Fab Little Quilt Swap

I LOVE doing swaps, because I am always inspired to try something new.  The only bummer is that I am always giving away my very favorite projects (though what quilter actually gets to keep anything he/she makes?).

I designed this mini quilt for a new swap called “Fab Little Quilt Swap”.  It truly was fab and the doll quilts that were created were simply delicious.

My super-secret partner was Shecanquilt and I was really struck by the triangles, curves and neutral colors in her inspiration mosaic:

I also found this piece of artwork by Tom Moglu in her Flickr favorites and I couldn’t get it out of my head:

I was a little stumped, because I didn’t know how I wanted to represent these images, but then as I was falling asleep one night, the image of curvy, wonky flying geese popped into my head. I think I proceeded to lay in bed for an hour trying to figure out if it was actually possible to create.

Here was my original drawing:

Once I had this drawn out to full scale (about 18×18), I cut out each curved section and paper-pieced it.  I had a pile of grey, cream and white scraps (cotton and linen) to pull from as I pieced.

Here are the first few sections completed and laid on top of my design:

And here is the completed top:

I will let you in on a little secret.  The sharpest curves are hand-stitched together.  I could not, for the life of me, get the curves to lay flat by machine.  No amount of clipping, or starch could flatten it into submission. Then I realized that there was no need to make myself crazy, when I could just sew it by hand.

You’ll notice that the finished top is different from the original drawing.  That was partly due to time constraints and partly because I usually start improvising when I’m working on something that is this organic. I also didn’t like that the bottom section looked like a roller coaster!

I added a little hand-quilting and vertical machine quilting:

And a bit of red to the binding:

I was really excited and sad to send this little quilt off.  I really want to explore this design more and make another larger one to keep and maybe enter into my first show.

6 thoughts on “Fab Little Quilt Swap

  1. How wonderful to see your process here – I totally love this quilt! It is on my wall where I see it all the time and I could not be happier! I think it is stunning. Thank you again.

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