Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday - I have some WIP to share

Pickle Dish Quilt

I cannot bear to look back and see how long it has been since I posted a WIP Wednesday post - far too long. Finally, it is Wednesday and I have time and photos to share. Above is my progress on the Pickle Dish quilt for my son's wedding - due the end of June. Mostly it will be brown solids with minty green/aqua prints but there will be some of the minty solids you see on the left and brown prints too.

Luckily, I am in love with these pickle dishes because I have calculated that I need about 200 single dish units for a king size quilt - yup I am making another king. I have 31 made, so I need to step up the pace. My friends on Instagram have made suggestions to speed things up and I am going to try them this weekend. Currently I can do about 6 dishes in an hour, so I expect that I will be making dishes a lot this spring.


Here are is the triangle quilt so far. She is quilted with a white, ivory, gold variegated Valdani thread which I think gives a nice interest in the ivory linen space and is about 22" x 17". This quilt is for my secret partner in the Fab Little Quilt Swap.

Triangles, the back

The back is orange linen and you can see the quilting a bit better. I am now debating binding - all ivory linen, all orange linen, or ivory with a touch of orange. I am leaning toward that last one, I think.


Here she is last weekend on my Mod Pop on my bed.

Diamond of flying geese.

My last thing to share are two bee blocks for Di in the Modern Stitching Bee. She asked for flying geese and my geese this month were terrible. So I went searching for a paper pieced pattern to get some points on my geese. That one I am calling Diamond of Flying Geese. I see a lot of different circles of geese but not diamonds. If anyone knows the historic name for this block, let me know.

Passing geese.

This is the other block which I have called Passing Geese. Again, if you know its real name, please share.

Flying Geese, which way should I piece them for my Bee block

The Instagramers and my Flickr friends have been tortured with this block all week. The 12" block is made of 4 units. Those 4 units can be positioned to make all kinds of blocks. There are more options than this too, for example a <<.

I found a block similar to these in a photo of an Amish quilt from 1940 in a book I have called Mennonite Quilts and Pieces - in the book it was pieced like the top left photo I think or maybe the top right and not on pointe. Then I found the single diagonal geese unit in a book by Carol Doak called Easy Machine Paper Piecing but it was a 4" square. So I got out my ruler and graph paper and drew my own paper pieced pattern block.

Flying geese for a bee block for @ylmommyx4, this is 1/4 of the block #flyinggeese

If you want to use the pattern too, you can have a copy here - it is not a fancy version but it works. The units should finish at 6" square and be 6.5" before you join them.

I am linking to Lee from Freshly Pieced who hosts WIP Wednesday and also to the Canadian Needle and Thread Network. There is always great work posted there, I plan to spend some time over the long weekend visiting the links, and I hope you do too.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Enjoy your Wednesday.