Thursday, 6 May 2010

honk honk


Anita is having a quilt along. This festival of flying geese is the quilt we're making....





Pretty awesome, huh? A LOT of flying geese blocks. Tell you the truth, I'm not all that good at flying geese, not made in the 'proper' way at least. I can't get those perfect sharp points like Anita can. But my theory is practise makes perfect, and surely after I've made all of these I'll be getting points so sharp you'll poke your eyes out with them.

This is my first block. Just like Anita I'm using Hope Valley. It was fate I think, I saw the original photo of the quilt and thought 'that'd look lovely in hope valley', then I read the blog post and that's what Anita was thinking. Fate, see? So Hope Valley it is (and some Kona Bone as the solid). See what I mean about not being perfect? Now, don't be nice and tell me it looks perfect to you - that triangle centre left...where's the point? See now? Hmm. Must try harder.






Why don't you join in with me and make some geese? Head over to Anita's and you can get all the info. She's VERY thorough, I feel like I'm having some really excellent quilting lessons but for free. Everyone likes that kind of deal, don't they?

I'm having one of those weeks. So far I've dropped 2 glasses on the floor and smashed them into tiny pieces, spilled washing powder (except it was the liquid kind) all over some clean laundry, lost my credit card (although I had it when I left the post office 2 days ago, and I'm positive I had it when I got home), and now I've lost my favourite scissors. The ones I've got tattooed on my arm. If they were just any old scissors I'd not be bothered, I'd just go and use a different pair but these are my absolute favourites. They're very special. But they haven't left the house, so where the hell are they? I'm starting to get a little bit grumpy about it now.
I don't mind admitting it to you, I think a good cry might be in order *sigh*


21 comments:

caretotry said...

Hi, long time reader first time commenter XD. I've just started a cathedral window quilt a la sometimescrafter.blogspot.com but mine is a bit wonky in comparison lol. I'd like to do a proper quilt one day.

cumquats said...

I love the look of flying geese, but I've never made anything with it. I guess it must be time to! Thank you for the link. Kim :)

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

gotta love those gorgeous geese!!

Make Do & Mend said...

I'm having the same day! I have a sore throat- the baby has a cold, the drains are blocked and it costs £100 to sort them out. boo. I recommend making a chocolate cake, instant happiness! Love the flying geese, was just lusting over the yellow background ones on Ritas blog at red pepper quilts, think I need to make some to complete the happiness cure

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

A good cry always helps me. Then stop thinking about them and they will show up.
I avoid flying geese, becasue when I am working on them, I need a good cry!!! I just cannot do them!!

Breezy Bree said...

oooh fab, I love flying geese and same as you I do loose points here and there. But its a homemade handmade quilt those lost points make the quilt unique. Karen xx

bloominworkshop said...

Oh Katy! Don't cry over spilt washing soap. But... the scissors would make me cry! I agree with Make Do & Mend, chocolate cake would surely help!

(and.. what's one off point. You will be perfect by the end of this quilt!)

Kitty said...

I think that Flying Geese quilt looks so gorgeous, and I wish I could make something like that. But the very thought of it made me hyperventilate a bit. And my hair hurt. I think the block you've made is fine - love the colours.

Hope you find your bits and pieces - I hate it when that happens. (Have you ever read 'A Place Called Here' by Cecilia Ahern? In it, the character visits the place called 'Here' which is where all the lost things from our world go.

x

dmarie@thistlehillfabrics said...

My tire went flat, my aunt gave a few hours notice they were visiting, (did I mention I'm moving and at the end of messy construction), spat with husband,
oh, and I'm hosting them again tomorrow night on their way back thru...best if I don't even think about sewing...
wah wah wah!!

Sudi-Laura said...

I say have the cry! It always makes me feel better. As for your scissors, I hate misplacing things. I will stay up all night looking for what ever it is, and often times make my husband join in the painful process. They will show up, but until then I say enjoy the beautiful flying geese you are creating!

Poppyprint said...

What a day! If your sewing table looks anything like mine, chances are your scissors are hiding out under stack of new fabric. Hope you find them soon - do let us know where they ended up (another thought: kitchen drawer?). Your geese are looking grand and that quilt will be stunning!

Lorraine said...

I love that quilt!
I am constantly bewildered by the irregular shapes & sizes I end up with despite the exact same technique.
Who knows ??
You have probably found your scissors by now.

alobsiger said...

It's a good thing that a new project with lovely fabric is a balm for the soul! I hope things improve and that ESPECIALLY you find those scissors.

Lily Boot said...

if you have the tissues, I'll bring the afore mentioned chocolate cake - would you like it with marmalade or blackcurrant jam? (it's Nigella's jammy cake) Yesterday sucked here in Bootville. I totally understand about the scissors. I have a wee pair of stork embroidery scissors that I've had for 16 years and no joke, every time I try to board a plane, they are the ones I have secretly stashed somewhere to stab out the pilots' eyes and take over the plane. I have spent a fortune on postage, posting them to myself. But I refuse to submit and throw them in the horrible security troll's bin. Poor you Katie - shall we make some flying geese? Yours looks awfully pretty :-)

Kaye Prince said...

Oh Katy! I have one of those weeks on a fairly regular basis (I'm huge klutz and am surprised the only sewing accidents I've had are minor rotary cuts and one broken machine needle that cut my lip open).

I'm sure you'll find your scissors - they couldn't be anywhere but in the house, right? I'm notorious for losing things that are literally right in front of me and just not seeing them. Ditto for you credit card - did you take it out of your wallet to pay for something online and put it down somewhere maybe? One of the things I always say is "check the top of the fridge" - strange things always end up there in my life!

shequilts said...

Oh, I have the same fabric, and a bolt of Kona snow. I might just give it a go.

If you're really bothered, you could always foundation piece the flying geese strips, BUT are you really going to notice that missing point in a whole quilt?

Hope you find your scissors. They're probably holidaying with the odd socks.

Louise said...

Oooh that quilt looks fabulous but a little scary! And I think that's definitely the perfect fabric for it. As for all the mishaps - I heard today that there is some kind of weird astrological stuff going on which has caused stuff like the Iceland cloud, the stock exchange plunge etc so maybe after the next lunar cycle everything will sort itself out and your scissors and card will turn up!!! Maybe your points will be perfect as well ;)

Heather said...

I like paper piecing geese. Perfect points are more possible that way.

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

aww Katy don't cry :o(
i have days where i lose EVERYTHING and smash stuff, my fingers just don't seem to work right - my advice: eat a big bag of sweeties washed down with a glass of pop - have a walk and blow the cobwebs away :o)

trash said...

bugger about your scissors Missus Monkey :-( but loving those flying geese. Of course I would join in and all but am still struggling to manage the last quilt-along I joined last year.....

sewkatiedid said...

I think you better buy yourself some of that scissor fabric to channel where they are.

No...you are a gem.

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