ALYOF – March Finish

My goal for March was to design and piece a graduation quilt for my step daughter.  I was starting with some Cori Dantini panels and several coordinating prints.

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I knew that I wanted some flying geese and that I wanted to make use of the smaller panels and the larger “Dare To Fly” panel.  So this was my first idea.  It was meant to be sort of a window making use of the smaller panels.

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It turned out OK, but it wasn’t what I had in my mind’s eye.  And I really didn’t care for the darker solid green that I used.  I set aside the smaller panels for a bit and moved forward making my flying geese and attaching those to the large panel sides.  I really liked the way that turned out and, of course, I don’t have a picture of that stage on it’s own.  But once the geese were added to the panel everything fell into place.  I knew immediately that I wanted stars surrounding the panel.  8 wonky stars later and ……

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Goal completed!  This was, without a doubt, the biggest goal I’ve set for myself and it really didn’t help that I went through almost a whole week looking for my “sewjo” (sewing mojo).  I’m very happy to have this one done.  In fact I was so happy that I was ready to keep moving and get her quilted this week, but I hit a wall when it came time to piece the backing.  I really have nothing in my stash that compliments these colors, well at least not in enough quantity.  So, I get to go fabric shopping….Finally.  I will be so happy when I get a job again and finish this fabric fast.  Until then though, I will be very happy to use one of my loopholes and buy some pretty backing for this quilt.  For quilting I was thinking an all over stipple on the white areas and maybe some echo quilting around the stars.  I’m not sure what to do on that large center panel/geese.  Any suggestions?

Thanks for reading along,

Mara