Holiday Mini Quilt Swap: Flying Geese
I'm part of the Modern Quilting group on Facebook, and joined in on a "Holiday Mini Quilt Swap" that they organized. Each person who wanted to be a part of the swap answered a questionnaire about what was their favorite holiday and what kinds and colors of quilts & fabric they like. Then the moderators of the swap blindly assigned participants and we made them a mini-quilt! I had never made a mini-quilt before, but it sounded like fun.
I was assigned to make a quilt for a lady who loves Christmas, so I decided to use my new Flying Geese Bloc-loc ruler. Flying Geese...Christmas trees...you can decide what the squares look like to you. Regardless, I had fun using up fabric scraps from my gift bags. For those of you who have seen my bags, do you see any fabrics that you recognize?
I didn't want to add a whole lot of quilting to such a small quilt, and I didn't want to take away from the simplicity of the design, so I opted to just stitch in the ditch around each tree/goose.
I designed this mini-quilt to be able to be used as a small table runner, or hang on a wall. I'd never made anything to hang, but had seen this tutorial by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. So I added hanging pockets to the back of the mini-quilt before I sewed on the binding. Below you can see the mini-quilt hanging on the arm of my rocking chair. I simply stuck a pencil in the hanging pockets and hooked the pencil on the arm of the chair!
Many of the fabrics used in this quilt were from Connecting Threads holiday collections from years past. As I said earlier, all of the fabric was in my scrap pile, so I don't have the name or collection for all of the fabrics. I do know that I used Kona Ash for the background, bound the quilt in Kona Choarcoal, and backed it in fabric from last year's Cherry Christmas collection (Aneela Hoey).
Each block is 2" x 4" and overall the quit measures 8.5" wide x 16.5" tall.
The mailing deadline is here, so I'm sending this little project off. I really hope my partner likes it! Oh - and this was part of my Q4 Finish-A-Long. So I can already mark one quilt project off my list!
10/22/2013 06:39:39 am
I was so thrilled to get this in the mail. The construction and design are wonderful. I love the corners you put in the back to hang it. THANK YOU!
Amy in UK
1/1/2014 06:07:41 am
LOVE this - I adore anything Christmasy and this rocks! well done on finishing it.
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