Monday, December 7, 2015

On The Second Week of Allietare

I made it through week #2 of Bonnie Hunter's Allietare Mystery Quilt. I am really enjoying the process and the camaraderie to be found with other "Thread Warriors" as I've named them. There is an active FaceBook page called Quiltville's Open Studio. Quilters post pictures of their progress on this mystery quilt. They post pictures of completed quilts and "what's under the needle". They ask questions and answer questions. I have found the group to be so supportive and absolutely nonjudgmental. Here is a link to Bonnie's blog, Quiltville's Quips & Snips.

One part of the clue for this week required us to make 80 pieces that look like stretched out 'flying geese'.  Bonnie explained two different ways to make them, one using two special triangular rulers, the "Easy Angle" and the "Companion Angle".  The other method is sewing on the diagonals of two squares placed on either end of a rectangle. I chose to use the rulers.

For those of you who haven't quilted, The red triangles with gold triangular corners are flying geese. (This is not the mystery quilt. This is one block from a sampler quilt I finished last spring.)


Here are the 'stretched' out flying geese from the mystery quilt. All 80 of them!



Quite a few of my geese came out slightly misshapen. It shouldn't be a problem when I piece them in the quilt, as long as I measure each piece, and on the worst, draw seam lines. I think I worked a bit too quickly, and sewing on the bias can cause fabric to stretch, even on such small pieces. There were a lot of suggestions for avoiding this problem on the FaceBook page. Some folks suggested always pressing on flannel. The tooth of the flannel helps hold the cloth. We were reminded to 'press' - not twist with the iron. Some ladies mentioned spray starching the fabric before cutting and sewing. It was also mentioned that when one is sewing on the bias, the presser foot should be lifted, and put down at the point where you want to sew. You shouldn't let the pieces feed into the machine. All very interesting. All great pointers for the next time! I have already learned so much!

Bonnie suggested that the pieces might be headless geese! Many of the quilters in her group felt they really are little Santa's.



What do you think?!

To recap:
(sing along to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas)

Dear Bonnie gave to me,
Two hundred ninety-four HST's.

On the second week of the mystery quilt 
Dear Bonnie gave to me,
80 headless geese,
and
Two hundred ninety-four HST's!








28 comments:

  1. Great post - and cute picture. It's the first one I chose to click on from the Linky on Bonnie's blog.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you liked my little Santa!

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  3. Oh, you are too funny. Thanks for the chuckles.
    very pretty units too.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the nice words! I am really enjoying this process and I look forward to each week's clue.

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  4. Love the song!

    I kept singing (to the tune of Davy Crockett)

    "Alli, Allietare,
    Quilt of the headless geese."

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    1. OK, now you've done it! I have your song stuck in my head!
      It will be a good "marching" song when I am piecing!

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  5. I think it's going to be perfect!

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    1. Thanks. I'll find it fun to see how it progresses.

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  6. Definitely Santas! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks. Maybe we've hit upon the next Christmas quilt idea!!

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  7. Super-cute Santa! And I will enjoy singing your "However-many Weeks of the Mystery" song.

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    1. I'm having fun - both quilting and rhyming!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Ha! Your Santa is so clever! Love it! Your blocks are looking great.

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  9. Your Santa face caught my attention in the linky party. You are the fist blog I linked to and commented on!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate it!

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  10. Fun project! Yes I was told once whilst pressing seams to use fabric sizing. Cute santa:)

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    1. I've used the sizing when pressing, but not before sewing. It seems like, sigh, another step, but patience will be rewarded, right?!!

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  11. Nice addition of the face on your Santa hats. It will be fun to sing the song as we go along.

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    1. Thanks. I am looking forward to Friday to see what Bonnie gives to us this time!

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  12. I chose your post first! Great post.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Several folks chose mine first. I am honored! I guess the little Santa piqued curiosity!

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  13. Love the song - it made me smile this early morning.

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    1. It will be fun to see how the song goes!

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  14. Fabulous units, I like your color choice...and the Santa is adorable.

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    1. Thanks. I am finding it so interesting to see all of the yummy colors everyone is using. This is so much fun!

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  15. I found you thru the link-up on Bonnie's page. I love your colors! I am using a green instead of gray also, but more grass green. Your santa face is adorable & very clever. The starch and the flannel worked well for me. My post today (I just linked up) talks about the challenges I had...my seam ripper and I are well acquainted . Enjoy the process. Mary/www.stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com

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