Epic Halloween QAL, Week 4: Cauldron & Potion Bottle

If you haven’t yet recovered from making three spiders, this week should give you a breather and allow you to catch up! This week we are making two more paper pieced blocks, both freely available from the lovely folks at Fandom In Stitches, and in particular the Harry Potter section (check them all out in case you find one you really want to include in your quilt!).

Cauldron block

Potion bottle

These blocks are sized to be 5” finished, so we need to resize them to 6” finished. Check out this excellent tutorial on how to resize any block! In this case, we need to print the blocks at 120%. You can also just resize the block by adding a ½” border (1” cut strips) on all sides. This is essentially what I did for the cauldron block.

Much of the fun of this quilt is in the fabric placement, and this week’s blocks are the first good opportunity for some strategic fabric placement. Spiders are the main ingredient in the potion bubbling away in my cauldron in the forest!

Cauldron | Flying Parrot Quilts

Here is my potion. It’s a little different from the pattern, because I tried used curved piecing for the bottom section. I thought that would be easier, but the fiddling around trying to get sections to line up wasn’t worth it, so I’d recommend just sticking with the pattern! You can omit some of the really tiny pieces (e.g. 2 and 3 in section B or 3 and 9 in Section D) if you’d prefer.

Potion bottle | Flying Parrot Quilts

Let’s see your progress! Tag your photos with #epichalloweenqal.

Posted in Quilt Alongs | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Epic Halloween QAL, Week 3: Spooky Spiders

This week we start with some of the larger paper pieced blocks—it’s spider time! If you don’t have your pattern yet, get it here. Stick with me as we talk about the block measurements; I’ve got a tip for cutting your background fabrics at the end of the post. If you’ve not made a pattern that requires multiple sections to be joined before, my paper piecing guide here covers how to pin them together to get the best alignment.

The pattern includes three sizes: 16″, 12″, and 8″ finished. Trim down the large block to 15 1/2″ (unfinished)—there is plenty of background so you won’t get too close to the spider itself by doing that.

Large Spooky Spider | Flying Parrot Quilts

Aragog the Large

This largest spider requires you to tape together your pattern pieces B, C, E, and F. Word to the wise: use masking tape, painter’s tape, or washi tape. Scotch tape melts under the heat of your iron and makes a mess!

Shelob (medium, 12 1/2″ unfinished) fits perfectly into the quilt top.

Medium Spooky Spider | Flying Parrot Quilts

Shelob the Medium

The small size is 8 1/2″ unfinished, and needs a bit of an adjustment. This spider fits into the quilt in this odd section:

odd section | Flying Parrot Quilts

I had a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ fussy cut haunted house (from the “Ghastlies” line by Alexander Henry) that I wanted to include in this section. If you want to use a piece of fabric this size, piece your spider as directed in the pattern, then add a 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strip of background fabric at the top:

adding top strip | Flying Parrot Quilts

If you’d rather stick to the 3″ x 3″ grid layout, in which case you can add extra candy corn, witches’ hats, or a potion bottle in the remaining slot, you’ll want to size up your spider to 9″ finished. To do this, simply print the small spider pattern with your printer scaling set to 112%. Please be aware that this will make your seam allowances a little larger, too, so you’ll want to use a ruler to square the block up to 9 1/2 x 9 1/2″ at the end rather than relying just on the outside line. Also, if your top seam allowance line bleeds off the edge of the page, just redraw it 1/4″ from the block edge using one of your rulers.

Small Spooky Spider | Flying Parrot Quilts

Charlotte the Small

There are a number of large-ish background fabric pieces in this pattern. Here’s a little tutorial on how to cut your background pieces to minimize fabric waste. (This tip will come in handy for the bat pattern later, too!)

Since the two halves of the spider are mirror images of one another, you’ll need mirrored background pieces. Fold your fabric in half and place Section F in the corner:

Fabric Cutting for Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

We will start with piece 13, the bottom corner piece. Fold the template back along one of the seam lines:

Fabric Cutting for Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

 

Using an appropriate marking tool, trace the line about ½” away (to account for seam allowance)

Fabric Cutting for Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Repeat with the other seam line(s) of piece 13: fold back, then trace along the line, leaving room for seam allowance.

