Hi fellow quilters,
Welcome! Thanks for stopping by and visiting me during this road trip through the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from The Quilting Company (Quiltmaker). I live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota with my hubby and 3 kids. Aside from being the Land of 10,000+ lakes, Minnesota is full of lots of wonderful quilt shops and guilds so it’s a great place to visit and I’m very lucky to live here. We also tend to have lots of snow, so it was no surprise to wake up to a small dusting of snow this morning.
I’m so pleased to be part of this Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 16 issue:
My block is shown on the bottom row of the cover (yippee!) and is called Flying ‘Round
(block #1565 on page 41 of the magazine). The name was easy given all the flying geese swirling around:)
I used solids for my block: 3 shades of blue with white accent on a black background.
Usually when I make flying geese in my patterns, I do the no waste method where you use one large square of background (base triangle) fabric and four small squares for the points. Quiltmaker calls this the Fast Flying Geese method and it is shown in the technique section at the back of the magazine.
However, when making flying geese units that have different colored points like the blue and white in my block, it is easier to use the Stitch & Flip method which is also described in the Quiltmaker magazine.
Here’s a quick overview.
To make the flying geese unit at the left, you need one black rectangle, one blue square, and one white square
Draw diagonal lines on the back of the squares and then position the blue square right side together on the left side of the rectangle with the line oriented as shown.
Sew on the line and press the triangle towards the corner making sure that the fabrics align on top of each other. Trim the seam allowance of the bottom two layers to 1/4″.
To complete the unit, next you will sew the white square onto the right side of the black rectangle. Again, press out and trim seam allowance.
I had lots of fun creating the block and spent lots of time playing with different color combinations.
The block is very versatile. Changing the background color or colors of the flying geese will yield very different looks.
Here’s the block in greens.
Look how different it looks when I replaced the small white triangles with the shades of green and change the flying geese base triangles from black to white.
And how about adding more colors?
Besides playing with different block color combinations, I also had a blast playing with different quilt layouts for my block using EQ7.
Here’s a quilt in a 3 x 3 block setting using the original blues block.
To break up the block intersections so they didn’t create solid light blue squares on point, I tried varying the shades of blue in each block so that every other one shaded from light blue in center to dark blue out, opposite from the original block shading
What if we add thin black sashing?
How about seeing what it looks like with a gray background instead of black?
Or prefer to make every other block in shades of green rather than blue?
And what about using the block version above which was all shades of green with white base triangles and alternating the green shading placement?
The possibilities truly are endless so have fun playing with your favorite colors! I’m sure you can tell by now that blues and greens are my favorite:)
Now, I have 2 giveaways:
The first is a copy of this issue of the magazine, Volume 16, sent to you directly from Quiltmaker.
The second giveaway is your choice of any 3 of my Quilt Moments patterns. Browse through the patterns on my website and also check out my last blog post that shows all the newest designs that I showed in my booth at the Houston quilt market last month.
How to enter? Simply leave a comment on this post. Any comment will do…the color combination you think you would like to use when you sew a Flying ‘Round block, the patterns on my site that you hope to win, the project that you’re working on at the moment, or your location and the weather in your neck of the woods…whatever you feel like sharing! I will select 2 winners at random this Sunday, November 19th at midnight CST. (Note: I extended the deadline since the Quilty Pleasures blog for Quiltmaker was hard to find for a bit with the transition this week to their new site called The Quilt Company. Their blog entries are found under “Articles” here.
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Good luck and visit Quiltmaker’s blog to continue the road trip and visit all the other blogs today and this entire week. Quiltmaker is also giving away daily prizes and 5 grand prizes for entries submitted by midnight Nov 19 so look at their blog entries for more chances to win!
Until next time, please remember to enjoy all your quilt moments:)!
WoW! What a striking block! Love it! Congratulations for being in Vol.16 ;-D
Love the blue, white and black color combination as well as the rainbow colors.
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I love everything you do Marilyn. The Ribbon Rainbow is calling me but all your patterns are fabulous. I have a set of Loc Bloc’s for Flying geese so this would be a lot easier. I am making my Grandson a Log Cabin out of his Grandfather’s shirts right now.
