what I did on my summer vacation – pt. 2

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I joined the Boston Modern Quilt Guild. I had been to a couple of meetings before, but this summer I officially joined. Granted I haven’t been able to make it to all the meetings and sew-ins, partly because I don’t drive and partly because I sometimes get overwhelmed by big groups. However, I have enjoyed the few I’ve been to – these are some talented, funny, and wicked smart women.

When Laurie announced the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge using prints from Jay McCarroll’s Habitat line, I just had to participate. I had been meaning to get my hands on some of these prints for a while, and this was such a perfect opportunity to play with them. I decided to do a pretty traditional design playing with the colors in the prints. I was super-grateful that we were able to use as many solids as we wanted for this challenge because that allowed me some more options in playing with the design and layout of the pieces.

I toyed with the idea of making a crib quilt, but I wasn’t happy with how it looked sashed. I like the triangles butting up right next to the binding. It doesn’t freeze the movement the way that a wider border would. And can I tell you how happy I am with this binding? I love a skinny ass binding. I almost want to make all my future bindings this thin.


So measuring 24 x 33 inches, I’m calling it a miniquilt and have titled it “flying to modern habitats.” I unfortunately will not be able to make it to the next meeting where everyone will share their challenge projects, but I have been thoroughly enjoying people’s entries on the flickr group. 

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If you’re interested in trying your hand at some flying geese, the purl bee has an excellent tutorial on how to make ’em.

2 thoughts on “what I did on my summer vacation – pt. 2

  1. Oh – they're perfect and vibrant. A while ago I cut a lot of scraps for meaking Flying Geese but just havn't had the focus to start them thinking that it was rather boring. Your quilt might just kick off a new project 🙂

  2. I absolutely love flying geese and this is the perfect patten to showcase those prints. I think this is one of my very favorite quilts you've made!

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