Fabric Cutting for Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

If you like, you can go ahead and cut out the piece you’ve already marked. Cut through both layers, then pin a note to the pieces to remind yourself where they belong. In this case, because you’ve folded the fabric right side out, the bottom piece will be for section F, and the top piece will be for the mirror-image section C.

To move on to the next piece (in this case, 14—the order in which the pieces are sewn is not important for this!), shift your paper up so that the fold line is now about 1/2″ on the other side of your drawn line.

Fabric Cutting for Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Then, follow the line about 1/2″ from the edge of the paper.

Fabric Cutting for Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

This way, we don’t waste fabric in between all those weird angles.

Fabric Cutting for Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Continue with sections E and then D, tracing the pieces in the approximate configuration in which they’ll be sewn.

As a final reminder, when placing your fabrics, don’t skip folding the paper back! This really helps a lot with placement, particularly when you’ve pre-cut your fabrics close to the size of the final piece.

Tag your finished spiders with #epichalloweenqal and #spookyspiderpattern!

Posted in Quilt Alongs | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Epic Halloween QAL, Week 2: Candy Corn & Witch Hats

As you might have realized, we’re going to be doing a lot of paper piecing for this quilt. So, I thought we’d start with some simple blocks to ease you into it if you’re new to paper piecing, or if it’s just been a while since you used the technique.

Our first blocks are candy corn and witches’ hats. I used 4 candy corn blocks and 2 witch hat blocks in my quilt. (Weird colored candy corn, that is. I don’t know what flavor this is, but I’m sure it tastes terrible.)

Mini Halloween Blocks | Flying Parrot Quilts

When printing paper piecing patterns, you always want to make sure to set your printer scaling to 100%, or “Do Not Scale.” Most patterns will provide you with a size test square. Make sure to measure this block and confirm that it is the indicated size—if it isn’t, check your printer settings and try again.

After printing your pattern, cut roughly around the block.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Take a piece of fabric that is big enough to cover the section marked A1 and allow for about 1/4″ of seam allowances around all sides, and pin it to the first section with the wrong side facing the paper.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Then, fold the paper back along the line between sections A1 and A2.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

With the paper still folded back, place a piece of fabric large enough to cover section A2 (plus seam allowances) on top of piece 1, right sides together. (You can’t tell here because I’m using batiks which have no right or wrong sides.) Make sure that the fabric covers section A2 and there is enough overhang for seam allowances. Holding everything up to a window often helps!

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Leaving the fabric in place, fold back the paper and stitch along the marked line between sections 1 and 2, starting and ending about 1/4″ past the line, and using a slightly reduced stitch length. (I just hold the fabric in place with my fingers, but you could pin if you are not comfortable with that.)

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Fold the paper back again and trim down the seam allowance to 1/4″ with a ruler and rotary cutter or with scissors.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Open up your paper and press piece A2 into place with your iron. (I forgot to take a picture of this, but you can see it in the next photo.)

Now, fold down the paper along the line between pieces A2 and A3, and place your fabric so that it covers A3 well while folded back. Again, your fabrics should be placed with right sides together.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Fold the paper back and stitch along the marked line, then trim your seam allowance and press piece A3 into place.

When moving to piece A4, you will have to pull the stitching in the seam allowance away from the paper carefully in order to fold the paper back.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Place your first background piece, then fold the paper back and stitch.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Remember to start stitching before the line.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Continue until all pieces have been sewn. Your block will look like this:

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

Using a ruler and your rotary cutter, trim through the fabric and the paper on the outside line.

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

This is what your finished candy corn block will look like!

Paper Piecing | Flying Parrot Quilts

The witch’s hat block is just as easy—follow the same steps, paying attention to the order of the fabrics!

A word of advice to the less experienced paper piecers out there: when I first started using this technique, folding back the paper all the time seemed like a waste of time, and I decided to skip it. This led to endless frustration in fabric pieces not covering the paper sections properly, and having to rip out seams with a reduced stitch length is not fun. Don’t skip this step—I still have to rip occasionally, but it’s a lot less frequent since I learned my lesson and started folding the paper back!

