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Saturday, 24 November 2018

What was I thinking?

You are a lovely lot :)   The comments about my eye floater have helped greatly and I'm now a lot more calm about it all than I was at the beginning of the week.  It also helps that the floater seems to have started to dissipate, that both helps my vision and shows that it is breaking up and following a natural progression.  Not out of the woods yet, but feeling much better.

Have spent the last couple of days gently messing with the box of Christmas fabric and pulled these units.   The question cannot be avoided:  "what on earth was I thinking I would make with all these Flying Geese units, only to get interrupted/derailed for so long the original purpose completely escapes me"?



I do know when this started:  I attended a Cabot Quilting Conference run by Christine Porter.  Despite some digging around online, this was (almost) pre-internet so I cannot find the dates when Harriet Hargrave came to teach, but I reckon it was 1998 or 1999.  I bought a fabulous set of templates from Harriet which guarantees Flying Geese units with none of the points chopped off and virtually no wastage or bias edges, and I know I made dozens and dozens of them which worked their way into various projects.  I still have all the templates (and thankfully the instructions too).



What I don't have is the faintest idea of what I was going to use these units for, but they're too nice to pack back into a box for another 20 years.

I came across this layout on Pinterest, it is credited to "Bonnyarts" on Flickr but I cannot find a link to a real person to give any credit*.  It is definitely one of the nicest Flying Geese options I've seen and right now it is the best (only!) idea I have.



To replicate it I will need to make a few more units but I have extra fabric and (only a quilter will understand the next bit) now I've unearthed the templates I have a hankering to make some more units.









*  If anyone knows who this is, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

14 comments:

  1. No comment here about unearthing things in the sewing room.

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  2. I'm so pleased you're feeling calmer about your eye problem and great that it's starting to get better. Carry on following dotor's orders and take it easy. We'll be checking up on you :-)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I guess it's a bit like the worry you went through between dentist appointments - you hope "it" will be nothing but you're in limbo waiting for whatever is going to happen to happen . . .

      But I really am taking it easy, xx

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  3. I'm afraid I have no imagination when it comes to the flying geese, they just look like triangles to me, or maybe Christmas trees without trunks, but I'm sure whatever you make out of them will look really nice once done. It's good to know that your eye problem is getting better and you're feeling calmer about it - just keep taking it easy and don't try to do things too soon just because you think you should x

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    1. Eunice, I'll let you into a secret - those 'geese' really are just triangles! But triangles with a silly name :)

      I'm going surprisingly well with taking it easy and (for once) not doing things that I think I "ought" to. x

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  4. Understood completely. I too have unfinished bits,& also wonder what on earth I was thinking with some fabrics I purchased, especially in the 90's. I love that layout & look forward to seeing it finished. Glad the eye seems to be healing of it's own accord & you feel calmer. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Oh, I've definitely got the "what the hell was I thinking when I bought that" selection of fabrics . . .

      Sorry to disappoint but that F.G. layout isn't going to make the cut :( (but it would be good to see your version of it, ha ha ha)

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  5. Old WIP, umm I'm looking away from mine, I don't have too many, but I have no desire to work on them. Oh well one day. Glad to read you are improving. It's sunny here so garden is calling, got an hours work in the greenhouse after I have picked up leaves.

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    1. Hi Marlene, there are some UFOs which are unfinished for a very good reason :)

      Enjoy your gardening.

      (Eunice - UFO is a silly quilting acronym for Unfinished Object!)

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    2. I'm sooo glad you told me that otherwise I might have been thinking you were secretly building a couple of space ships in the back garden! :) lol lol

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    3. I'm sooo glad you told me that otherwise I might have been thinking you were secretly building a couple of space ships in the back garden! :) lol lol

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    4. Thanks for the chuckle Eunice, I need that today 😟

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