Before I get on with the tutorial, let me show you my inspiration for this month's quilt. When we moved our family from Arizona to Georgia in March, my father-in-law also sold his house in Arizona. It was house that he had furnished, but hardly ever stayed in. So we were lucky to be able to take some of this extra furniture. One piece we chose to keep is an arm chair that my in-laws had re-upholstered some years back. The chair fits nicely in our bedroom now and it's great for sitting in to read.
The other part of my inspiration this month is a lamp that my in-laws also gave us, when we were furnishing our first apartment back in 2001. It is stained glass. We stopped using it for a long time because our dog (Thumper) chewed threw the cord when he was a puppy. We were lucky that the lamp was plugged into a socket connected to a light switch and the switch was off. Now we use it as a decoration. But the lamp still reminds us of our mischievous puppy.
The colors I would like to use in this quilt are the colors from the chair: dark olive green, dark red, gold, and chocolate brown. If a background neutral fits into the block, I'm looking for a cream or off white, and something that doesn't have a stand-out pattern. I would like the green to be in the olive family. I'm trying to avoid any really bright grassy greens. For the gold, I'm looking for fabric being more tan-gold rather than yellow-gold. I hope that leaves you with some choices without being too picky.
Unfortunately the colors don't come out exactly when I upload the photo. My red's are actually darker and my greens are more olive. Here is a close up of the chair for a better view of the colors.
This month, I challenge you to make a block that is 13- 15 inches and has flying geese. The block does not have to be square and it does not have to use all of the colors I chose. Please choose your favorite flying geese block and method. At the end I will arrange and sash the blocks to make a flying geese sampler. Bonus points to anyone brave enough to try the blocks with flying geese in a circle or spiral! If you need inspiration there are a ton of flying geese blocks and quilts on flickr and pinterest.
Here is the block I made. It is not particularly scrappy, but feel free to mix up the fabrics to add more scrappiness!
This block is made from 8 flying geese. Here is one method for making flying geese. If you would like a different method to make four of the same flying geese with no scraps, I refer you to Alison's tutorial in January. If you use the method and end up with triangles left over, would you consider sending them along with your block? I will use them in a scrappy, maybe wonky, border for this quilt.
You will finish with a 14 1/2 inch block. Begin by cutting 2 rectangles from each of 4 fabrics for a total of 8 rectangles at 4" x 7 1/2". Cut 16 squares from background fabric at 4".
With your favorite marking tool (I love my frixon pen), mark a straight diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each background square.
Align one marked square with one end of each rectangle, right sides together. Sew on each marked line. Trim excess, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
Press open toward triangle. Align one marked square with the other end of each rectangle. Note the direction of the marked line.
Sew on the line and trim excess leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
Press open toward triangle. Your flying geese are complete! To finish the block first sew two of the same flying geese together, pointed in the same direction. You will have four squares each with two flying geese. Next arrange squares so the flying geese point in different directions, making a pinwheel at the center.
Sew the top two squares together, and the bottom two squares together. Be sure to press center seams in opposite directions.
Finally sew the top to the bottom. Ta da!!!