Paper piecing can generate quite a few small scraps.  I recommend that, even if you are scrap-averse in your normal quilting life, you hold on to all but your truly unusable scraps for the time being. There’s a lot of paper piecing in this quilt, and you will have plenty of opportunities to use small pieces in the weeks to come!

Please share your progress on this quilt-along on social media using the hashtag #epichalloweenqal!

Posted in Quilt Alongs | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Welcome to the Epic Halloween Quilt-Along, Week 1!

Welcome to the Epic Halloween Quilt quilt-along! I’m so touched by all the love you guys have been heaping on this quilt on Instagram, and I’m excited to see everyone else’s take on it!

Epic Halloween Quilt Top | Flying Parrot Quilts

There are a lot of blocks to cover, so I’m planning for a 12-week quilt-along. That’ll give you a finished top by the end of the summer, with two months left to finish any blocks you might have missed, and of course for quilting and binding in time for the big day, Halloween! Here’s the schedule:

Week 1: Gathering your fabrics and patterns
Week 2: Candy Corn and Witches’ Hats
Week 3: Spooky Spider
Week 4: Cauldron & another Potion (from Fandom In Stitches)
Week 5: Ring of Coffins pattern (from Art School Dropout)
Week 6: Variable Potions
Week 7: Midnight Bite pattern (from Lilly Ella Stitchery)
Week 8: Eyeballs (from Happy Sew Lucky)
Week 9: Barn Bats
Week 10: Curved Spiderwebs
Week 11: Broomstick and Haunted House
Week 12: Filler Blocks & Quilt Assembly

This is a fairly ambitious line-up, and depending on how limited your sewing time is, don’t worry if you fall behind; these posts aren’t going anywhere! Just make sure you grab your patterns. I’ve tried to alternate between harder and easier weeks to give you a chance to catch up.

This week is for preparing yourself for the epic-ness to come! You’ll find a list of the fabrics I used, in case you’re wanting to purchase some specifically for this quilt. Most of the Halloween fabrics should still be around and reasonably easy to find.

Patterns

The quilt uses patterns from several different sources, along with the ones you’ll find here over the course of the quilt-along. The base grid for this quilt is a 3″ x 3″ grid (with one small exception), so we will be resizing some of these patterns a little.

You’ll need to purchase:

Midnight Bite by Nicole of Lilly Ella Stitchery
Nicole has very kindly offered 20% off on her pattern for those of you participating in the quilt-along. Use code FPQAL on Payhip, good through the end of June!

Ring of Coffins by Jessee of Art School Dropout

Spooky Spider—on sale for 20% off for the duration of the quilt-along on Craftsy or PatternSpot

Free for the duration of this quilt-along:

Haunted House
Broomstick
Variable potions

Free:

Candy Corn and Witch Hat
Cauldron (from www.fandominstitches.net)
Potion (from www.fandominstitches.net)
Eyeballs by Happy Sew Lucky

Other materials: A sheet of template plastic is useful for the curved spiderweb blocks. I used the Phillips Simple Curves Ruler for those blocks; if you plan to make a lot of these blocks in the future you may want to consider investing in one.

Fabrics

This quilt is fairly scrappy and great for using up various Halloween fabrics you’ve got floating around. If you’d like to purchase fabrics specifically for it, I recommend purchasing half yards of large-scale prints and quarter yards or fat quarters of the smaller-scale prints. For the Halloween-themed fabrics, this is approximately what I used for the quilt top.

Cotton and Steel, Spellbound:

  • Doily Web in Gray – ½ yard
  • Skull Dot in Metallic Black – ½ yard
  • Haunted Forest in Grey, Lilac, and Coral; Skull Dot in Metallic Mint; Mummy Dance in Mint and Grey; Elixir in Grey – ¼ yard/fat quarter each

Alexander Henry, Ghastlies:

  • ½ yard each of A Ghastlie Web in gray and pink
  • Scraps of The Ghastlies in Smoke

Jen Allyson for Riley Blake, Lost and Found Halloween:

  • Newsprint in Cream (fat quarter)
  • Halloween Spiders in Cream (fat quarter)

Lizzy House, Guising (now reissued as part of her Whisper Palette Collection):

  • Ghosty Ghost in Light Grey (fat quarter)

Chillingsworth’s Spooky Ride

  • Skeletons in Tan (fat quarter)
Filler block | Flying Parrot Quilts

Newsprint in Cream. I couldn’t bear to cut this up! Clearly inspired by Harry Potter, but I particularly like the ad for Damart The Great’s Spell Casting Services.

