Do you ever get an idea for a quilt in your mind and you need to see it realized, no matter how time consuming it is? Yeah, that is me right now. I love drawing up a design and then figuring out how it can actually be sewn. It’s like doing a brainteaser.
If you read my blog, you know how much I LOVE flying geese. I wanted to make a Mariner’s Compass completely from flying geese. Here was my photoshop design:
It’s only 320 geese. That’s not so bad, right? The diameter of the circle is 40″
I drafted the templates in Photoshop, then printed them out half-scale and taped them together to make sure they would work.
It’s always fun to see a pattern coming together. Here is the inner circle.
Inner and middle circle completed. I was so ready to slap a background on it and call it done, but I am persisting!
Currently I am working on the last 32 (yes, 32), templates. They are all identical, except for the colors, so I am working on all of them at the same time.
A few people have asked me how I get my paper-piecing to look so smooth. First, I press after every seam. I think it helps tremendously. Second, before I take a photo, I place my work on two layers of batting and press with steam. I leave it on the batting to take the photo. If you scroll two photos up you can see a lot of wrinkles on my geese, but once the papers are removed and it’s pressed onto batting everything looks crisp and smooth.
Hopefully I can update a finish soon! I still need to figure out what fabric to use for the outer background (to square it all off). Any ideas?