Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hand-Pieced QAL - Flying Geese!

In my "I Like Thursday" post for today, I shared some photos my husband and I took of real flying geese we were watching near our home earlier this week.  My friend, Linda, who is also participating in the Hand-Pieced QAL, commented about how fitting that was!

Except I think hand-piecing this flying geese block was more like working with sharks!

Lol!  This was my fabric choice for this week's block.  I've never seen sharks in the wild, but I've definitely enjoyed learning about them over the years.  They are ancient creatures!

Isn't this a neat selvage?!

I found the flying geese blocks easy to sew together initially, and was happy with how they turned out.

Things definitely got more challenging as I constructed the block - and it all had to do with the bulk in the seams that were going together and how you actually sew through them.  I have more to learn about that part of hand-piecing!

Here is my block after a few rounds of unstitching and restitching, but before pressing.

I was at the "Good enough" stage!

And here are all three of my hand-pieced blocks so far.

I'm continuing to enjoy the learning in this QAL, and I'm sure more opportunities are coming as we make new blocks!  Thank you, Patty and Kristin, for the great tips, tutorials, and videos that are so helpful!

Sharing at the weekly Hand-Pieced link-up!
Also at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love your fish!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

A couple of things...thanks for mentioning Dr. Blake..we are always looking for more series to watch. The doll quilt you pieced is so pretty. And Your hand pieced blocks are great...blues are always pleasing.

Michele McLaughlin said...

Your blocks are so pretty! Love that shark fabric! :) I love your husband's photo of all the geese--!WOW! We loved Dr. Blake too, enjoy it! Cheers!

Linda said...

Wow I like that shark fabric! Your blocks look very pretty and neat.
Well I've seen comments ranging from "easy" to "very difficult" on IG regarding the flying geese block. I've only done a couple of the units so far, and they didn't seem too bad to me. But I haven't sewn them together, so we will see how I fare!

chrisknits said...

So you have flying sharks? Wasn't there a movie about them.... LOL I didn't even think about the seam thickness and hand sewing. But there's always a lesson to learn I guess.

Shannon said...

Those sharks are great! And I'll have to look for the Dr. Blake mysteries, I'm always looking for something to watch while knitting!

Libby in TN said...

Your geese are flying in fine formation! I had to drop out after trying the first block; my hands can't take it.

Patty said...

Beautiful blocks! Thanks for linking up with the Hand Pieced QAL!

Janice Holton said...

Your blocks look great! I sure wouldn't have the patience to hand sew. But then again, I have been thinking about putting together a portable kit of something I can always have with me. I need to figure out what that is going to be.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Fun fabric choice! You have a nice collection of blocks started

SandraC said...

I am enjoying the hand-piecing QAL, also. I love the shark block!

Kim said...

Your hand piecing blocks are looking great. Love the shark block one you have just finished.