I supplemented these with coordinating non-Halloween fabrics from my stash. The dusty rose and lilac colors can be hard to match, but some of Alison Glass’ older Sun Prints are a dusty lilac and match well; I used two quarter yards of these. Some of the other non-Halloween fabrics I used were:

  • Jennifer Sampou, Shimmer (used primarily for bat wings and potion bottles)
  • Janet Clare, The Wordsmith (fat quarters of Ink and Quill, 1395 13 and 1396 12, respectively)
  • Solids in black and dark grey

To break up the busy pieced blocks, I scattered plain blocks throughout. If you have any sections of your fabric that you can’t bear to cut up or want to fussy cut, go ahead and set those aside. Otherwise, we’ll deal with these at the end.

  • 6 – 6½” x 6½” squares
  • 1 – 12½” x 12½” square
  • 1 – 6½” x 9½” rectangle
  • 1 – 3½” x 9½” rectangle
  • 1 – 4½” x 6½” rectangle

That’s it for this week! If you have any questions, post them in the comments and I’ll answer them for all to see. Next week, we’ll start with some simple paper-pieced blocks to ease you into paper piecing if you haven’t done any in a while.

Please post your progress shots for this quilt on social media with the hashtag #epichalloweenqal!

Posted in Quilt Alongs, Tutorials | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Name Challenge mini quilt

*Warning: mild Shakespearean profanity*

My small local modern quilting group recently came up with a fun challenge: everyone wrote down several quilt names on slips of paper, and then we all took turns drawing a name out of a hat. The challenge was to make a quilt that fits the name. (Actually, we each drew two names so that we’d have a choice.)

The name I chose to go with was “Out, Damned Spot,” the famous line from Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy. (The actual name I drew was a variation of this, but Shakespeare is so easy to misremember!) Here’s my quilt:

Out, Damned Spot! | Flying Parrot Quilts

The background is improv pieced from various low-volume fabrics. The blood spot is raw edge appliquéd. I matchstick quilted the quilt to hold down all the small pieces sticking out.

Out, Damned Spot appliqué detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

I love the way it turned out—but wait, this quilt has a hidden surprise! If you remember, the whole point of Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking soliloquy was that she was still seeing imaginary bloodstains on her hands, even after washing them endlessly. Turn out the lights on this quilt, and…

Out Damned Spot! glow | Flying Parrot Quilts

The timing of this challenge—and the name I drew—was very fortuitous, as I’d just bought glow-in-the-dark screen printing ink, and really wanted to try it out on a quilting project! I used this basic technique to make the stencil for the screen.

You can see the splatter in the daylight once you know it’s there, as the ink is a bit yellowish, which is my only disappointment as far as the results go.

Out Damned Spot! screen print detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

The mini is backed with some leftover backing from my Meeting of the Geese quilt finish and bound with the same red batik used for the bloodstain appliqué.

Out, Damned Spot! backing detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

Title: Out, Damned Spot!
Size: 18″ x 18″
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt, 2021

Posted in Finished Quilts, Mini Quilts | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

The AQS Paducah Experience

My quilt “Celestial Orbs” won an Honorable Mention ribbon at the AQS show in Paducah a couple of weeks ago, and when I found out I’d won something, I made the spur-of-the-moment decision to drive up to Kentucky and go see it. (Thanks to my good friend Marybeth who let me crash in her hotel room!)

Celestial Orbs at AQS Paducah | Flying Parrot Quilts

Apparently the quilters that show up to this show every year double the population of the town! To even get to my quilt I had to fight my way through aisles that looked like this:

Paducah crowds | Flying Parrot Quilts

We met ladies from as far away as England and Australia. Late in the afternoon, everyone is worn out, and I was finally able to get this wide-angle shot of my quilt hanging.

Celestial Orbs | Flying Parrot Quilts

I did get to do a winner’s interview, but it doesn’t seem to have been posted yet, so I’ll update when that is available.

