Sunday, 15 May 2011

Rainbow Double Flying Geese Circle on White with a dash of black


This rainbow block is another one to go with the rainbow tree from yesterday. I'll let you know what it's for as soon as I can. This was the first quilt block I designed myself and I still love it. It's quite a fiddle to make but I am quite quick at it now and, because it's paper pieced, I love how pointy it all is. The template for this block is off my blog at the moment because it is supposedly going into a book coming out at Spring Market but I have had nothing about that book for months so, if it's been shelved, the template will come back onto the blog. I have a 10", 12" and 16" version of it. You paper pieced each of the 24 segments that make up the block then assemble each triangle, then into squares, then into half the block and then that final tricky middle seam.

I was telling the ladies over on Flickr that I accidented on a version of this block someone had made once. The person who had made it did not credit it back to me, said the pattern was badly drafted and the finished block lacked the wow factor usually associated with paper pieced blocks. I have to say, I disagree. I think it does have wow factor and, if you're a competent paper piecer and regular piecer, you can put it together quite quickly. I mean, I wouldn't want to make a whole quilt of them but an occasional one now and then is fun.

Hey, what say, if the book doesn't come out, we have a little QAL for this block. I'll draft up a big version and take you all through it step by step and we can all make double flying circle mini quilts to hang on the kitchen or sewing room wall. Ooh, you could make it in Christmas fabrics for the centre of the table at Christmas. Wait a minute ... there are 24 traingles ... could we do some kind of advent version or am I getting ahead of myself here?!

49 comments:

  1. The block definitely has WOW factor and of course you are getting ahead of yourself....that's how the creative mind works......I think.

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  2. I'm up for the QAL, loving this block. great work.

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  3. Oh matey, too early for me; but if there was a question somewhere in there, 'yes' is the answer!

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  4. Love it!!
    A QAL is a great idea! not sure about the Christmas bit though!

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  5. Just so you know, for me this has WOW factor! In the single or double version! I would love for your sake to see this published in a book but for my sake I am all for the QAL.

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  6. I loved it the first time I saw it and still love it and think WOW! A QAL would be great, an advent one would be awesome, but my creative mind is still in overdrive and now on the advent version of your rainbow tree! Oooooooh! Gotta love bloggland for sparkley ideas! lol

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  7. Amen to all of it! I loooooove flying geese and looooove your WOW block! A QAL would be great fun - bring it on! Jxo

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  8. This is a beautiful block - I love it

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  9. Great block, lots of WOW and in Christmas fabric, I am ready when you are. :^)

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  10. Ooooo I wanna do a QAL in this block!!!! YES YES YES is tomorrow too soon?

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  11. Yes, I'm all for a big version. Christmas Advent sounds nice: a little bit of sewing every day!
    If possible, that is, if I can do it: I'd turn the inner geese the other way.
    So they'd be flying in different directons.
    Otherwise: I love the block and all your other desings: to me a lot of them DO have the WOW factor
    Don't worry about what other people think: if you like it, it mus be OK!!

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  12. I would love a quilt along this block is amazing!

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  13. I must say I'm loving your rainbow theme, i suppose I'd need to save this block til I'd at least had a go at paper piecing first... oh well, one day...

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  14. I've never paper pieced so I couldn't join in but this is fantastic and I'd love to watch a QAL!

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  15. This block is way beyond WOW! It's sad when you share something you create and people are rude rather than grateful. Perhaps it wasn't the pattern that was lacking, it might have been her own lack of skills that caused the problem.

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  16. Love this block!
    And I love the idea of a quilt along!

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  17. This block IS amazing, but i can also see the challenge in it - and I would love to try it out.
    The quilt along sounds like a brilliant idea!!

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  18. Yes, yes , Yes! I love this block, and I'd like to get better at paper piecing. Just say when!

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  19. Well (said huffily), the person who made it (and didn't credit you) doesn't know what she's talking about (she is entitled to her opinion, but geez). It's a beautiful block, love the colors and the composition! I'd love to give the block a try.

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  20. I love this block as well and think it definitely has the wow factor. I love the precision that comes with paper piecing. A QAL would be great.

