Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sunset Flight

If I was was stranded on a desert island and could only make one quilt block for the rest of my life, it would be the flying geese block.   (And yes, I do understand that this isn't a realistic scenario but its my blog post, so I'm running with it!)

Sure, I love a good HST.  And I'm ready to tackle a larger quilt with curves.

But Flying Geese will remain #1 for me.

So when I saw that the theme for one of the QuiltCon challenge quilts was Flying Geese, I was in.

Introducing Sunset Flight - my QuiltCon entry.


The quilting is all straight line.  While I used a gray thread for the majority of the quilting, running through and beneath the geese, however, are quilting lines of yellows and oranges as if the colors were draining or dripping off the geese.


The quilting lines are purposely sorta straight and the distance between then is variable but averages just slightly more than 1/4 ".

The quilt finished at 40 x 42''.  Its eventual home will be on the walls of my daughters room - I love it when she claims my quilts.

I enjoyed making the quilt.  Grabbing a photograph for the QuiltCon entry, not so much.  First I tried a setup outside where the quilt was suspended from a clothes rack.


While this gave me the opportunity for awesome lighting, the slight breeze was not my friend and I didn't get a usable photo.  Instead, I ended up bringing my design wall outside and taping it to the back of a bookcase.  I could pin the quilt flat to the design wall.  (A UPS driver pulled up and handed me a package while I was doing this.  He didn't say a word or ask what I was doing.  I guess he sees a lot of strange things as he goes about his day.)

With the quilt done and photographs finally finished, the next step before I could enter was naming the quilt.

With some help from google, my daughter and a friend, I finally settled on Sunset Flight.  (If you google the phrase Sunset Geese, you will be treated to images of geese silhouettes against a gorgeous sky filled with colors from deep purple to light yellow. )

I ended up entering this quilt and one other into QuiltCon.  Fingers crossed.

I'll be linking up my quilt with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

22 comments:

  1. I'm going to QuiltCon in February and will. E sure to look for your quilt. It's lovely!

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  2. Really really like this art quilt, love the colours and I to enjoy making flying geese, wishing you all the best, but just to have it hanging for others to enjoy is wonderful Cheers Glenda

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  3. I am also a big fan of flying geese! I really hope your quilt makes the cut...fingers crossed! The yellow and oranges are beautiful against the background and your quilting is spot on. Photographing quilts is not easy, not one little bit! Beautiful quilt and good luck!

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  4. This is stunning, Patty. I love how the geese seem to drip down the quilt, and the addition of colored quilting definitely enhances that feeling. I know what you mean about the wind not being a friend, and I'm glad you found a solution. Good luck with your entries!

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  5. I'm a fan of FG, too! Your color gradation and size variation really add interest to a beautiful quilt.

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  6. Me too!! Flying Geese all the way. Love the way you have executed this quilt, perfection!

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  7. Love it. The quilting finishes it perfectly.

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  8. :D That was a good chuckle at the visual of the unflappable UPS guy. LOVE this quilt!! I hope it makes it in. Did you use an ombre fabric?

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  9. Oh so beautiful. That's a favorite for sure. I absolutely love it! Best of luck at QuiltCon :)

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  10. Sunset Geese is a beautiful quilt! Good luck!

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  11. Love the colors and the quilting. I love flying geese too but I am rotten at making them - I can't ever get them straight. Good luck with Quiltcon.

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  12. Patty, your quilt definitely has all the shades of a sunset! Well done and love all that texture from the sorta straight line quilting! Congrats on your first QuiltCon entry!

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  13. It is stunning and the title is a perfect description of the colours and pattern. Keeping my fingers crossed you will win!!!!!

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  14. I find your quilting so cool. I have to try it soon. Thank you for great inspiration.

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  15. Beautiful ! I love the texture of your straight line quilting and the effect of the different colour threads against the background.

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  16. Wow! That is stunning. My fingers are crossed for you, too. Good luck!

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