Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tokyo's Triangles

TUESDAY GREETINGS BLOG PALS - I've finally jumped on the bandwagon. I recently came across a photo on flickr from someone that attended the Tokyo International Quilt Festival. They were showing us a flying geese quilt made by a woman who had been collecting Liberty fabric since 1972. She had been collecting since she was a teenager and wanted to make a quilt that she could use as a bedcover "in her old age."

The quilt is quite stunning. She pieced the flying geese blocks in standard size units as well as some skewed units to add a little interest. She used color to create a second pattern on the quilt. If you study the picture you can see the larger mountains she created by arranging similar colored units together.

Certainly a great accomplishment. I wish I could have seen it in person. I hope to be able to make my own version of this quilt some day. I've joined the flickr Tokyo Triangles group. As soon as I get some flying geese units made I will post them. I am going to use this method for piecing the standard units as you get 4 at a time.


  1. Glad you liked the photograph. Many people have been inspired by that quilt. When I was looking at the quilt, almost everyone who walked by did a double-take, and then paused for several minutes to look. Will be interested in how you interpret the quilt in the quiltalong.

  2. Ryan, have you seen Twiddletails' quilt-along? She's been posting different flying geese every month.

    You can also purchase previous months for a very nominal sum.

  3. Hi, Ryan, I like your blog! Flying geese is one of my favorite patterns, and that photo on flickr is a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing that, and also the swap-bot -- I'm going there next to check it out! It also looks like you recently got some great new fabrics for your stash. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do with them. I just bought 10 fat quarters of the Amy Butler Midwest Modern 2 this evening. Yummy!

  4. thanks for reminding me of that group. i love that quilt


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