Welcome to my first blog post about my I Love This Quilt! remake that I described in the McCall’s Quilting July/August 2017 issue. I chose Geese in My Kitchen by Kathryn Patterson, originally published in our January/February 2015 issue.
As I wrote in the magazine, I loved Geese in My Kitchen the first time I saw it in our office. It was made by Kathryn as a result of an office flying geese exchange in which I had not taken part, and I rued that decision as soon as I saw the quilts that people were making from the flying geese they’d collected. (Scroll to the bottom to see some of the other quilts—they’re all fantastic.)
The first thing I decided when I chose this quilt was that I would only make 9 of the large 22¾” x 22¾” blocks for a big throw, not the 12 called for in the pattern. Each block contains six sets of four flying geese, which means I would need to make 216 flying geese.
I planned to raid my own supplies of scraps, which I had carefully sorted and organized last Thanksgiving, for a fabulously scrappy version similar to Kathryn’s.
But then I thought about the people on my list to whom I want to give quilts this coming Christmas and started to think about ways to kill two, uh, geese with one quilt. (Not a good mixed metaphor. My apologies.)
It didn’t take long for me to pull out some Jennifer Paganelli fat quarters I’ve been hoarding for the past seven years with a particular recipient in mind.
I love these summery stripes and blenders from Jennifer’s Pretty Please and Flower Power collections for FreeSpirit Fabrics. They remind me of a beach vacation, and for a few years I tried to think of ways to use them in pieced hexagon or kaleidoscope blocks to mimic the look of umbrellas on the beach as viewed from above. However, with only a fat quarter of each print, I just didn’t have enough of each stripe to make that happen. So I decided to change course.
The first thing I did (after petting the fabrics for a while to make sure I was ready to cut into them) was make a full set of flying geese for one block to make sure using the stripes would work.
I played with a couple of arrangements and settled on placing them so the stripes alternate direction, which I think gives the design a sense of dynamism.
Once I felt good about my plan, the next thing to do was to cut the rest of my patches and sort them to make sure the colors were distributed evenly but would also offer contrast.
It was only after I looked closely at the photo to the left that I noticed I made a mistake—I paired the orange/pink blender with the green/blue stripe in my test set and yet I included more patches of the same orange/pink blender in the set waiting to be sewn. Looks like I have some more rearranging to do before I get any more sewing done!
I’m still working on sewing the flying geese, and soon I need to decide on what fabrics I’m going to use for the block backgrounds. I’m considering a pale blue/navy blue pairing; I don’t know if I’ll throw in one unexpected color the way Kathryn did with that bright orange solid. I am open to suggestions if you have any.
So check back in a few weeks for an update. I expect to have a lot more to show you, if not the completed quilt top by that point—wouldn’t that be nice!
In the meantime, click here to download your own free pattern for Geese in My Kitchen. I’d love to see what you do with your version!
For more flying geese quilt patterns, here are some others that were made from the flying geese exchange:
Nancy’s Closet by Kathryn Wagar Wright
On Course by Susan Geddes
Confused Geese by Lori Baker