They literally inflate a building to hold all the overflow vendors. It’s held up by positive pressure inside the building, and your ears pop every time you go in or out.

Paducah pavilion outside | Flying Parrot Quilts

Paducah pavilion inside | Flying Parrot Quilts

Of course, no trip to Paducah is complete without a visit to the legendary Hancock’s of Paducah (not affiliated with the soon-to-be-defunct fabric store chain). It’s too big for photos alone, so I took these panoramas—click to enlarge! (And sorry about the camera glitch on the bottom! 🙂 )

HoP front panorama | Flying Parrot Quilts

HoP back panorama | Flying Parrot Quilts It is almost a little too big to do much shopping—I get overwhelmed when there are so many choices, but I did manage to find a few fabrics that spoke to me.

On the final morning, we went to town super early to visit the National Quilt Museum, which is located just a few blocks from the show venue. There was a little farmers’ market set up in the parking lot, and I found this amazing stand selling the most beautiful air plants.

Air plants | Flying Parrot Quilts

I have a weakness for air plants, and I’m pretty sure the owners thought I was completely insane. After leaving a bunch of money with them, we headed over to the quilt museum. No pictures were allowed, but George Siciliano was demonstrating his tiny foundation piecing techniques in the lobby, and he allowed me to snap this photo of a quilt that I loved, because the colors were just like those of the air plants I’d just bought!

George Siciliano quilts | Flying Parrot Quilts

It was quite an experience to attend a show this big, but I’m so glad I made the drive up. It was totally worth it, and I hope to get to go to this show again in the future!

Posted in Shows | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Red Diamonds quilt

I’m excited to reveal my latest quilt pattern, “Red Diamonds”!

Red Diamonds quilt | Flying Parrot QuiltsIt is based on a traditional block called “Red Peony Buds.” The pattern for this quilt has just been released in the Spring 2016 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine.

Red Diamonds quilt detail |  | Flying Parrot Quilts

red diamonds piecing detail

Because of time constraints in getting this quilt finished, I asked my friend Marybeth Tawfik to longarm quilt it for me, and I love what she did with it! I knew I wanted her to extend the zigzag pattern between the diamonds into the negative space, but she chose all the fun swirly fills.

Red Diamonds quilting detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

I backed it with a Cotton + Steel print that matched the colors on the front beautifully:

Red Diamonds with backing | Flying Parrot Quilts

This pattern is approved by Mother Nature—a cute little American Toad showed up while I was taking these photos! (Look closely and you’ll see it in the full quilt picture above, too!)

Red Diamonds quilt & toad | Flying Parrot Quilts

Get your copy of the magazine here in digital format, or preorder a paper copy (on newsstands on April 19)!

Modern patchwork spring 2016

Posted in Finished Quilts, Patterns | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Two more swap mini quilts

Here are two quilts I’ve made for recent swaps. There seem to be less swaps happening on Instagram these days, so my obligations for the time being are finished. That’s probably a good thing, as I have a ton of personal projects awaiting completion!

This quilt was made for the Geeky Science Swap. While the mini isn’t particularly science-inspired, my partner was a big fan of the TV show “Lost,” and it turns out that the logo suits itself really well to patchwork.

Lost quilt front | Flying Parrot Quilts

The center is raw edge appliqué. I did at least use some science fabric for the piecing of the outer portion.

Lost quilt detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

And the backing was science-inspired, too.

Lost quilt backing | Flying Parrot Quilts

I used some new opaque fabric markers for the label, and was rather pleased with how well they worked!

I also participated in the second round of the Rainbow Mini Swap, but ended up not making a rainbow quilt as my partner seemed more into pink and yellow than rainbows!

Rainbow Mini swap round 2 quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I cut some of these patches with my Silhouette machine, but eventually went back to the old-fashioned way. A pattern is available here.

Rainbow Mini swap 2 detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

I found a perfect backing in my stash, although I always end up having to piece the backings for mini quilts because a fat quarter isn’t quite enough.