Beth T, says
I love seeing all of the color variations–isn’t amazing how that can change the personality of a quilt? Thanks for taking the time to show us so many options. I don’t have EQ, so I still do all of that with colored pencils or crayons; I usually give up before I’ve tried as many options as you showed us. :}
Congratulations on being included in this volume. I love seeing a traditional block get an update.
Diane paul says
I’d love to see this block in batiks. I wonder how different it would look.
Allison Evrard says
Your Flying ‘Round block is stunning and the quilt variations made with the block are amazing!
Your block is stunning–thanks for sharing! Love your new rainbow BOM, too!
Dana Gaffney says
I like the blue and green with the thin sashing, it’s beautiful!
Great use of flying geese units! I would love to see it in red, black, grey, and white!
Susan Conner says
this will go as one of my favorites and one I might just actually make someday. Thanks for sharing color ideas, that made me think of more possibilities, so that is inspiring. Great block.
Joyce Carter says
Your block looks amazing. I really love it with the greens—my favorite color. Congratulations and thank you for the giveaway.
Paige at Quilted Blooms says
Great block! Loving that gray background!
Verna A. says
So many possibilities! My favorite version is the blues with the thin black sashing.
Debbie - Shadows of the Blue Ridge says
Flying Round has so many fun options based on color placement! Thanks for sharing pictures for some of the layout options :o) I have a block in Vol. 16, so no need to consider me for drawings…I just enjoy traveling the Road Rally and enjoying the stops!
Loris Mills says
I love making Flying Geese. Your block makes great use of them. Thank you for the quilt ideas for the blocks too.
Nancy A says
Your block is great. I wonder how it would look in red and white (the University of Alabama colors) or or orange and blue (University of Illinois colors), or red and green for Christmas. The possibilities are endless.
Such a great block! I am from Switzerland and the wet and cool wheather just has landed, lol!
Karen D Martin says
Love the movement in your block—hard to choose a favorite setting though! Congrats on making the cover!
What a fascinating block! I love the many variations. My favorite is the blue. Congratulations on making the cover of 100 Blocks.
Donna W says
Fantastic block. Right now I am into blue, so it most likely be blue and white
Danette Stankovich says
You have an amazing amount of patterns on your website. I especially liked Twister Sparkler and Charm Bracelets. Thank you!
I love the original design without sashing. Would be so fun to play with different color combinations!
Laura M says
Thank you for sharing all the interesting designs using your block. I think I’d use a monochromatic blue palette to experiment.
Love all the color combinations that you showed with the block. I’d use either a scrappy color combination or a RWB theme if making the block.
mary nett says
I really like the Ribbon Rainbow BOM.
Denise Russell says
I love your block and all the possibilities! Do not enter me on the giveaway and my block is in the magazine and I am part of the tour.
Pam McDonald says
I love how you did the flying geese. :0 I am thinking how red, white and black would look. Hm…
Pam McDonald says
You have some beautiful quilts. I like the Kensington Kaleidoscope. The ribbon is beautiful too. Oh and it is rainy and windy here in the Pacific Northwest 🙂
Pat K says
I am presently working on a quilt for my new grand nephew. I would make your block in the original colors you used — it is very striking.
Irene Grimes says
Great Block! I am in North Carolina and very appreciative of the opportunity to win a copy of the magazine…
I’d like to do this block in autumnal batiks. Love the movement in it.
Congrats on your block! It’s stunning! My favorite layout /colors would be to try it with the light gray background and the thin sashing. My husband graduated from The Citadel, so the gray, blue, black and gold would be perfect for a lap quilt so he could watch football under “game colors!” Congrats again!
Congratulations on having your block included. I love the gray version! Thank you for the giveaway.
I’m busy with my Christmas sewing now but I’m looking forward to reading this magazine to get inspiration for future projects! Thanks for all the ideas for using your block.
Pamela Reim says
Wonderful block; of course flying geese are a favorite of mine. Liked your new Ribbon Rainbow & the mini twister rings. Wet & windy here in Oregon.
kathy pfaltzgraff says
Some great quilts you showed in Houston, thanks for the invitation to follow you, the graphic designs as eye-catching! Kathy in colo
Joanna Perry says
I like the blue and black combination. Flying geese are tricky but they have a wonderful effect.
