Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Feathered Goose.....

This is the 37th quilt I made.
It is a Judy Niemeyer pattern called "The Feathered Goose".
It measures 60" X 60".

This is the first and only quilt top where I used foundation paper piecing. I really enjoy paper piecing. Every point is perfect and the quilt as a whole is perfectly precise. It should be called perfect paper piecing.

I sort of fell into paper piecing. I was wanting to make a nautical theme quilt for my brother and sister in-law who like to boat. When I saw this pattern it reminded me of compasses and old maps and I thought "perfect". Then I noticed that the pattern package was pretty fat with paper patterns inside. That's when I saw "Foundation Paper Piecing" written down the side. I had heard of paper piecing, but what I heard was not favorable. None of the quilters that I knew enjoyed to paper piece.

I liked the pattern so much I decided to give it a try. As a matter of fact, I was so unsure of my ability I bought 2 patterns, just to make sure I had enough of those paper patterns for all the mistakes I figured I would make.

As has been the case with most of my quilting endeavors, I got lucky. I chose a very good pattern for a beginner. Judy Niemeyer provides wonderful step by step directions, templates for cutting the fabric, and extra patterns.

I tend to have the philosophy of trying anything once, I'm so glad I gave paper piecing a try.

Another stroke of luck was that the last two quilts I had just finished were crazy curve quilts (another post for another day). I was very practiced at working with curves.

The paper piecing was a breeze, the curves a little more of a challenge. This top is made up of 1,268 pieces

This quilt now lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

If you have been thinking of trying paper piecing or love this pattern so much you would like to make your very own, here is your chance!

I bought two patterns but the directions were so good I only needed one, so I am giving away the unused pattern, complete with paper pattern pieces.

Yes, it's a GIVEAWAY!!

If you would like to be entered in a drawing for this complete, never used pattern, just leave a comment on this post by 11 pm, Pacific Time, Wednesday, September 16th, 2009.

I will announce the winner on Thursday, September 17th. I am happy to mail this pattern wherever you happen to live.


  1. That quilt is just breathtaking! You did an amazing job and I really love your use of batiks. The curves are incredible. I can't even imagine how you put it all together.

  2. Wow, I am so impressed... you are a Saint! that is a bueatiful, gorgeous quilt!

  3. This a gorgeous quilt! I love to paper piece, however I have not seen this pattern. I love to use batiks and have quite a stash. I just found your blog and I love it!

  4. What a gorgeous quilt! The colors are just perfect for this time of year. I have always enjoyed paper piecing, but have never tried a Judy N. pattern. I do alot of things from Brenda Hennings' Sharp Pointies book. I think you would enjoy her patterns also. Great post. I hope others find their way to your blog. You have wonderful stories with all your quilts.

  5. Beautiful quilt! I really like your blog, and am so glad to have Cupcakes and Daisies bookmarked. I look forward to visiting often.

  6. Such a great design!! You did a marvelous job. I love paper piecing, the precision is so satisfying. Get a little tired of "frogging" when I try to piece without it. Patty in Central Ca. (sorry, but I don't have an URL or any of the other choices)

  7. I would absolutely LOVE to win this pattern.
    Learning paper piecing is my latest/newest project. I am trying my hand at some New York Beauty blocks from left over batiks.
    Winning the pattern would be the perfect progression :)

  8. Oh no. Should have read the post a little better. I am too late. :(

  9. This quilt is amazing! I worked on one of Judy's patterns a long time ago. I was working out of the box with my fabric choices. Others loved it but it just was not me.


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