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  21. "Wow" definitely describes this block!

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  22. I really love this block and would certainly quilt along. Or I expect if there is a book, I will have to buy it. I am not sure which is better for you to hope for but I am looking forward to making the block.

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  23. A QAL sounds like a great idea.

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  24. That does look some complicated piecing, although I am sure it would really great all christmassy - I quite like paper piecing - I have made one or two very large bedspreads that way. They were not quilted, just backed, because at the time I was living abroad where you could not easily import anything ! That was 20-30 yrs ago, then nothing till now !

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  25. Some people are stupid--it's true! Ignore stupid people. I love this block--I've even been collecting fabric for it, because I'm crazy and want a whole quilt! It makes me think of those whirlygigs I played with as a kid or a kaleidoscope (love those things). When the book comes out let us all know--that is way cool!

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  26. I cannot imagine that it WON'T make it into a book because it definitely IS amazingly WOW! QAL would be great!

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  27. Thanks for your comments and yes, I am in the mystery QAL & looking forward to next block ! I'm glad to be run out of pink, not my favourite colour !

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  28. Love it! The colors are awesome and the white background really makes each one pop. It is very simple looking but if you know anything about piecing you can really appreciate the work and time that went into designing it.

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  29. You are amazing, lady. Love your work! I don't see anything but a "WOW FACTOR" in this block. What does that person know anyway?

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  30. Yes please do a QAL I love this block but have never done paper piecing! I'm not too keen on christmas though lol!

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  31. I would love to learn how to do this block! It is one of my favorites. I'm so glad that you might show us how it is done.

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  32. LOL Hadley! ...

    I love this block and I worship at the altar of your awesome piecing skills and YES I'd love to see how to do it properly.

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  33. I have been waiting for the book to come out for ages now as I really want to make this block. It looks wow fantastic ! I would love a QAL on this. But of course it would great if your design would be in a book.

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  34. This actually makes me like flying geese! Would love a QAL on this.

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  35. I would like to make this block! Tutorial please!

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  36. It's a great block and I'd love to see a tutorial/quilt along!

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  37. love it! a QAL would be fun!!

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  38. Love all the ideas you are throwing out there for this block and I will definitely join a QAL!

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  39. I'm with Sarah - your piecing skillz (paper piecing or no) are mad.

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  40. Lynne the book is definitely still on...no worries. And you know I love this block because I am definitely planning on putting my own "spin" on it. ;)

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  41. This block definitely has the wow factor for me! I think it is amazing! I'm not sure I could even sew it, let alone draft a pattern for it. People should keep their snitty comments to themselves...or try to find a nicer way of saying things.

    P.S. I finished piecing a Hexagon Park quilt top...I've added it to the flickr group and put a post up on my blog if you want to take a peek :)

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  42. I think that block has plenty of WOW. I'd be up for the challenge even though I have a million things going on. (Who doesn't?)

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  43. I love this block and making a wall hanging sized quilt from it would garentee a stunning end product.

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  44. Curse the person who said those awful things about your lovely block!! I point my seam ripper in their general direction.

    I have also not heard boo about the book...and I do believe we're talking about the same one?

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  45. whoa! your stream of consciousness questions at the end of your post just hit some super creative jackpot. a QAL version of this would be fabulous. and an advent version would probably be mind-blowing.
    do you ever sleep? your creativity and invention seems to have no bounds. you amaze and astound me over here.

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  46. yippie, the quilt along is such a great idea...I'm still kicking myself for not saving a copy of the template when it was available on your blog. I chose the single flying geese version for my bee block with vintage sheets and would have absolutely loved mixing in a couple of your double flying geese circles into the quilt to add a bit of fun to it.

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  47. Wow I am not one to leave comments but I am appalled. This block is fantastic. You are amazing. Just look at the points, seam matches, is she crazy? Just because she can't paper piece she shouldn't criticize. Thank you so much for sharing with us!! Cindy

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  48. I found you because I have been looking for a pattern for this block. I love it! Do you know anything about the book it is supposed to be in. I will buy it just for this pattern!

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