The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 65 - Flock of Geese

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day 65 - Flock of Geese

Lately I've been looking at traditional quilt blocks and wondering if they can work as filler designs. Here's the first block I've tried:

free motion quilting | Leah DayWhile Flock of Geese came out looking nothing like a real flying geese block, it was not for lack of trying!

My first attempt looked much more like the block, but the triangles ended up all different shapes and sizes (where did I put that original photo?)

I just wasn't satisfied with this first attempt. First off, it required loads of traveling around each triangle and the end result really didn't look that good.

I think these types of triangles will work better when marked on a quilt top, so maybe this is a good inspiration for a stencil design. Watson, I think you're on to something!

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design will work great in big areas where you have enough space to lay your grid, but definitely not in small, complicated areas.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Once you quilt the grid lines, filling in the geese shapes is actually pretty easy.

Directional Texture - No Direction. This is a flat design that works well to flatten your quilt and create background areas.

Suggestions for Use - Of course I can't resist telling you to go quilt Flock of Geese over your flying geese!

Another good place for this design would be over the lighter patches of a nine patch block. Nice open areas when you have plenty of room to lay your grid and quilt freely!

Back of Flock of Geese
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it.

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Leah Day


  1. hi leah,
    i'm practicing freemotion quilting following your advice, which are just FANTASTIC!!! not only the perfect and very helpfull videos as your sense of humor and paralel comments! i loved the "woo-who" celebration and i will definetly go see sherlock holmes!!! thank you so much!

  2. Leah, I've used thirty of your quilting designs in a recent lap quilt. In keeping track of the names, I found that Flock of Geese Day 65 in your 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs book differs from Day 65 above. I adore the one you put in the book, with fluid lines and triangles fit between them, and have used it in at least three projects so far.


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