My local guild, the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild, hosted an in-guild mini Quilt Swap. Back in February we secretly drew names for our partners and received their color requests. The challenge was to use only solids and incorporate one of the characteristics of Modern Quilting. I am not much of a solids user and it is always a challenge for me to use them because I really like the movement that patterned fabric gives to a project.
My partner listed blue, aqua, orange, and rainbow as the preferred colors. Negative Space and Alternate Gridwork were the characteristics that were listed as the favorites. My partner is someone whose work I admire and love (Janet from @simplypieced.) She has a precise and clean look to her piecing and I wanted to make her something that she could love as much as I love a mini quilt of hers that I have hanging in my sewing room.
I’d been wanting to make a new flying geese pattern that was recently released and floating around Instagram. It is the Geese in a Circle pattern by Alyin-Niyla. I thought I could mix up the colors a bit and make them all shine.My favorite variation is the one on the top left but I just had a do it a bit differently. I couldn’t keep with the norm and made it my own. I took 2 sections and flipped them around so the two sizes flowed away from each other. How cool would this look in a larger quilt flowing back and forth like that? It could be awesome! I didn’t like all that negative space. I know, I know, that the challenge was to incorporate some negative space but I just couldn’t have as much as was there. So, I added some bias strips to the corners. I’d been staring at it for weeks with uncertainty and it didn’t come together until I added those strips. That was the piece that I needed to move this to completion.The quilting had to follow the flow of those geese. It just had to. I put a solid teal on the back and it really shows off the quilting. The label is printed on fabric and raw edge appliquéd on with some improv corners. I like how that turned out so I may use that technique a bit more.I quilted it with some new-to-me Aurifil thread. I’m just starting to use the Aurifil and my machine appears to like it very much. I got some thread packs for Christmas and dig into them each time to pick just the right neutral to use for the quilt. I’m super happy with it. I may need to grab some colored packs and play. 🙂