This is my first big quilt for a while. I wanted to do something modern with flying geese and to use red and white. The geese finish at 5 inches by 2.5 inches and the whole quilt is about 65 inches square. I had just finished it when my son and his partner were off to stay in a cottage in Dartmoor so they took it with them. They took these photos there. (Little Linhay in Dartmoor National Park - highly recommended)
There was much hesitation about how to arrange the blocks - there are so many options. In the end I went for simple rows, with the low volume blocks in a strong diagonal. Am I alone in finding it annoying that the options I rejected are now closed to me, unless I make 338 more blocks and have another go? Don't think I will be doing that again in a hurry. I guess that is why people use software.
There was another debate over the quilting. I am no good at FMQ so I tried straight line quilting one inch apart. This did not look great. My walking foot does not seem to be doing a great job. Fiddling with the tension seemed to make matters worse. I ended up stitching all the vertical seams.
The fabrics are a big mixture. Two of my favourites are Moda Trade Winds and Red Rooster Soho Bandana. The backing is unbleached calico, and the scrappy border is from leftovers.
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom for this first finish of the year.