Thursday, August 5, 2010

Circling Geese Table Runner

Flying Geese Runner


A good friend and fellow manquilter bud recently purchased a home. I knew I wanted to make him something as a housewarming gift and asked him one afternoon about colors. As he was describing the rooms, a runner I designed a few years ago came to mind. It had been sitting unfinished in my UFO pile since it was completed because I had no idea where to use it or how to quilt it.

Flying Geese Runner

When I first started to quilt I fell in love with batik fabrics and flying geese blocks.

I made TONS of them.

I had and still have stacks of geese that I made with scraps in all different colors. I assembled some colorful square in square blocks too because they were real easy.

Flying Geese Runner

I was very lucky to be able to pair both of the different types of block together because I wasn't paying any attention to the sizes when I was making them. When I started laying out this runner everything just fell into place. I guess you have to be lucky sometimes.

I was so pleased.

Until it came time to quilt it!

I had no creative ideas whatsoever. So there it sat in that dreaded, ever growing UFO pile in my studio.

Flying Geese Runner

I thought this runner would fit their scheme so well that I had to wrack my brain and come up with a game plan for the quilting.

I'm becoming a big fan of straight line quilting so I decided to play on the direction the geese were going a little. I machine quilted a continuous line wrapping the entire outside of the runner. I also used a grid pattern on the inside through the square in square blocks.

Flying Geese Runner

I was so happy to get it finished and send it along to its new home. And I got another project checked off my UFO list to boot!

Enjoy Charlie!

23 comments:

  1. This looks great. I love the way the colours 'pop' out at you.

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  2. Oh yea, it's great to kill 2 birds with one stone, so to speak....finish a UFO and give it as a gift that will be really appreciated. It looks great, BTW!

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  3. I love it! The colors are fabulous, and the straight line quilting is perfect for this design! Lucky Charlie!

    MGM

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  4. Beautiful! I love those saturated colors and great design. Good combo!

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  5. It looks great Ryan. Brights really speak to me.

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  6. It's beautiful! Excellent work.

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  7. That is so beautiful--love batik prints!!

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  8. I saw that on Qubee Quilts blog. I love it.

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  9. what a great gift, love it

    cheers
    Christine

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  10. Sooooo pretty! Wracking your brain really paid off - no surprise there :-)

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  11. That is beautiful - I just love the saturated colors and the combination of the two different blocks!

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  12. What a very thoughtful and beautiful gift!

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  13. The colors are great, good idea for the quilting too.

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  14. I do love this! I can't believe you left it unfinished. I guess it was meant for Bud all the time. Steph

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  15. What a great gift! I love the bright colors.

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the bright colors.

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  17. Love your color selections. The straight line quilting was an excellent idea. Anyone would be lucky to receive this as a gift!

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  18. What a great gift! The colors/fabrics are fabulous and I too love to make flying geese. The quilting goes just fine with this, and sometimes it's K I S S for sure works better.

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  19. I really love these bright colors.
    Well done.
    I invite you to visit my blog, and I hope you like it as much as I am flabbergasted by your creations.


    thanks for sharing.

    -Samya ;-)

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  20. Beautiful. I am new to quilting. Are you going to have a tutorial on those blocks, I have not made either one. I am also in love with batiks.

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  21. I just love the colors in the table runner...such a nice gift for a housewarming

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  22. Charlie has got to love it, but if he doesn't, send him my way; I'll take it off his hands for him! :)
    Congrats on getting a UFO off the pile!

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