Fellow Stash Bee Hivemate Samantha is putting together a flying geese sampler quilt in dark reds, brownish-golds, olives, and chocolate browns. We have free reign to make any geese block of our choice. I’ve been wanting to try out that circle of geese paper piecing block, but with this baby about to make his/her appearance any day, I’m eager to simply meet all my obligations before I get distracted. So, I followed the geese block tutorial Samantha wrote for the Stash Bee blog.
I struggled with the colors a little. Samantha’s inspiration this month is a little more traditional, and I had to hunt through my stash to find some darker colors that reflected the rich tones she wants in her sampler.
The background fabric needed to be an off-white, neutral with a print that wasn’t too strong. I auditioned a couple before deciding on some subtle taupe bubbles.
I wanted my geese points to be super-sharp, so I made sure that when I connected my geese, my needle landed just a hair to the right of the stitch geese point. Quilters often harp on the quarter inch seam allowance, as we should – consistent, accurate seam allowances are important! But, perfect points are pretty, too, and the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can get nice points by making sure that your quarter inch seam takes you right up to, but not on, that place where the geese stitch seams converge.
If your joining seam goes right up to that geese point, you’ll press your seam open and find that your geese point just barely grazes the next block. Perfect!
I always like to mention the fun challenge it is to work within someone else’s color scheme and design preferences – this month was no different. These colors weren’t my favorite when I first pulled them, but they’ve gone together nicely in this geese sampler block.
I tried out the animal print to see if it’d be subtle enough as a background neutral. I’m not sure if it works, but I’m sending them along and Samantha can decide for herself. She also did something pretty smart – she asked for leftovers from the geese for a scrappy border for her sampler. Here you go, Samantha. Enjoy!