Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Spring 2015

Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  It's the perfect time to showcase a favorite quilt, and best of all no sewing on pesky quilt sleeves is required!

"Soar" flying geese quilt
This time around I am sharing the flying geese quilt I made for my son's college graduation quilt. As soon as Carolyn Friedlander's Doe fabric was released, I bought every print in every color way with a quilt for my son in mind.   I eventually went with flying geese as it seems appropriate for this milestone.  I have to say though, family members (the nonquilty ones) were confused as they didn't see any geese pictures in the quilt;-)!

This ledger print is one of my all time favorite fabrics.
While most of the fabric in this quilt is from Carolyn's Doe line, there are also fabrics from her Architextures and Botanics lines.  The binding is a ledger print and the backing is the wideback widescreen in black.
{{How cool that the fabric for his Florida State University graduation quilt is designed by Carolyn who is a Florida local?}}

Accuquilt for cutting
I cut all the flying geese blocks with my AccuQuilt Go!  This was a huge time saver.

wall basting
After playing around with various design ideas, I went with a basic alternating columns of geese going up and then back down.  I originally wanted something more unplanned if you will, but in the end it just looked a mess.

 I pin basted the quilt on my wall.  Has anyone ever tried that?  This was a first for me, and I really liked the method.  If anyone is interested I could do a more detailed post later.

The quilt needs to be in the picture too?!
 I used my walking foot and Aurifil #2846 40wt to quilt organic lines going down the quilt.  Matchstick quilting was my first choice, but as I was determined to bring this quilt with me to graduation, the lines were spaced a bit further apart ;-)

Photo shoot on campus
Quilt stats:
Name:  Soar
Pattern: Flying Geese block
Finished Size:  54"x 72"
Fabric:  Carolyn Friedlander Doe, Architextures, Botanics; binding Architextures Ledger print; backing Black Widescreen
Quilting: Organic lines with my walking foot; Aurifil #2836 40wt for quilting; Aurifil #2021 50wt for hand stitching binding

Contemplating the universe
I bragged about my son in yesterday's random post in case you're interested.  I'm linking this post to Blogger's Quilt Festival {large quilt category} and Crazy Mom Quilts finish it up Friday.  Be sure to check out all the beautiful finishes in both locations.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Rene this is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Love it!

  2. What a lovely quilt! The fabric is perfect for a boy. I've never heard of wall basting!

  3. Awesome quilt, I love the fabrics and the colors!

  4. Flying geese are a favorite, great movement!

  5. I love the flying geese. Yes, I have also basted a quilt on the wall. I just wasn't in the mood to crawl around on the floor. Unfortunately I don't have a large space, so can only do it with small quilts. Great job on the quilt.

  6. I just love flying reminded me! Yours is perfect!!

  7. Beautiful quilt and pictures.

  8. Great combo of fabric and design for your son's quilt. I find it difficult to find those male orientated fabrics which aren't novelty. Congratulations to you r son for his graduation.

  9. This is a fantastic quilt for graduation! Clearly he loves it and you have every right to brag and be proud of him.

  10. This is such a perfect design for a fella, as are the fabrics you picked. I think you did a great job of making a special remembrance for him. Best of luck in the Blogger's Quit Festival. You have a winner!

  11. Don't you just love flying geese? This is a great guts quilt. Well done you

  12. This is a beautiful quilt! You can't go wrong with Flying Geese! I really like your quilting detail, I know it wasn't your first choice but I think it's perfect!

  13. Love your quilt! The fabric is perfect for it.:) I've been wanting to make one of these myself.

  14. This quilt is wonderful Rene' and the flying geese are so perfect for a graduation. Love that last photo with your son, the quilt and the statue.

  15. A lovely design in one of my favourite fabric lines. I'm sure this quilt will stand the test of time and be loved for many years.
    I'd love to know how you pin baste on the wall?

  16. I voted for you--I so love this quilt!!

  17. LOVE IT and I love the Doe fabric! You have my vote!