Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blue Sky Quilt Top

I finally have a finished quilt top to share! I also pieced the back ahead of time too.

Ever since I started quilting, I've wanted to make a flying geese quilt. My original plan was to make an entire top of 3x6 geese...but I normally don't have the patience for that kind of piecing. In the end, I decided to do geese of different sizes, and an improv pieced background.

This quilt is meant to go to my brother, so I pulled some of my more "masculine fabrics" for the geese. I don't really get to see my brother that often--he's at med school in Tennessee, and we always seem to visit home at different times. He's 25, and I'm sure he hasn't got any lap quilts in his apartment. I figured these colors were a pretty safe choice for him.

The fabrics came from the very first bundle I bought when I started quilting--from Ty Pennington. I was planning on using the bundle on a quilt for me--I used to be really drawn to the softer colors, but lately I've been into bright and bold, so they don't really suit me. I thought they would make a nice quilt for my brother though.

I had planned on a grey or navy background to go with the more muted colors. Unfortunately, I ran out of those colors. I had 3 yards of this indigo quilters linen on hand, and in the spirit of sewing my stash, I went for it. I am pretty happy with how the blue turned out. I was worried it would be too blue, or too bright, but I like it. 

The finished top is about 70 x 85, I think, so it should be a good size for him.

For the back, I used the left over fat quarters to make a column, then added some kona ash. The black fabric is actually a print (you can't really tell from the photo) from Kim Schaefer for Andover. I have plans for a quilt with a darker background, so this was a nice stash addition.

I have been trying this year to use up as much of my stash as possible, especially those fabrics I don't really love. I find it challenging to fit those fabrics into my projects--especially as they don't really go with the rest of my stash. I'm happy I was able to use a lot of those fabrics on this quilt. The only fabric I bought was the black print on the back. I have a feeling I'll have to go shopping for binding fabric, but I'll worry about that once I finish quilting.

How do you find motivation to use your unloved fabric?

Happy Saturday!

This week I am linking with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, and NTT Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.


  1. I think the blue on the front looks wonderful! It sounds like a nice and large cuddle quilt. That is a great question about using unloved fabric... I don't know that I have personally come up with a great idea. I do tend to gift out fabric to teacher friends looking for project help, so some of it goes there. The rest has just kind of be languishing in my stash.

  2. I think the blue is a great background for your 'man' quilt! :) When I first started quilting again, I bought a LOT of the daily special charm packs from MSQC and most of those are still in my cabinet. I'm sure I'll find a project for them - some day...

  3. Looks great, I'm sure your brother will be thrilled with it!!

  4. Oh I think this quilt is perfect for a guy! I love the deep blue with the greys and the big flying geese! I hope your brother loves it.

  5. Having seen the quilt with a blue background, I can't begin to imagine it with gray! The various size "geese" add a level of interest as well as speeding up the process. Unloved fabric: I try to put it into a project where it will be a surprise. Sometimes it works. Then there is the Bonnie Hunter answer: if you still don't like it, you haven't cut it small enough. :-) Visiting from WIP Wed. claire aka knitnkwilt

  6. I think the blue is a great complement to all of those more muted fabrics!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation