Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cherie, This One is for YOU!

I've had a finish!  And it's an absolute miracle because I honestly thought this would end up as a bonfire project.  I first blogged about this project in June.   The tiny flying geese (1 1/8" x 1 3/4" unfinished) sat on my sewing table every day since then.  I'd move them around a little and then look at the trash can and then move them around a bit more.  Flying geese and I aren't on the best of terms - I just haven't found my go to method of getting them pieced accurately.  Working with tiny ones certainly didn't hide that flaw.  While packing up for retreat, I decided to take them with me and I spent the good part of a day assembling this little quilt top.  Here is my humility project in all it's glory!  I've since wet it down and blocked it so it looks better and the chalk lines are out.  

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Just to give you an idea at how small these flying geese finish -
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Some points are cut off and some don't come to the edge like they should.  But when I look at it, I see something that I accomplished, something I didn't let get the best of me and even something I've learned from.  I see something to aspire to and hopefully something that will one day demonstrate progress in my skill set because I'll have improved.   So much from a tiny little project!

31 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh my!!! Oh wow! That is fantastic! I swear, I have no idea how you could even make triangles that small. Wow! Beautiful work! Congratulations!

Connie said...

Jackie, they look wonderful! I don't sew pieces that small if I can avoid it. ;D

Deb said...

You have such a wonderful attitude about this - don't let it get the best of you. What imperfections you see are lost to others and what we see is a fantastic project!! Good for you for not sweeping it into the basket!!

Carla said...

It is gorgeous! I think I'd frame it ; )

Dee said...

Oooooo my! They are tiny! Congrats on sticking with it.

FlourishingPalms said...

It turned out very pretty, Jackie! The minor imperfections give it character. Did you make these geese by cutting and and piecing?! I mean, no foundation paper piecing?! If you simply - or should I say, "difficultly" - pieced them, that's even more amazing. I would never be so crazy as to do that! LOL

Catherine said...

Love!!!

Annette-California said...

Your Flying Geese Quilt is totally BEAUTIFUL!!! If you hadn't laid the pin on the quilt - I didn't know just how small the whole quilt it. And you managed to stitch those tiny pieces??? WOW!!! Great Job my friend. You should feel extremely Proud. I am proud of you:)
love Annette

QuiltSue said...

That's beautiful. Those geese really are tiny aren't they?

Sally said...

Oh wow that is beautiful!

Barb said...

Oh my gosh.......working with such small pieces, you did fantastic....

Brenda said...

Good for you, sticking with it and finishing! I can't get over how tiny those triangles are...amazing!

Annie said...

Excellent! And all the better because you persevered! That's a lot of tiny piecing.

Karendianne said...

Your blog is your place to point out your "not so perfect" places so you can improve as you would like BUT… damn girlfriend. This is incredible work!!! Stunning. When I look at this I'm in awe. Awe of your workmanship and your fortitude and your color choices and just the whole beauty of it.

Ok. This is inspiring!!! Have a great day.

Carol said...

Oh, my--all those teeny, tiny pieces!! I can't imagine!! Congratulations on a gorgeous quilt--Jackie. You should be very proud of yourself :)

yarnjourney said...

Lovely! I love the border fabric. You always choose the best patterns. Where do you think those geese are flying?

Simone de Klerk said...

Now that I don't call small but tiny! Great job.

Katherine said...

I saw a fabulous piece on Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting on how to get accurate flying geese units when using the rectangle and square clip and flip method. It was absolutely astounding! They say you draw the line from corner to corner on the square and then sew just to the side of the line instead of ON the line. I haven't yet tried it myself, but they did it a few times and it came out perfect each time. AMAZING piece of work.

Nicola said...

Well done on preserving and finishing. Your quilt looks amazing to me Jackie.

woolwoman said...

It's amazing Jackie - I was glad to have seen this at retreat. the colors are stunning - YGG - onward to the next project finish - melody

Aunt 'Reen said...

Your little quilt looks FABULOUS!
Such tiny little geese... not an easy task to make. LOVE your fabric choices too! Congratulations on a wonderful finish!

Terri said...

I see a lovely something that was created by a person. It wasn't made in a factory. It was stitched by you! We are our own worsts critics. Stand back and look at it. It's beautiful!

Karen said...

Wonderful, it feels so great to finish something that really challenges you!

geeky Heather said...

I can't even explain how awestruck I am. SO TINY. Congratulations!!!!

Mylene said...

Simply beautiful!!

Happy weekend!

Carolyn NC said...

Looks fantastic!!

Karoline said...

It's gorgeous, congratulations

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh mon dieu quel travail !
bisous de France

valerie said...

Wow! All those teeny tiny pieces make a beautiful quilt! Great job Jackie!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Gorgeous...that's all I got but to say gorgeous!

Brigitte said...

All that moving around was completely worth it . the finished piece looks gorgeous. I have never tried myself on those Flying Geese because wherever I look I can read that they are not for beginners, But in autumn when I'll be retired I'll try a lot of new things, also the flying geese.