Darlene B says
What a great block! I don’t typically like gray, but I love the color option with the grey background and sashing.
I checked out your website and you have fabulous quilt patterns! If I were to win, I think I would choose Strip & Twist for sure – sometimes the specialty rulers I buy end up in storage and I love the “twist” of this pattern. Hard to decide what else I would choose from the great selection. But I won’t stress over it until I know if I’ve won! 🙂
Susan Nixon says
This was actually one of the blocks I thought I might really make. LOL Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas here. I already have the magazine, because one of my friends has a block in it, too, but I would love to win your patterns! Thank you for that chance.
Sue Parks says
I love Panel twist and Catch me. I would like to attempt to make them. I have some panels as they are fun to add to your stash! I live in sunny south Florida and grow orchids and pineapple in my garden. When it’s to hot outside I sew.
Jayne P says
I love how versatile this block is. Thank you for showing us different layouts and colour options
Love your block! I enjoy seeing all the different ways you can spin it!
NancyB from Many LA says
Love your block – Flying Geese is probably my most favorite block, so I’m loving yours with all the colors and arrangements!
I’d love to try a combination layout of the small (black base) and big (white base) geese blocks and maybe some plain blocks for negative space
Kathie L says
I love the Entwined pattern. Very Celtic looking.
Barb K. says
I would be excited to win your Ribbon Rainbows quilt design–so striking!
Janet T says
Love your Ribbon Rainbow quilt. Also the Entwined quilt is really nice.
Catch me, changing ways, and tilt a whirl are some of my favorites. Your block for Quiltmaker is great, love all the options available, and love your three blues, white and black. Thanks for giveaway.
Congratulations on your block being in this issue! I love so many of your designs – tilt a whirl is one of them! Thank you!
Carol Nelms says
My favorite 3 patterns are All for One, Check out the Stars, and Twisted Shimmer. Thanks
Great block!!! Congrats on being in this issue!!! Love the blue/green variation!!
Rita Long says
I like the blues, black and white.
I love the blue and green combination in this fabulous block.
Lisa Marie says
Hello from Kentucky! Your block is just gorgeous and I love seeing all the different color ideas, it helps to get me inspired.
Margaret Andrews says
What a pretty block! I like Ribbon Rainbow and Friendship Star that you had in your booth. Both colorways were very pretty. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.
Carol Nelms says
My 3 favorites are Twister Shimmer (I have
twisted Tapestry), All for One, and Check out the Stars. Thanks for sharing and the giveaways.
Susan Blumenshein says
Oh my gosh! Your Flying ‘Round immediately caught my eye! So striking. Congrats on making this volume and thanks for the giveaways.
Patty H says
I love the blue/green combo, but they’re all beautiful. Rainbow Gardens called to me as I scrolled through your new patterns from Houston.
Wow! Lots of great layouts…I think I like the various designs with the dark ground and white geese…the secondary pinwheel is striking.
Talulah Harper says
Just linked to your blog through Quilty Pleasures. I’ll be sure to check back often. Love the block.
Susan Spiers says
A very versatile block indeed! I live on a lake and actually have geese flying off the lake in the mornings, in formation! They always give me a heads-up up with their bellowing as they leave and sometimes they fly right over head – what an amazing sight and sound! Thank you for sharing, Susan
Liz Engman says
Love the Rainbow BOM quilt, but would more likely make the Kaleidoscope quilt. Really appreciate the various versions of your Flying Geese block you came up with.
Mary D says
Flying geese quilts/blocks are all the rage now. I am working on a giant flying geese nephew quilt.
For the last block layouy I say more color. Lots of color. Yep that works for me. I do love the booth quilt from Fall Market Charm Friendship Stars. It would look right at home on my bed. 🙂
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Janet Bland says
Congratulations on being a cover girl! This is a wonderful block and has so many possibilities for use.
I looked through your patterns and love Close Encounter. I have a generous supply of jelly rolls and it would be just the thing to put them to needle. I love that it comes in a variety of sizes.
