Can I tell you how long this quilt has been in process? I believe I received some of the fabrics and the pattern in 2016 as I started to venture into the world of internet quilting. That journey was born on a need to have a quilting community beyond my physical one in the greater Boston area. We are moving slowly to Maine full time, and this was one of the ways I could stay connected on an island in Maine. Maine has its quilters, but the island adds some challenges to getting to meetings, etc. This decision has served me well – new friends, new skills and new adventures (Island Batik Ambassador). I am very lucky.
I am not sure any longer how I won this patttern, but I did. I already knew this method for creating flying geese, and have taught it many times. I loved this quilt. When I won the varied dark blue & grey batik fat quarter bundle, I knew this would be what I would make. One day that luscious background came into the Cambridge Quilt Store (where I was working) and a dream was born.
I went to Bits N Pieces in Pelham, NH to quilt this piece. I did it on a 24″ Handi Quilter that was a dream to work with. I was ably assisted by one of the fantastic staff people there. I highly recommend going there to rent a machine to quilt. It was the perfect machine and really was quite reliable through the process.
I wanted motion in the quilt – the geese returning home. I know the pattern designers vision was the geese flying south, but I like when geese return to New England, so I will put it on the bed as below! I used a pattern from Anita Shackelford’s modern quilts series – Modern Eccentric. It is a large, dense pattern – less than 5 passes to do the whole quilt – how easy is that?
I am so pleased at the way it turned out. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I have been referring to it as Grey Goose, but it is geese. The Greylags fascinated me in England, when we would visit my in-laws, so it is an homage to them.
This week: Block 3 release for our Sew Let’s QAL; please watch for that. It is a great pattern, design by Sherry @PoweredbyQuilting
You will also shortly see goals for the second quarter, an Island Batik project, and a summary of my quilt weekend. I have been buy.