I finished this quilt a while back. By a while back I mean that I gave this quilt it’s first wash 12 weeks ago and I have no good reason for not sharing it till now but here is my original design: Goose Lane.
Goose Lane is the exit on the highway I take to get to my family’s cottage in Connecticut. I started playing with designs on graph paper, drawing inspiration from the name and the sensory memories of being at the cottage: the salt air, the waves falling against the rocks, the way the sun warms your skin while lounging on the patio.
I knew I wanted flying geese, lots of them! I noticed this neat chevron shape appeared when the blocks were planned right, that’s when I knew I had a winner. I added in the idea of passageways between the rows by using the background fabric randomly placed among the goosey-chevrons which gave this quilt even more interesting movement.
The proportions were a bit askew when designing this size; at 54 x 60″ it’s a perfect couch decoration size, where it can lay over the back of my couch without being folded width-wise but I think I’d like to make it a bit longer next time so it’s more couch snuggle friendly.
This quilt was made from a Blogger’s Choice Fat Quarter Bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop that I’d gotten a bit over a year ago. I used those 16 fat quarters plus additional yardage of this yummy Kona Dimensions Honeycomb fabric. Actually let’s look a little closer and talk about how cool this fabric is!
Kona Dimensions Fabric – Honeycomb Texture
This is one of those fabrics that I never would have picked if it hadn’t been part of this stash building bundle. It doesn’t translate as well in the listing on Fabric.com as it does in person. There’s a raised hexagon or honeycomb outline that catches the light similar to how a the raised surface of heavy weight quilting thread does.
It was no trouble at all to work with, just like a regular Kona fabric. But…there is certainly a right and a wrong side of this fabric but I didn’t realize that till the quilt was pieced at which point I decided to live with it. No one but I would ever notice that there’s vague variations in the background fabric. You can kinda see it in the photo above, the strip is right side but the goose has the wrong side, oh well.
I had a local long arm quilter do the quilting for me but now looking at it I wish I’d done the quilting myself. She did a lovely job but now I can see exactly how I would have done it with straight lines but you know what they say, hindsight is 20/20!
I got totally lucky with this backing fabric, I brought the top to Jo-Ann’s (coupon time, I don’t hate on their fabric) and this amazing chevron almost literally fell off the wall at me, I couldn’t get over how flawlessly it matched both the design and the color palette. Perfect!
Future project: Expand this pattern to a twin size quilt. It’s such a fun design and while it was tedious trimming the million (ok, only 90 flying geese) it was worth it. I really like designs that dance on the line between modern and traditional and this one totally does that for me.
PS. We don’t look too closely or talk about the tips of some geese getting cut off…it’s a sore subject.
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