It’s all happening in today’s post – flying geese, fussy cutting and a friend’s new book! What a great combination!
I *heart* mini quilts
I love mini quilts. So when Alyce mentioned she’d be doing a Blog Hop to support the release of the book I asked if I could participate. Lucky for me, she said yes!
The book is great at leading you gently through a range of blocks which you can then use to create some gorgeous little mini quilts.
Mini quilts are fantastic as skill builders. You can try a new technique without having to commit to a huge quilt. All the mini quilts in this book could be used to make wall art, a cushion cover or a table topper – small, useful items.
Alyce asked me to sew up the flying geese sampler block from the book.
Choosing my fabrics
For me the fun always starts with fabric selection.
I knew I wanted to fussy cut with this beautiful Pat Bravo fabric* from her Artisan range.
Then I needed some accent fabrics. I plucked out some of the colours in the print – navy, pale yellow and white.
I knew the flower print had to form the mama goose (due to its size). Then I did some rough auditioning to see which fabrics I’d use for the baby goose and the background.
The following layout is the one that won the audition. (I realise now that I forgot to audition the white fabric for the baby goose. Oops.)
Sewing my flying geese blocks
With my colour scheme settled, I fussy cut my large geese blocks. I rummaged around in my ruler drawer and found a rectangle that was the perfect size. Of course, it was one of my Bloc_Loc flying geese rulers*. Even when I’m not using them for block trimming, they come in handy for fussy cutting.
A little bit of sewing and the blocks took shape.
Mama and baby goose, ready for action.
And here’s the completed flying geese sampler block:
And here’s four of ’em:
Flying geese block layout options
While I didn’t have enough time to get these whipped up into something, I did have the chance to play around with layout. I’ll make a few more blocks and turn them into a cushion over the Christmas holidays.
Here’s how they look laid out in several different orientations.
Do you have a favourite? Mine is the second one, where the mama geese are having a chat. I’m sure they’re holding tiny little margaritas.
Let me show you the stellar line up of bloggers who are participating in this Blog Hop.
Awesome blogs to visit…
Here are the fabulous sewists participating in the Blog Hop for Alyce’s Mini Masterpieces book. These blogs all contain a wealth of information and inspiration. Pop over and visit.
Happy sewing, all. And congratulations on your beautiful new book, Alyce!
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