Friday, May 19, 2017

Coast to Coast Traveling Bee {Month #3}

It occurs to me again that naming each edition of this quilt bee as a "month" is a misnomer, but it still is the easiest way to track my progress.

Karen asked for individual blocks rather than blocks added to a quilt center so that she can build the quilt as she sees fit. For some reason, this has actually been harder for me, since I didn't have a center to pin to the wall and stare at for a few weeks.

After reading through Karen's requests and ideas again, and flipping through the blocks made thus far, I decided that the thing I should do is make filler blocks -- lots of them in lots of different sizes -- and the best way to accomplish that was to make a lot of flying geese blocks.

I spent about three innings of a baseball game (yes, that is how I measure time!) cutting squares upon squares for fast flying geese units. Here is the first batch of flying geese that I made:

Unfortunately, I really only have the one teal print and I have a LOT of it (it is the leftover backing fabric from this quilt), but luckily when Karen saw these blocks she loved both the piles of flying geese and the teal fabric!

The first batch of geese were mainly teal/black, and the second batch used nearly the entirety of the white and black print fat quarter.

I made 56 flying geese units in four different sizes. I decided not to sew any of the units together so that Karen can manipulate them however she chooses.

This will be going in the mail to Audrey today! Karen will actually be visiting Audrey while the quilt is in Pennsylvania, so they will be working on starting to assemble part of the quilt!

Next up is working on Chelsea's quilt! This will be another round of making blocks rather than adding borders to a quilt center, so we'll see what I come up with!


  1. Making filler blocks was a great idea, Alison. Making blocks does sound like a harder task.

  2. I think this is such an awesome contribution! I also think that having that teal print sprinkled throughout all the quilt will give it a good anchor. I need to go see what teal/black/white prints I have in stash!

  3. I agree that it's a challenge to decide what blocks to make when you aren't sure how the owner is going to put it all together. Flying Geese blocks are the perfect filler!

  4. Love these fabric combinations.

  5. Filler blocks was a great idea and flying geese and excellent decision. (They are my favorite!) These will be lovely scattered throughout the quilt.

  6. I think these are going to be perfect! Thank you!

  7. What a great idea! Love those flying geese, they have presence.


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