Sunday, March 20, 2022

Project QUILTING - 13.6 - Flying Geese

Flying Geese

Welcome to The Joyful Quilter!!  And... Welcome back to the wonderful world of Project QUILTING hosted by Kim Lapacek @ Persimon Dreams!!  This post is outlining the 6th (and final) Challenge of Season 13.  Trish Frankland @ QuiltChicken is the creator of the challenge prompts that participants face and this week she went to the tradition of quilting and a basic unit of many quilt blocks.

FAIR WARNING:  It's a wild ride, but oh SEW rewarding!

Challenges are given and start to finish you have ONE WEEK to complete your project.  PQ 13.4 can be found at THIS LINK.

Step One...

Get a little excited at reading the title of this week's challenge.

Why, Joyful???

I have a pattern waiting for me to try out.  It is made with Flying Geese.  Choosing fabrics will be the hard part this time!

Step Two...

Read the instructions to see what is required of the sixth challenge.  Here's what Trish had to say:

...  today’s the day. This time, I want you to incorporate some pieced flying goose

 elements into your project. I don’t care how many you use – but I am setting a bare minimum at 5.


Incorporate them into another block or use them as the feature themselves.


Keep them penned into rows of rectangles, or let your goslings fly free and swirl them into parabolas.


Step Three...

Deflate.  One of the patterns that was mentioned was Turning Points by Hunter Design Studio, the very pattern that I was hoping to try out.  It seems too (cliche?) to use that for my entry now.  :o((

Step Four...

Review the rules:

Rule 1: Your project must include a minimum of 5 pieced flying geese blocks.


Rule 2: You have one week to meet the challenge. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline – that is, started on or after noon March 13th, 2022, and linked up by noon Central Time March 20th, 2022.

Step Five...

Read the links included with our weekly prompt:

Trish said that she once heard Gail Garber speak, and she offers inspiration aplenty on the free-form goose formation.

She include a blog post that features 5 different methods to construct flying geese. And steered us to Barbara Brackman for block history and inspiration.

Step Six... 

Gather supplies that are far different from what I originally expected:

And toss in some white/white-on-white scraps, too.  You gotta have some background!

Here is a sampling of my construction process...

(Scroll down to the bottom of the post NOW, if you don't care to see a blow by blow of the making of my quilt.)


I drew up my design (and left it at work.)


I redrew the design from memory before I screwed up my courage and began the paper piecing process:

I should really know better than to sew late into the evening and decided to call it quits after this happened. At least half of the arc was already assembled:

Days passed...

Suddenly, there was little more than 24 hours until the deadline.


I know.  Can you even believe I did that, again?


I made fairly quick work of the remaining geese, starting with the green one...

And continuing through the purple one:

After dinner, I chose the two large scrap chunks and pinned the first one...

And appliqued it down:

It turned out fairly well:

What about the other side, Joyful???

That one was a bit problematic, as I (unwisely) decided that I was going to piece it on, but hope that I can "quilt out" the puckers:


Came the part that reminded me why I don't normally paper piece THROUGH the paper:

Ripping out all those fiddly paper bits is a BIG pain:

With about 18 hours until the deadline...

My entry was layered and ready for quilting:

The concave part...

... Was followed by the convex part:

That left the arc of geese for last:

Here's a close-up showing the quilting:

Only the trimming and finishing for the morning...

As the deadline approached...

I added more quilting, chose binding and ran into a slew of issues, including having a
mechanical problem with my machine and sewing the binding to the FRONT of the quilt when I had planned to stitch it down by machine!  Fortunately, I had given myself an extra eighth-inch of clearance when I cut the binding:

1.5 hours prior to the deadline...

I present my completed Geese for Peace entry for PQ 13.6:

8" x 10.5"

There is usually a reason that I participate in these challenges...

... And this time, it's because I couldn't very well sit out the final challenge of the season when I've completed all the others, could I?!

There you have it...

Process, product, and the REAL reason for accepting this Challenge.

Follow THIS LINK to the Season 13 overview.  Check back on the Challenge release days (or sign-up to be notified automatically) and there may be one that YOU just can't resist.

It's a SHORT turnaround time!

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, that doesn't HAVE to be insurmountable.  With a little creativity and a few evenings, you really CAN do this!  My project was begun days after the prompt was announce, but was still finished with a couple of hours until the deadline.  I'm SEW looking forward to seeing what all the other entrants made.  I joined the link-up about 1 hour before the 12:00 CST deadline.

Until next time...
Let's go SEW!!!

Remember:  If I can do this, YOU can do it, too!

(Plus, there's a spot to post your completed Project QUILTING inspired projects AFTER the deadline for any of the challenges.)

Linking up with Alycia


Joining Cynthia


Sharing with Kelly


  1. Congratulations! You made it in time, Phew! Love how quiet and cheerful your geese are. Well done! ;^)

  2. Beautiful geese! I love the quilting on your piece.

  3. Great job, Joy! Quick as a wink (emphasis on the wink!) and your project was done beautifully!

  4. Way to go!! I loved the suspenseful play by play. And I am so impressed by creativity under deadline pressure.

  5. Flying geese of your own design and curved piecing - wow! This is really neat, Joy! Congratulations on your finish!

  6. I love this! It's so cheerful and hopeful, and the play by play was entertaining. Great work, and a nice "trophy" to hang in your sewing room!

  7. Wonderful colorful geese! Not being a last minuter, I was feeling the pressure and anxiety all through your play by play! You did it! There are a lot of inspiring flying geese projects in that challenge.

  8. You sure make me nervous, Joy! Good thing you work well under pressure and still have a moment or two to breathe! Geese for Peace turned out wonderfully and they are so graceful flying in formation towards one goal... the peace we all wish for!

  9. Great way to meet the challenge. Very fun little piece. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  10. Beautifully done! Love the tutorial

  11. What a wonderful challenge, Joy and your geese look fabulous. I have always been sorta scared to try piecing them, but you make it look easy and fun .

  12. A great finish and your geese look fabulous!

  13. What a great project! Love the process and the result.

  14. Its amazing!!!
    I am impressed with your curves...

  15. You made it and with curved piecing too!! Great job. It looks really wonderful.


  16. yeah! You DID it and it's gorgeous!!!!

  17. Your geese sure are fun, but that quilting is dead on.

  18. Congratulations on getting this beautiful work in time, and also all of the others.I got too busy at work to complete the challenges but I definitely would have done more if I could. They are a lot of fun.

  19. Wow, Joy! Your project is fabulous! I am barely successful with Flying Geese. You did them in record time and with a curve!!! Awesome!

  20. Woohoo - that was a fun ride! Love the finished quilt! Kudos for attempting the challenge and sticking with it!


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