Wednesday, July 12, 2017

An Oldie, Hostas, and Hexies

The other day when I was walking my granddog near the pond behind our house, it reminded me of a quilt I made years ago for our guild's One Patch Strawberry Supper Challenge Project.   

Yep! Geese! 

Flying Geese, that is :) The challenge was to use only one shape and the finished quilt had to be 24" x 24" or larger. Mine is 32" x 43".

I knew right away I wanted to make a repro of this early New England quilt in Sandi Fox's book, Small Endearments, another all-time favorite. Triangles were the only shape.  

All the fabrics were from my stash and I sewed the geese in horizontal rows . . . 

. . . taking care to mark and align centers all the way across. 

The fabric on the back is another favorite by Karen Jarrar for Marcus Brothers.

A detail of the chevron quilting.

That was the first time I ever made a 3/8" binding. Up until then my bindings were always 1/2". I started the quilt in 2002, showed the top at the Strawberry Supper in 2003, and after pledging to the guild to complete this UFO, finished it in 2004 :)


On another note, we have lots of Hostas in our yard.   

My daughter sprayed them last month with deer repellent which seemed to do the trick. So far the deer have left them alone :) Thanks, Con! 

My current evening project is quilting Morris hexies and so far I've been able to do one per night. Little by little . . . 

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


  1. That little "geese" quilt is sensational. I love flying geese and this one is great. Love the backing too. Glad you have been able to get some hand quilting in. Those Morris hexies are beautiful.

  2. Love your flying geese challenge. I think it would be a challenge to sew it together in horizontal rows. You did great. Your yard looks lovely with the hosts blooming. The Morris hexies are definitely coming along.

  3. What a great challenge! your geese are just great. That was before my time so I missed it.
    Oh how I miss my hostas in NJ. You have a lovely row of them.
    Your quilting is looking wonderful and adding lots of good texture.

  4. I don't think I've ever seen flying geese made and arranged like that, but you did a beautiful job! Your quilting is really pretty too, on both pieces. I wish I had pretty hostas like yours around the tree in my front yard! Maybe next year! ---"Love"

  5. Your flying geese quilt is awesome ! I love the fabrics you used to make it... Congratulations Barb !
    The Morris Hexatons will be gorgeous, no doubt about that ! :)

  6. That quilt is darling! I would have a hard time making it that way though.