Monday, March 21, 2022

Project Quilting 13.6 and Wrap Up

I finished Project Quilting, at Persimon Dreams, made every one of the six projects, and got them linked up on time. I'm pretty pleased with myself. Here is Challenge 13.6 Flying Geese.

I have had the Kona Nightfall for a while with the idea of a quilt background, rainbow colours on it, and haven't done anything about that thought. Until this challenge.
I am really pleased with how it turned out. I could NOT decide whether to turn it into a cushion or a tote bag. I'd even considered at first a wallhanging because I love the colour wheel aspect of it. Wall space is an issue up here, although I do change out some of my minis.

Finding the Benartex Fabrics 'Bree' by Nancy Halvorsen in my stash of navy and royal, made me super-excited. It was just perfect!

I used it for the binding too; gives a nice pop and happy feel to the front.
When I paper piece, I don't sew through the paper. It changed my LIFE when I learned how to do this thanks to Joanne at Canuck Quilter Designs way back in 2014. I also make templates; it takes a bit more time but it saves fabric and when there are wonky angles, it saves my sanity. I was able to use the template four times. No paper to rip either! 

Lots of threads came out to play to do the simple 'v' in each of the twelve geese. Most were Aurifil, but a few others were also used. Aurifil sent me the invisible to try when they replaced a wonky-feeding thread they'd sent me as an Island Batik ambassador. Well, a little over a year later, I finally had a project to give it a try on, and wow, I like this thread! I'll definitely be using it more.

I used it to SITD every one of the geese, and to do all the echo quilting. It really gives nice texture and I didn't even have to adjust the tension at all. My Bernina is a wonderful machine for great tension, but often with specialty threads like invisible or metallic ones, I do adjust it but not this time. I used a polyester in the bobbin. I could have used it to do the 'v' on each goose but I do enjoy matching and it gives them a little oomph I think.

Here it is IRL on our living room couch. It is 16.25" finished, a small size, but it's more for display than leaning on.😉

I love it!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Circle of Geese by Piece by Number
Size: 16.25" square
Fabric: Kona Cottons by Robert Kaufman
Backing: 'Bree' by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex Designer Fabrics 
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20 Cotton/Wool black
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with GĂŒtermann; quilted with Aurifil cotton 50 wt and invisible, Sulky rayon, GĂŒtermann and Mettler cotton

Here are all six projects:

A huge thank you to Kim for dreaming this up 13 years ago, and to Trish for dreaming up the challenges each year so that Kim and the rest of us can challenge our creativity. This year was my third year participating and I was so excited to find out I won a prize in 13.5 challenge, a PDF pattern from Hunter Design Studio. After probably a half hour of perusing Sam's 99 patterns, I've chosen Fourteen Squared, a recommendation by Stephanie, who I've 'met' through Instagram and the Postcard from Sweden QAL.

Speaking of QALs, my annual one is coming up fast. I've been working behind the scenes, and I do hope you may consider adding another quilt to your list of projects. It's free, a relaxed pace, it involves stars, and some great prizes.

Linking up


  1. I love your circle of geese pillow. The Navy is a perfect background for it.

    I am not fond of doing paper piecing, although I have seen some lovely results.

  2. Congrats on doing all 6, they all look amazing! I am going to have to try the Aurifil invisible thread, I use Superior invisible.

  3. Another lovely finish! Congratulations on making it all the way through and on schedule. I am a huge fan of the both Sulky an the Superior Threads version of invisible threads.

  4. The Nightfall is a wonderful background for the bright rainbow. The pillow looks wonderful on the sofa! :)

  5. Your cushion is lovely! I like that flying geese design but have never sewn it. Also I've not tried that method of FPP - with the amount that I do, I should have by now! Well done for keeping up with the challenge - with such spectacular results - and congratulations on your wee win, too. Hmmm, wondering if I can fit in another QAL...?!!!

  6. What a beautiful pillow and congratulations on completing all 6 challenges. Each project is wonderful. I love how you quilted the pillow and I'll have to look for the Aurifil invisible thread. Didn't think you would be doing another QAL this year after Postcards. Glad to hear it is happening. Hope to participate again.

  7. That's a great pillow, and it looks perfect on your couch!

  8. Well done on the cushion....and all the other challenges. Not done FPP that way, but should look into it one day. Looking forward to the next QAL, as it might perk me up a bit. Take care & hugs.

  9. Great job doing all 6 Project Quilting projects. Good to hear on the Aurifil invisible thread. I have wanted to try it for sometime, but haven't run into it anywhere. I really really love the backing fabric as well as this lovely quilt! Hooray for 6 fun projects!

  10. Your projects are wonderful! I did participate in the challenges this year; although, I missed #4 and #5. I love your "cat cover". It reminds me of the way my kitty sits.

  11. Love all your project quilting projects. I *knew* I'd seen a little pouch done with the HST from Postcard from Sweden project but couldn't remember where - should have known it would be you! :-) I wasn't sure you were going to do your usual QAL because you'd done the PfS QAL; and stars - can't wait.

  12. Oh, I made these Circle of Geese blocks back in 2013! I made nine of them, alternating blocks with a white background, and light gray in the four center points; and a gray background with white in the four center points... and of course, a rainbow of geese around the outside of every one. I love mine, and let guests enjoy it too, on the guest bedroom wall. :-) Yours with the navy background is really striking! So many good ways to colorize this block! Nice that you could join this challenge, and come up with so many makes. You've been busy!

  13. The Circle of Geese cushion/pillow is beautiful! I made one at a workshop at a retreat! The member leading the work shop used the method you do. It is great! I need to practice more, because I am so inept at paper piecing! Love the backing fabric!

  14. Hi Sandra, I love all of your PQ challenge projects. Your flying geese pillow is lovely on your couch! Have a great week.