Linda Christianson says
I love the green block and all the different way to spin the block. It would be fun to try all the primary colors for a kid quilt. I am making a wall Christmas tree quilt for my husband.
Mary Hertel says
Stunning work! You have done a wonderful job and congrats on being in volume 16 and ON THE COVER!
Diann Bottrell says
What a beautiful block! I love flying geese! I really like your version that combines blue, green, and white. Thanks for the great giveaway.
Aby Dolinger says
This is a great graphic block for a modern quilt. What about increasing the sizes of the pieces and making a one block baby quilt?!
Kathy h says
I love all the different looks this block can make. I love all the shades of blue. I’ve always wanted to make a quilt in different shades of blue. I also like your chance encounters quilt. Getting very cold here in Pennsylvania but our leaves are gorgeous colors right now.
Fun block, love all the variations! Wonder how a scrappy one would look?
Kaye M says
I like the arrangement of alternating green and blue blocks with black sashing to define each block.
Kathy E. says
I really like all of the variations of your block! The flying geese remind me of pinwheels blowing in the wind. My favorite pattern of yours is Changing Ways…love the movement of it…and the look of pinwheels!
Jamie Todhunter says
What a fun block! I loved how you played with the colors and showed the different examples of the block in a larger quilt. I think I liked the thin sashing sample best. I would most likely use blues to make the block, since that is my favorite color. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.
Rachell Reilly says
There is so much movement to these layouts of flying geese! I love seeing all the color options and layouts.
I have been in love with your patterns for a long time! I’m dying to make Ribbon Rings, and I have a Stonehenge patriotic panel that I want to make with Starlight! And I just can’t decide between Among the Stars and Marble Layer. I bet you can’t guess that stars are my favorite blocks!
I love your modern spin on the flying geese block – thanks for sharing your tips on making them & thanks for the chance to win.
Lee Ann Lenfest says
That is a stunning block!
Mary Porath says
I love your block, I really like the blue ones.
I have panels that I didn’t know what to do with, I saw your Panel Twist & Starlight that will solve the problem. I also like Ribbon Rainbows and Strip Twist.
Still working on my top from Quilt Connect USA.
Congrats on your block.
Melody Lutz says
Your block looks so FUN and the tutorial was great. Thanks for sharing…
Elaine M. says
I like your block in the quilt with the alternating blue and green blocks. I love your cushion even better.
I like how you’ve already taken your block and shown several different ways to set it…along with different color ways. This is so helpful to see it like that. Thanks!
Lynn D in NC says
I think I would make this quilt in red, white, and black..The colors for the local college.
Carrie P. says
Cool block. I really like the Mini Twister Rings from your website.
Lynne Killgore says
Really like this square and it’s possibilities. I’m thinking of red, white and blue. Are you going to do another trip with Stitchin’ Heaven. Class with you was great.
Brenda Ackerman says
Hello Marilyn; You are a fabulous quilt designer! I would love to make all of your patterns. I am working on a quilt pattern for two almost teen (a boy and a girl) and having a blast playing with fabric choices and border patterns. Flying Geese is going to be a part of one of the borders. Seeing the way you put your Flying Geese together and arranged them was so helpful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing everything that you did! I so hope to win both of your giveaway’s but that is greedy….sharing is much better, so even if I do not win, I will be buying a copy! Have a fabulous day!
Hi Brenda, you are the lucky winner of a copy of the magazine from Quiltmaker! When I tried to email you it came back as undeliverable. If you see this comment, please email me your mailing address to send the magazine, thanks!
Susan Shaw says
I had difficulty finding your block on the cover even knowing it was on the bottom row. I was looking at the block “up close” and then trying to find it “at a distance.” How different the block looks at different distances, too. I am a blue person and love the blue color ways. I enjoyed seeing the different colors and especially the use of many colors.
As to the weather – I live in Oklahoma and here from friends there that the weather is very overcast and gloomy. I am in Albuquerque having a blast with my two grandsons here. My daughter and her husband are on a pilgrimage with other family members and some strangers to Italy. I have the better deal. It’s sunny and delightful here. The 11 year-old grandson had a baseball tournament Saturday and Sunday and I have a sore sunburn on my face and upper chest. I look like a raccoon. I could feel the sun coming through my leggings and long sleeve t-shirt and covered as much as I could with my sweatshirt even though it was warm. I moved to the shade and it was too late. I am very, very fair.
