"Looking For Space" ©2010 Diane Evans 24" x 40"
Twelve years ago, I made my first set of Flying Geese in a curve; I learned the technique in my very first class at Quilting By The Lake with Caryl Bryer Fallert. I was so proud of those geese -- I held onto them for years, waiting for the right project to come along so I could incorporate the little fellas into an art quilt.
Fast-forward to 2009: my fiber arts group, ARTAA, was invited to present an exhibition at the annual Adirondack Fabric & Fiber Arts Festival, and we chose the theme, “Flight.” My inspiration had arrived -- I couldn’t wait to get started.
The idea of creating a kite-shaped quilt had been percolating in my mind for quite a while, so I worked out a design that would use the Flying Geese pieces and also fit the parameters we had set, which required the finished piece to be 24” wide, with no restriction on length.
I decided to use Caryl’s method of piecing:
1) templates are cut from freezer paper and ironed to the back of the fabric
2) each piece is cut out, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance
3) the seam allowance is folded over the template and ironed in place with the assistance of spray starch
4) the pieces are joined with a fine zigzag stitch using invisible thread
The tricky part is deciding which pieces will be stitched over their neighbors; you fold the seam allowance to the back on an OVER piece, and you leave the seam allowance sticking outward on an UNDER piece. This method definitely engages both halves of the brain – I found myself trying to think like an engineer.
In a future post, I plan to share the binding technique I came up with for creating a mitered corner that is smaller than 90° -- a REAL test of my construction abilities.
And I’m curious to know: did I win a prize for taking 12 years to complete a wall quilt?? What’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever worked on a piece??? Do share!