For the Love of Geese Quilt

I started working on my For the love of geese quilt. I always admire paper pieced quilts but dread the thought of actually sewing them.  I have a hard time visualizing what way to cut the fabric so that it covers the space and tend to end up wasting a lot of fabric.  However, when I saw Denise's method using strips, I was very intrigued.

When she shared videos recently demonstrating the method, I was all in.  I ordered some batik fabrics since she said it was the easiest to work with.  Then I spent over a week dithering about which way to arrange the fabrics in the pattern.  I finally made a decision, printed out all the foundations, and started over the weekend.

Here are the fabrics I started with--Island Batik's Petal Party fabric.  I am using Kona white for my background pieces.
I started with the outermost circular ring of flying geese.  My sewing time has been kind of limited lately, but I am still making some progress.  {School only goes one more week, so maybe I will gain some time then?} Anyway, I have had very little waste so far and have only had to rip out three seams to redo.  Sadly, one I ripped out, repositioned, sewed, and discovered I sewed it in the exact wrong place again!  One was a trimming error.  I can't text and sew at the same time!  LOL.
I really like how this is looking so far.  I can't wait to finish this ring and start on the next to see its progression.  My goal for May (One Monthly Goal) is to finish this ring and at least one more.
Based on my experience so far, I would suggest you check out Denise's For the love of geese blog and her patterns as well.  It has really made me look at paper piecing in a more favorable light.  By the way, this is NOT a paid promotion or anything.  I'm just super excited to be sewing such a complex looking pattern with very little effort.

Want a little nature update?  Our rose breasted grosbeaks started arriving this weekend.  We also saw our first Baltimore orioles.  I think I might have seen an orchard oriole last night, but couldn't get close enough to tell for sure.  No hummingbirds yet.  We seem to have solved the issue of the cardinal attacking my sewing room window.  We had a larger window screen that we propped against the outside of the window and so far, so good.

The peas, lettuce, and bok choy are coming along nicely.  The beets are struggling.  Most haven't come up. The three pineapple tops I am attempting to root also look to be struggling.  On the positive side, my baby pineapple looks good.
And finally, we got our first electric bill after a month of solar.  $9.64 was our total for the month.  That is the meter fee and taxes.  Not too bad, right?

Have a great week.  It's time for me to teach math to my kids.

Linking with For the love of geese and My Quilt Infatuation and Finished or Not Friday.
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal May Link-up


  1. I love the fabrics you are using in your flying geese. Those greens and blues and so pretty. A circular flying geese quilt in on my "I want to do that" list, so maybe one day soon... I'm glad you're enjoying paper piecing more. It's a technique I struggle with but love the precision that can be obtained.

  2. Wonderful fabric choices for your geese. I love the pineapple. Anything I grow starts off with a bang and then not much until it gives up.

  3. Oh my!! I LOVE those colors you chose!! They are swoon worthy!!! This will be so great

  4. I just love hearing someone else has beat the electric company. Thank you for the kind words about my pattern. FYI, I have ripped and resewn patches in the exact wrong position so many times so know you are not alone. The pineapple,wow, I bet it will be juicy sweet. We have swallows building a nest on the front of our house. Steve scrapes it off and a few hours later another start of a nest. He tried placing an owl decoy under their chosen area. After a few passes though they realized the owl wasn't going to chase them. Next he hung it on a hook so it would move, no luck. Lastly and so far successful, he taped a piece of aluminum foil over their chosen spot. We will see. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

  5. Great looking blocks! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  6. Your fabrics are gorgeous for your Love of Geese quilt, it is going to be wonderful when finished. Good luck on accomplishing your One Monthly goal!