Scrappy Geese – Sketchbook to Reality

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Hi there! I’m Michelle and for this week’s blog post, I thought it would be fun to walk through the design process of my first quilt for Quilt Theory, Scrappy Geese.

When I started brainstorming what I wanted to make for Quilt Theory’s debut collection, I sketched on graph paper as well as in Illustrator on my computer. I wanted to do a simple block, like a half-square triangle or flying geese. Flying geese are my all time favorite block so I kept going back to that shape.

I sketched out this flying geese quilt below. While I love the colors and the concept of having different colors for the geese and the sky, it felt like it wasn’t anything fresh or new.

So I switched over to my graph paper and worked on different ways of making the flying geese block a little different than what I had seen out there in the quilting world. I was excited when I came up with the idea to make a large flying geese block out of smaller pieces.

I moved back to my computer and took the colors from my original sketch to form my new block design. I varied the shades of each color for each block to really give it depth and sparkle.

I absolutely loved how it looked, but didn’t want to have a square quilt. So, I needed to figure out how to add to it in a way I could easily explain, but also looked good with the design. I decided to add 2 scrappy geese to each row, which had the unintended benefit of staggering the breaks in the rows and giving the quilt more movement and personality. I could not wait to get my fabric and see my sketch become a reality.

I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture fabrics to make the quilt and their variety of colors was perfect for that scrappy look I wanted. I was happily surprised to see how close the final quilt looked to my mock-up! It is one of my favorite quilts I’ve made and is definitely one I’ll make again.

Edited to add: If you’d like to make your own version, you can pick up the pattern here.

5 Responses

  1. Brenda Ackerman

    I have been quilting for over 10 years now and just in the last two years have really learned to make half square triangles and flying geese. In this adventure, I have so totally fallen in love with them it is really rather amusing. So, I was interested in this article right away and was totally surprised with the final quilt choice. Yet, I have to say….it is stupendous!!!! You designed a Masterpiece in my opinion and I thank you for sharing it! Have a great day!

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