces that were “too small to use but too big to throw away”…..
….and started piecing them into squares, using a base fabric for a guide…..
Come to find out, this is kind of fun and relaxing!!!!
Now I have made three……
…although I have no idea where they will go from here….maybe into a charity quilt.
It was certainly sweet to take the time to just do something mindless, but I can certainly see this turning into another BIG addiction!!!