Monday, August 2, 2010

Dream Catcher

Sliding in at the end of the month is my block for the Bee White Black quilting bee group--whew, made it!  This month belonged to quiltinkimmie (Kim B.) who requested that her fabrics be turned into a block with flying geese in it.  Nope, not talkin' real birds here.  The flying geese block is simply a rectangle shaped block with a triangle in the center and smaller half-square triangles in the upper corners, usually in a contrasting color.  (Here's a quick tutorial for one method of making the flying geese block.)

She chose not to add a touch of color, so the fabrics were strictly black and white.  The fabrics sent in my packet were strong graphics, no floral types, with dots, lines and such.  I love these kinds of black and white fabrics, but they definitely require some careful thinking, cutting and placement to get the best results out of them.

The pattern chosen for her block was the center of a mini quilt pattern called Dream Catcher by Sue Bouchard.  I redrew it in EQ6 to get the sizing I wanted and to give myself printable templates for paper piecing.  I also changed the coloring layout to maximize the effect of the strong black and white fabrics.  What do you think?

These fabrics really played into the layout and design of this block giving a striking image.  When finished, this will be a 12 inch block.  Here's a closer look at the center section of the block:

You can see the flying geese surrounding the center--they almost blend in!  This block would look great in multi-colors or in other two-color combinations.  Give it a try!

Enjoy your block Kimmie! 
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