Thursday, 24 April 2008

Curved flying geese

Today I was lucky enough to have attended a workshop with Pat Deacon, who showed us how to make curved flying geese. Pat is a superb quilter - especially famous for her prize-winning quilts featuring curved geometric shapes in primary colours - but, even better in my book, an ex-secondary school teacher, who is used to teaching, and does so clearly and concisely.

We were given a refresher on foundation piecing the no-fail way (it really was!) and then encouraged to draw our own curved flying geese patterns, before sewing them onto freezer paper. It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful other people's colours are! The participants used every colour combination imaginable, including black and white (stunning) and pink and orange (wow!). I went for my old favourites the analogous colours, this time blue, yellow and green.

Here is my piece ready for the final seam to be sewn. Pat advocates the use of 'invisible' tape instead of pins. I have to agree, pins do distort the seams slightly, so I've been giving this a go. It's good for hand-sewing, and I'll let you know how I get on with the machine.

4 comments:

Christina said...

Oooh, I really love curved geese! Nice work and bright colors...

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

oh wow, these are amazing. haven't heard of using tape instead of pins. hmmm.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Sounds like you learnt a few tricks of the trade...I hope you will share what you've learnt the next time we meet. ;o)

Sarah Nopp said...

oooo- I am a tad jealous! Those are great. I need a class or 5 on curvy piecing.