Friday, July 15, 2016

Flashing Geese Mini Mini

You may recall the minimini I entered into Make Modern's Challenge back in June:
I can tell you more about it now that it has arrived in Ireland, which was really quick btw!  Flashing Geese is now living in Helen's house.  Helen of Midget Gem Quilts.  Ha, just realized a minimini is an appropriately sized quilt for a midget gem of a blog no?!
Couldn't resist popping in this photo once again, geese on the ... hmmm...crane.  Whatever, birds of a feather, as I said before!

I had offered a little while ago to purchase and send some fabric to Helen if she wanted to take advantage of some of the awesome sales that occur from time to time at Fat Quarter Shop, and Craftsy.  Well she took me up on that offer.  How could I just merrily pop the little package in the mail to her when it arrived at my house without adding a little personal touch?  I couldn't.   This was also a way to test a paper-piecing pattern for another idea I had in the Henry Glass Fabrics Desire to Inspire Challenge.

Some of the symbolism in the minimini:
The name:  Flashing because you may recall Helen recently finished a gorgeous quilt called Mrs. Hot Hot using bee blocks from last year.  She and I are within a few months of the same age, so we occasionally get hot flashes... Geese because Canada Geese are even found in Ireland!   I am Canadian.

The binding:  First of all I love black and pink (to be honest, I love black with any colour) but I knew I wanted to frame this in a black and white print.  At the time I was binding it, Helen was "parlez-vous français-ing" around France, and when I spotted the Michael Miller Eiffel Tower print in my stash, well, cue the choir.  If you look closely at the binding, those longer 'strips' of white you see beside the tiny flower?  That's a part of La Tour Eiffel.

The quilting:
As I said to someone on the post where I showed you my Make Modern minimini entry, I guess it's micro-matchstick quilting!  I hadn't set out to do that but wanted to flatten the background around the coloured geese as well as the ghost geese, and the back and forth gave the sense of direction of zooming geese flying north or south, take your pick, with the swirls indicating wind currents.

The back: (a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say)

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  based on a Carol Doak paper-piecing pattern
Size: 4.25" square
Fabric: scraps from my stash; backing is a charm square from a Northcott Fabrics Oh Canada and Stonehenge pack from Sew Sisters; binding is Michael Miller
Batting: Warm 'n Natural scrap
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced and quilted with Gütermann; quilted with white Isacord 50 wt.

Linking up with
Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. I've already gushed over this quilt on Helen's blog. It's very beautiful Sandra and a testament to your skill. You are such a giving person...sending quilty love around the planet.

  2. My generous thoughtful sister! This is beautiful and of COURSE the back is the best part....proud to be Canadian!!! 🍁

  3. I absolutely love everything that makes up this little mini! You forgot to mention the tiny hidden "H." My favorite part of Sandra gifts is finding the hidden words or letters.

  4. A beautiful Mini, and a huge part of our lives as quilters, sewers and makers of all things, is making something special, with love, and posting it off to another part of the world. love the analogy of one of your photos, a superb setting.

  5. I too have gushed over this on Helen's blog. You are such a kind, caring person 😀 and the detail is just amazing.... beautiful xx

  6. Too sweet! I enjoyed reading all about it. Popped over to meet Helen, and she was so delighted with her gift! Isn't it fun to make someone's day? XO

  7. I'm trying to think of what to say without being sycophantic . I love the hot flash of colour ..I live the geese that are Canadian ... I love the wind current quilting ... I love the ghost geese ... I love the Eiffel Tower binding ..., and now I'm off to look for the letter H. Xx

  8. This is beautiful but, seriously, the finished size is smaller than a charm square? How do you do that!!! Next thing I'll be looking at one you've made the size of a mini-charm. Wow!

  9. Wow another cutie! I think you are really liking mini mini's!!

  10. Your mini mini is very cute! I love the quilting you added to it!


I wholeheartedly appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment, as they make my day! I answer every one by personal email. :-) Unless... you are a "no-reply" blogger, which can occur for a few reasons. You can get around that by writing out your email within your comment so that I can answer you.