Saturday, January 21, 2017

Flying Geese Again

The idea of flying geese blocks has just taken over my quilting mojo.  Abby is obsessed with them right now. And whatever the muse wants - the artist should do.
While searching for scraps to use, I happened to look in the drawer where I found a layer cake of fabric.
The top piece of red and white jumped at me. I did some quick "quilt math" and decided that two layer cake (10 inch) squares would make 8 flying geese blocks at 4" by 2" finished (4 1/2" by 2 1/2" unfinished.)  So I pulled out two contrasting squares and tried it.


I also pulled some solid white fabric to use also.  These are great for chain piecing. And I started. 
I copied my previous layout for this one. And there were these pieces leftover.
There is a funny story about flying geese units that I want to share with you.  An aquaintance's mother saw something I posted about flying geese.  She watched the video intently so I am told.  Then she sent a message asking "When are you going to show the rest of the goose. I want to see the finished goose quilt."  
Apparently non-quilters (and even some quilters) have no clue about how quilt blocks get named.  The "flying geese" unit (not goose, it is never a goose!) is named so because the triangle part looks like a flock of geese flying in formation.  From what I have read and seen, a flock of geese almost always flies in this formation.  

Blocks are given names based on what some creative soul saw when they looked at the block. That is why some blocks have more than one name designation.  

And about creativity, I will close with this quote from a book I read. 
“I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear."
― from "The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are"
 by Brene Brown
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Barbara said...

Nice reds and great layout! I'll add a thought of my own about creativity. I agree everyone is creative in some way. It might be in the most accepted way -- somewhere in the arts -- or it might just be a visually pleasing way of stacking washed dishes in a drainer. Somehow, somewhere, one's creativity presents itself!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Love the reds and white!! Looks like you and Abby are having a great time with your "flying geese" - ;))

Dora, the Quilter said...

Thanks for that creativity quote. It's what I've always believed.

Tangos Treasures said...

Looks awesome!!

Marlene said...

Love the red and white Gene, and also that you so willingly follow the muse.

Jeanna said...

I have a layer cake of Hello Darling! Now I know what I can do with it :)

I also have EQ7 which has never be loaded on my computer. Maybe I should learn how to use it and see if I can come up with my own Hello Darling, flying geese quilt.