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Project Quilting – Eight is Great Challenge

on Jan 2, 2017 in Blog, tutorial | 9 comments

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Project Quilting has kicked off its eighth season! This is my first year to play along with the weekly challenges.

The first challenge was to make something with the number 8. Then, it is wide open after that.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

I knew I wanted to make 8 Flying Geese blocks, and I knew I wanted them 3-D. The rest is made up along the way. I did take pictures and make notes, though. Here’s how I made my Flying Geese Mini Quilt.

  • Cut 16 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ for the background
  • Cut 8 rectangles 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″ for the geese

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Each geese block uses two background squares and one rectangle. Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Fold the rectangle in half, matching wrong sides. Lay it on a the background square with the folded edge 1/4″ from the top. (see below)

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Can you see the fold along the top edge?

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Next, lay the remaining background square on top, matching right sides. Pin.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Sew along the pinned edge from the top to the bottom, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Open the background square. Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying GeesePress. Press it just like it is pictured above, with the white geese fabric still folded on the left.

See the “folded flap” of white?

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Use the pressed fold line to align the new triangle shape with the center seam.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

You can pin the right and left edges of the triangle, super press/starch them, baste along the lower edge, or simply press them & set them aside. (Y’all know I went with the last option!)

Chain piece the remaining 7 geese.

This cool chain piece cutter was an exchange gift this past Christmas. Holy smokes, I love this thing. Forget the scissors! I was using the thread cutter on my sewing machine to snip through the chains. Not anymore.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Once the pieces are cut apart, press each one, and create the triangle shapes.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

This is going to sound crazy, but I thought the regular 2 x 4 layout looked to plain. I wanted to mix it up with two odd numbers, 5 and 3.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Next, using the background fabric, I added a blank end piece so my two rows would be equal sizes.

  • The end piece is cut 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Then I added a center strip cut 1-1/2″ x length.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Hum, that seems good. I added a whole background border around the geese.

  • Cut the background fabric borders: 1-1/2″ x length needed.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

It is coming together. It is a narrow little white border cut from the same geese fabrics.

  • The next border is cut 1″ wide x length needed.
  • I finished with a grey border, cut 3″ x length needed.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

In the Project Quilting directions, each quilt needs to be finished in one week’s time. (Code- I’m going to make a few small things first.) I wanted to try out my new metallic Sulky thread. I haven’t used metallic thread since college. This stuff has come a LONG way. It didn’t break at all. It was pretty great.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Awesome! And it is sooooo shimmery.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

I finished the quilting with a tiny bit of free motion squiggle lines in the blue background.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

Baste around the outside edge and trim.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

All that is left now is to add the narrow binding. I cut my binding for this project at 2-1/8″. I wanted it to be thin, but I was also working with fabric scraps from a previous project.

There you have it. I used metallic thread and my new cutter and fabric scraps and made 3-D geese and I finished in an evening and I rocked this run-on sentence! Wahooo!!

The finished piece is about 14″ square.

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

I’m excited to see what the next challenge will be!

Project Quilting | Eight is Great | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Flying Geese

 

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    9 Comments

  1. A WEEKLY quilting challenge? I give you credit. I can barely manage to do something quarterly these days.

    The Cutting Gizmo looks pretty cool. Are there any videos out there demoing it? I’d love to see it in action.

    Happy New Year Jen!

    Corinne

    January 2, 2017

  2. Less than 24 hours!! WOW! Love your tiny little flying geese…working small is definitely the way to go with these 1 week challenges.

    Mel

    January 2, 2017

  3. I love your project and learned the 3D flying geese technique. Thank you for the great tutorial.

    Sue

    January 2, 2017

  4. Welcome to the challenge! Your piece is amazing! I love the 3d element and that you showed us how to do it!

    Thanks for joining in on the fun!
    ~Kim

    Kim Lapacek

    January 2, 2017

  5. You’re such a rock star – this is fantastic, and straight out of the gate! And a fab tutorial too! I have that cutter, and I use it ALL THE TIME. It lives next to my machine where ever my machine may go. 🙂 Glad you’re joining in the PQ fun.

    Trish Frankland

    January 4, 2017

  6. So cute!

    Sharon

    January 10, 2017

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