Friday, August 2, 2013

Shades of Grey

I don't know why I'm always so surprised that I find challenges such a challenge.  In this case, the color scheme was definitely out of my comfort zone.

For the BMQG 2013 LQF Mini-Quilt Challenge we were given this color scheme.  When I started picking fabrics from my stash I realized I didn't even have a grey category.  

Not that I didn't have any greys...just that they weren't all stored together.  With some digging I was able to pull together a nice assortment, all from stash! 

When I was brainstorming the first thing that popped in my head was Grey Goose, which lead to flying geese but I also wanted something modern with some negative space.  Inspired by the amazing Victoria Findlay Wolfe I used this awesome curved geese tutorial to make a flying geese template on freezer paper.  It's nice because you can see how it's going to look and adjust your lines.  Just remember the image will be reversed when you are done.  For the curved piecing I referred back to my favorite tute by the incredible Sarah Fielke.  She makes it sooo easy!!!

I debated doing some fancy FMQ but decided to keep the quilting minimal so I just used masking tape to echo the angle of the geese.

When I was designing this I played around with the perspective so that the geese got bigger as they approached the bottom of the quilt.  I wanted to create the illusion of them flying off the quilt so I planned to match the binding on the final goose.  It came out almost perfectly:-)

Quilt Stats:

Finished quilt is 22" x 26"
Pattern: Based on this awesome curved geese tutorial by the amazing Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Fabrics: Assorted greys from stash.  Binding is Woodcut from Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner.
Background: Kona Azure
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient
Thread: Aurifil 5006

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Very pretty! Love the way you used the shades of grey to create that effect!

  2. It's awesome Alice! LOVE the binding!

  3. Very cute. It reminds me of the geese migrating south in the fall (just without all the noise, lol). Great job.

  4. Ooh Alice - this is striking!! A winner for sure!

  5. Wow! that's just stunning and the binding is so perfect. Awesome!

  6. It's gorgeous, I love everything about it :)

  7. Particularly love your little label.

  8. Beautiful job Alice. I love the way you finished the corner. Very clever! The label's great, too. Did you make it on a printer or did you stamp it?

  9. That came out great! Love it, Alice!

  10. This is awesome! I can't wait to see it in person!

  11. LOVE IT!!! Inspired by Grey Goose and named Shades of Grey... hmm. I like how you think. ;)