Congratulations on the publish. Thank you for the wonderful blog and the chance for the giveaway.
Nicole Sender says
I really like the block with all shades of green with white base triangles and alternating the green shading placement. Your block is outstanding!
Cathy C says
Great pattern. I like the version with the white base triangles
Maryellen McAuliffe says
What a great block. I do love the blues, and thanks for sharing all the variations. Thanks.
Judy Forkner says
When you said we could comment on our weather, I thought that’s my topic! Here in Boulder, CO, we had a gorgeous day–the temperature topped out at around 70 degrees. We love, love, love warm days in November!
I Like Your Block design, it has movement. Great!!
I like the multi colors. It gives a modern twist in the quilt .
Karen Paxton says
Love the original color 3×3 flying geese – and how interesting to see how color choices “change” the pattern!
Love this block. flying geese are one of my favorite patterns. this block is so inspiring.
Monica R. says
Thanks for sharing the color variations for your block.
What a fabulous block. Thank you for sharing such amazing variations, too.
I love your block❤️ It’s very striking and I love flying geese! I’m jealous of all your quilt shops. There are none where I live- so sad!
Diantha Howard says
I enjoyed seeing all the variations of your block.
My 3 favorites of your patterns are “Celebration”, “Kenzington Kaleidoscope”, and “Kaleidoscope Garden”. (It was hard to choose 3!)
We are just starting to have some spitting snow (in VT), none is sticking to the ground yet.
Rochelle Summers says
Beautiful block. Flying geese is one of my favorite blocks and I like how you have used them in a new way. I would make it with pinks. Congratulations on having your block included.
I would definitely make your block in the 100 blocks in a rainbow of colors paired with black.
I love all of the variations you show for your block. Currently, I am working on 2 projects – a king sized flannel quilt for my bedroom and a set of 4 stained glass braid cushion covers for my livingroom. Thanks!
Bobbie Campbell says
I’m working -scrambling is a better word to finish a quilt for a neighbor’s wedding. I love your block and my colors always go to blues and high contrast -whiye. Thnks.
I love the blue, white and black version of your Flying Geese block!
Really a lot of possibilities with your block. Thanks for sharing.
Carol Mina says
Really a lot of possibilities with your block. I better get busy and start sewing.
Lisa Estrada says
Thanks for all the color combinations. Love them!
Nancy Roraback says
You have some really great patterns! I really love the section on your site of Kaleidoscope patterns!
My hubby and I spent 4 great years in Apple Valley, MN and loved it! I like the gray background pattern; very unusual!
Amy L. says
I like the movement in your blocks. They bring energy to your layouts. It would be fun to see them in fabric.
Your Ribbon Rainbow quilt is gorgeous and I love the patterns made with the mini twister.
judi duncan says
what a stunning block you have done! I love everything paired with black, I would use shades of raspberry and plum!
Debbie rhodes says
Love your block yours designs are wonderful
Beautiful block. My current project is a snowman quilt for my daughter.
Kris S says
Your block construction is very clever. I really like the setting in gray. I enjoyed looking at your website. My favorite of your patterns is the Mini Twister Rings.
Love this block!!!
Carol W says
I loved your color variations.
I like this block. I think I’d go with a gray background but unsure of the other colors. Thanks for sharing!
Julie Averill says
I love seeing this block put into a quilt…and the different color options is great.
Nancy Tanner says
Wow. Love your block, blues my favorite thanks for the giveaway
Janet Parde says
I like the multicolored block. The black background makes it all pop!
Diane Oakes says
Very cute block, love the multicolored block. Thanks for sharing!!
Jill Spencer says
Love, love, love Mini Twisted Rings!!!
Connie Wood says
Love your block! Would love to win the magazine. I also love how you use panels–Panel Twist & Starlight in particular.
Love your block, I’m a big fan of flying geese (real and pieced)
Barb Spurr says
Love any block that has flying geese….your’s is lovely!!
