Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Woods Update

I loved the comments you left on my last Autumn Woods post.  From the comments about the number and size of my geese to the planned random idea floating around in my head, they were all good.   My favorite thing about blogging is hearing from other quilters, the comments left on my Autumn Woods post were funny and interesting, thank you for that.

So here is what's going on, just in case you've forgotten.

This will be the top and bottom border for my project.  My idea is to fill the space between the two borders with flying geese blocks.  This border is around 12 inches wide.  (yes those are trees, and a few squirrels)

This quilt is A Gaggle Goslings by Emma at Sampaquita Quilts and was published in the Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Volume 22.

It's the inspiration for filling my center space with geese.  While I love this design, I thought it was too many geese for my center and too defined.  Additionally, while the geese in this center are somewhat confused, they still have a pattern, I want really confused geese.  Besides the size of the blocks I also changed my design just a tad from Emma's pattern.

So I intend to have some blocks like these, 

with a lot of geese.

And some blocks like these, with quite a few less geese.  (yes the blocks are the same pattern)

And then some blocks in-between these two, with a nice medium amount of geese.  The blocks with the  most geese will be in the center of the quilt, with blocks with fewer and fewer yet geese spanning out from there.  At least that's my plan, I have no design wall and am sort of flying by the seat of my pants on this one.  

I'm going for the same loose and random feel of the leaves blowing around the tree border, only using geese, not leaves.  And using a specific block pattern to create the look. 

As for my colors, I'm  going heavy on the orange, adding some ivory, and going sparse on the yellow.

I'm hoping once the blocks that go in-between these to rows are done that it will look a little better, we'll see!  

The good news, see that wood flooring peeking around those blocks, that's the new floor in my new sewing room!  I'm not sewing in that room yet, I still need another coat of paint, the closets finished, and some furniture, but I'm getting close!

I hope you're enjoying your fall weather, there are so many things to love about this season, spiced cider, pumpkin bread, crisp apples with caramel,  plus the weather's pretty terrific too, there's nothing like a brisk walk on a fall day, I'm making the most of it all,  (fall food requires fall walks) I hope you are too!


  1. I adore this quilt! I was trying to guess what was in your head design-wise, and came up with geese trying to fly about in a hurricane but being blown out of 'V' formation! Then I realized I was just looking for a "V" - they're hard to come by quilts! I shall think of you every time I see geese flying over heading for the nearby Coast at the other LA! It's going to be a fabulous fall quilt!

  2. That is going to be a beautiful quilt!

  3. I am really enjoying the great fall weather... and am enjoying seeing what you're doing with your flying geese!

  4. Love the color combos and the confused geese :)

  5. I love your blocks Thelma!!! :) Can't wait to see how it turns out!

  6. the quilt is going to have so much movement! I can't wait to see it finished. My secret favorite color is orange and Fall my favorite season, so this quilt may be my favorite yet!

  7. That's going to be so pretty :)

  8. That will be an interesting quilt. I love unattached geese.

  9. Love your design ideas! I'll be following along - can't wait to see the final quilt!

  10. Thelma I just love the thought of confused geese! We are in the flight pattern here for migrating birds and when the geese are trying to re-navigate it is fun to watch how confused and disoriented they get. I love your border and can't wait to see your quilt come together. Have fun. G

  11. This is such an interesting plan and can't wait to see how you pull them all will come up with something quite different and know it will be just great. Enjoying a wonderful fall week here in the cool weather.


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