Friday, August 15, 2014

Quilty Flashback Friday

One of the reasons I started blogging was because I was so terrible about keeping track of what, when, why I made quilts.   Reflecting back on the creative journey is one way to look forward.  Analyzing what choices resonated with you and making a mental note of those gratifying moments can be useful.  With that in mind,   I'm linking up for the first time to Quilty Flashback Friday

Don't Call Me Betsy
My flickr photo info says the picture was taken Oct 2006 and I'm not sure if the camera date setting was correct, but that sounds about right. 

What is significant about this quilt is that at the time, it was outside my comfort zone and I altered the pattern to add the flying geese border.  That may seem minor but up until then I'd pretty much made basic repetitive blocks, like rail fence and sewn them traditional grid construction.  And I'd repeated patterns that I had already made. 
When I asked my son to browse magazines and books for a design he wanted me to us for his quilt, he chose this one with lots of hst, set on point etc.. I was challenged but that was good.

It's all a bit blurry but I do recall changing my mind on fabric placement a lot and swapping out choices entirely midstream. 

Tweaking patterns now (when I even follow them) is pretty much a given for me.  I remember feeling very brave to take on a twist and add that border with the varied backgrounds of the flying geese scattered.   Here I was thinking that using mixed scale was something new for me, but I guess not!

I still like the quilt and actually borrowed it back to take the finished picture shown above because back then, just like now - I'm super terrible about getting that shot before handing off the gift.

Happy Friday everyone!


  1. Wonderful Piece! I love a good Star Quilt! I like your color choices as well.

  2. Ooh, this is fun! I love the geese in the border!

  3. The border is wonderful! I still haven't made flying geese, but they are on my list!

  4. I like it too and the setting is very cool

  5. This is beautiful. The flying geese border was the first thing I noticed and I love how well it works with the varied scale of the blocks and the on point setting

  6. Wow, i really like it! Something about the design really speaks to me!

  7. I think this is really lovely; I am drawn to the subtle hints of blue in the start points. I think it is really interesting to go back and review these old projects and remember things like the first time you really modified a pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Good for you, jumping right in to make the design your own! I really enjoy the geese you added, I think it really makes the stars pop. Thanks so much for linking up to Quilty Flashback Friday!

  9. I followed your link from Flashback Friday. So glad I did! What a lovely quilt. I've been scrolling back through your blog and loving reading the posts.


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