Rainbow Mini swap 2 back | Flying Parrot Quilts

Posted in Finished Quilts, Mini Quilts, Swaps | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Planning quilt show entries

Since I’ve been entering a lot of quilt shows lately, I’ve had to find a good way of keeping track of show deadlines, when various quilts are gone, etc., so that I don’t accidentally find myself trying to send a quilt to two shows at the same time. I tried keeping track of it on my Google calendar, but it cluttered up my regular non-quilt-related calendar, and entering all that information somehow seemed to take more time than just writing it down, so I got myself a cheap monthly planner from OfficeMax. It’s best to get the longest-term one you can find; I found a two-year monthly planner for about $6.

I received a Silhouette Curio (a totally awesome electronic cutting machine) for my birthday last year, so I went into planner cuteness overdrive, but it works just as well with a few colored pens and some highlighters, which is how I handled it before. There’s a picture of that below, too.

Quilt Planner | Flying Parrot Quilts

The “quilt show planner” decal was cut with the Silhouette. You could also use Sharpies or a paint pen to decorate.

Next, I thought about what I really needed to keep track of when it comes to quilt shows.

  • Of course, the entry deadline and, if you’re accepted, the subsequent shipping deadline are most important.
  • I also wanted to keep track of whether a show has a modern quilt category, since that is often an important consideration in whether or not a quilt of mine is well suited to a particular show.
  • I need to keep track of the full range of dates a particular quilt will be gone so I can make sure that it will arrive at the following show in time to be judged.
  • Finally, I get impatient about the results, so I want to be able to quickly check when I’ll find out whether a quilt has gotten into a show, and when the show is (i.e., winners are announced).

With that in mind, I designed some little stickers for my planner.

Quilt Planner | Flying Parrot Quilts

I color-coded them and left myself some room to write information about which quilt or which show it is.

Now, I can just stick them onto the appropriate dates and have all the information for the month available at a glance! Here are January and February of this year:

Quilt Planner | Flying Parrot Quilts

Quilt Planner | Flying Parrot Quilts

Even if I don’t end up entering all the shows I put in the calendar, I still like to check out the winners, so it’s worth keeping them there.

Before I had my Silhouette, I used different colors of pens and highlighters to keep track of the same information. Here is October from last year’s planner.

Quilt Planner | Flying Parrot Quilts

Here, I used green highlighter to indicate show dates, red pen to indicate an entry deadline (I’d include an asterisk to indicate that the show has a modern category), and yellow highlighter to indicate when a quilt is gone. So far I haven’t been highlighting in this year’s planner, but I probably still will do so when a quilt is gone only part of a month. I also use the “Notes” field to keep track of any additional information—not all monthly planners include such a field, so it’s worth looking through a few to find one that does.

Now go forth and enter shows!

Posted in Shows | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Meeting of the Geese: MQG Quilt of the Month!

I am SO EXCITED to finally get to show you this quilt! It’s called “Meeting of the Geese,” and if you’re a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, this is the January Quilt of the Month, which means that you can go get the free pattern on the community website right now—check your email for the link!

Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

Although this quilt is called “Meeting of the Geese” because it reminds me of flying geese blocks so much, it’s actually just a whole lot of half square triangles, which makes it easy.

It’s based on a block called “North Wind” that I ran across while browsing the block library in Electric Quilt:

North Wind Quilt Block | Flying Parrot Quilts

The easiest places to see the block are in the top right and bottom left corners of the quilt.

The quilting is all straight-line quilting done with my walking foot. I decided not to space the lines evenly, and I seriously love the texture that created.

Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

I used mostly matching thread on the light and the dark half of the quilt, but interspersed it with some contrasting lines, including some red ones, every now and then for a little added interest.

Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the two-colored binding that changes color right at the corner. I’ve done this before, but I think I found an easier way of getting it accurate, and the instructions for that are included in the pattern!

Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

It’s backed with a fun red print that matches the red accents in the front of the quilt.

Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

Quilt Stats:
Dimensions: 63″ x 63″
Fabrics: Northcott Glacier, Kona Charcoal, Kona Ruby
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 blend
Threads: Invisafil 100-weight polyester (grays), Aurifil 50-weight cotton (red)
Backing: Fresh Pick by Suzy Pilgrim Waters

Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

Posted in Finished Quilts, Patterns | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments