Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Making Those Geese FLY!

Sorry for the glare in the picture, but this is what I was playing with last night. Since I am pretty new to machine piecing I'm still getting a kick out of learning how to use all these little tools that my quilting friends have been raving about. With this ruler you cut one large square and four little squares and through some kind of mathematical magic when you sew it all together and cut it just so...PERFECT flying geese! And not just one perfect goose, but four, count them, four geese. Hand sewing flying geese is always a crap shoot, even if you cut and sew precisely--probably because of those pesky bias edges on the triangles. This thing is terrific!

Now, of course, I'm thinking of all the things I could do with this...Not tonight, though. I had one of those Bermuda Triangle days where everything I touched seemed to disappear as soon as I looked away. I would have a stack of papers in my hand and head across the classroom to put them in a folder, and by the time I reached the other side of the room, the stack would be gone. Minutes later the stack would reappear, but something else would go missing. I finally called it a day early and just came home.

Tonight I'm going to veg out in front of the TV (Netflix delivery today!).


McIrish Annie said...

there are some nifty tools out there for piecing. I learned to quilt and piece by hand but the process was so slow and I have far too many quilts in my head to piece them all by hand that I have been a machine quilter for some time.

I love going to a quilt shop or show (even better, more vendors!!) and checking out the new quilting doodads. It's like being a kid in a candy store but NO CALORIES!! :)

Pam said...

Hello and welcome to the world of blogging. It is a bit addictive if you don't watch out!

Very pretty butterfly quilt.

I too have just had my last chick abandon my nest. (Although he refuses to admit it and actually remove all of his belongings) I'm still a bit traumatized about it - the blogging and quilting seems to help.

Marita BK said...

How neat! I am going to make some flying geese in my Nearly Insane quilt- this tool was genious! Thank you for enlighten me.
And thank you for leaving a comment in my blog so I could visit yours! I have been surfing around here and I love what I see :o)

Helen said...

Hi Diana

Thanks for stopping by my blog and complimenting my quilting. This way of making flying geese is my all time favourite. I just love the fact that i get 4 done at once for what seems like no extra sewing.