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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Modern With a Twist

If you're familiar with my quilt designs, you know I am a big fan of updating the classics.  Though I sometimes like ultra-modern style, my quilts more often live right on the line between modern and traditional.  That's why, when I was contacted by Modern By the Yard e-zine asking if I would like to put a spin on a classic quilt block for their Modern With a Twist series, I jumped at the chance.


The classic block for the month was the Flying Geese block, and I took the opportunity to play with a design that's been rolling around in my head for a little while, the Flying Geese Echo.  The echo effect is created by arranging the flying geese units from largest to smallest, and the colors from darkest to lightest in the block.  The result is really fun, especially when the blocks are put together into a full quilt.


In my block, I used the Color Weave collection in shades of Turquoise, Medium Turquoise, and Light Turquoise, with a Medium Gray background.  These fabrics are very near solid, but have just enough texture to keep things interesting.  I love that they almost have a linen look.

The next time you're stumped and looking for a new quilt design, why not just freshen up a classic?  You can see my design, along with the other Modern With a Twist designs in the current issue of Modern By the Yard HERE.  Check it out!

**Edited 5/22-  Since several have emailed me to ask, here are the block measurements.  The Flying Geese Echo makes a 12" finished block.

     Largest flying geese unit-  finishes at 6" x 12" ,  cut one dark tone rectangle 6.5" x 12.5", plus two gray 6.5" squares for the corners

     Medium flying geese unit- finishes at 4" x 8" , cut one medium tone rectangle 4.5" x 8.5", plus two gray 4.5" squares for the corners.  Then add two gray rectangles 2.5" x 4.5" for the sides of the unit to widen it out to 12"

     Small flying geese unit- finishes at 2" x 4" , cut one light tone rectangle 2.5" x 4.5", plus two gray 2.5" squares for the corners.  Then add two gray rectangles 2.5" x 4.5" for the sides of the unit to widen it out to 12"

Sew the flying geese units together, largest to smallest, and trim to 12.5" if necessary.  Enjoy!



16 comments:

  1. I really like this classic block, especially made modern and in spa-like colors. Yum!

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  2. Love this! I've always been intimidated by the flying geese block - all those points that need be precisely pieced! But I recently ordered the Fons & Porter flying geese ruler, and I've been searching for a pattern to (finally) try some geese. This is perfect, and I can't wait to try this layout!

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  3. I’m there with you on that line between modern and traditional! Great reworking of the Flying Geese Block. I’ve made a lot of flying geese over the years but never combined sizes before.

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  4. This is awesome. Well done. It's a simple yet striking design.

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  5. This is great-- and I'd love to make this. I clicked through to the magazine, but it doesn't seem to have instructions anywhere. Do you have your sizes listed anywhere? I suppose I could do the math and come up with something myself....but I really hate math lol, and I love your proportions here.

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  6. Such a great design Kelly! Love the color scheme too.

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  7. Classic quilt blocks can be so fun to play with. Your design has a real southwest feel to it when used in multiples. Nicely done.

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  8. HI - This is a stunning, modern quilt! I really like it. I could not find a pattern/instructions. Do you have a pattern?

    Thanks you, LaDonna

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    1. Hello, LaDonna! Thank you so much. I'm glad you like it. You are coming up as a no-reply blogger so I am responding to you here. I don't have a pattern for the quilt, but I edited the post to include the block sizing for you. Beyond that, it's pretty straightforward. Enjoy!

      :) Kelly

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  9. I love this and thank you for sharing the sizing!

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    1. Christine - Where did you find the sizing? Thanks, LaDonna

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    2. LaDonna- I edited the post this afternoon. I had to first be certain that I was okay to share it, since magazines sometimes retain the first rights to things they publish, but I got the go-ahead, and added it.

      :) Kelly

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  10. Thank you for posting your measurements and method. I had see it in Modern by the yard.

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  11. Hi Kelly,
    WOWEE - this is just fabulous. I love, love, LOVE the colors you chose and the fabrics. It could not be any better. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial, too. ~smile~ Roseanne

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