Linda in NE says
Lots of movement in this block, almost dizzying. The black background does such a good job of making the colors pop.
Gale Yawn says
I really like your block. I’d like to do it in primary colors and black. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Patricia Hanna says
Such a striking block design, especially using the black background! It caught my eye right away. It will be fun to play with color variations in this one.
Margaret Morton says
What a great block! Thank you for showing and discussing so many different color combos.
Donna Minter says
Your Flying ‘Round block really lends itself to a big array of color combos. I checked out your patterns. Ribbon Rainbow is a show-stopper!
Your block is great and I love the color combinations you have chosen.
I like the Kensington Kaleidoscope pattern. It would give me something new to try out and use up quite a few scraps.
Pamela W says
I love blue and I love flying geese, so your block is right up my alley! Love it!
Sharon Browne says
I love the blue and black combination the best.
Kathy Leake says
Such a fun block. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Kathy in Sonoma County, California, where it is definitely Fall. Brrr.
Rosalind Gutierrez says
Your pattern called “Entwined” intriques me for using precuts.
Brenda Ehlers says
I have followed the 100 block hops for years and yes it was a little more difficult to find! But love the blue variations of your block and thanks for showing a completed quilt layout-stunning!
i really like the block with the black background. It looks like the geese are floating.
glen QuiltSwissy (Parks) says
I really like they layout of the FG pieces within the block. Congratulations on a great block.
Agneta Ekholm says
Hi, first time visiting your site, I wish I found you earlier!
I have been so inspired by your patterns (love the 100-blocks block too, fun to play with geeses.) If I had to make a choice among all beautiful patterns I think “Entwined” would be my favourite. Not too hard but stunning anyway!
Regards from Sweden,
Catharine Biddy says
I really love your Flying Round block ! Congrats on making the magazine. I’m really into using solids and your block looks really good in most color combos. I really want to make a sampler quilt using some of the blocks in volume 16.. Thank You for sharing your creativity with us.
Catharine Biddy says
I really love your Flying Round block ! Congrats on making the magazine. I’m really into using solids and your block looks really good in most color combos.
Anita Jackson says
A Flying Round block would be lovely in Blues~
Striking block!looks like it will be fun to make.
Pat Fredericks says
Marilyn, Love your block. I would love to try it in red, white, and blue.
Marilyn G says
Wow. I would definitely love to win the Kaleidoscope Garden pattern. Plan to make it.
Cyndy Knapp says
Wow! You have so many pretty patterns! I really like the Panel Twist, which I think would be great to use with a children’s panel. I also like the Ribbon Rings. Thank you for offering the giveaway.
What a striking versatile block! It’s fun to see how it changes with different color combinations. I’d make it purples and greens. Thanks so much for sharing this! I follow you on Facebook. Thanks for all the inspiration!
Linda Dixon says
The blues spinning is my fav and I love the rainbow ribbons!
Debbie P says
Great block!! Thank you for the design and presenting the different options!
I find your patterns interesting and think they would be fun to make. I like them all and would like to try them – Kensington Kaleidoscope, Ribbon Rainbow or Kaleidoscope Garden are definitely stand-outs!
Lisa LaBarbera says
I would love to do this block in teal and brown. Such a beautiful pattern :0)
Renee Atkinson says
So refreshing! As a dedicated scrapper, I tend to avoid the traditional but this block feels like a new twist! This has been a year of grays for me and I have resigned myself that I need to work with more neutrals, so I would combine a light cream, mid-gray and dark gray. Love your combinations!
Sandra Jantzi says
I have always had a love affair with flying geese. I am intrigued how different your block looks just by changing the color value and placement. Beautiful work!
Joni Wright says
Great fresh block design! The gray with small sashing really says winter to me. I love the multi color blocks and will use this idea for a teen aged comfort quilt. My favorite pattern of yours hands down is Ribbon Rainbow. Congrats in being selected for Volume 16!
Karen Keeler says
I would like it in red, white and blue. What a modern take on flying geese.
Tu-Na Quilts says
Great block! High 70s and in the 80s here in Phoenix, AZ.
Neat Block! Thanks so for a great Giveaway!