The blocks are all done ! The sashings are stitched and the quilt center is finished. Please excuse the photo as the quilt is on my design wall. My sewing space is small and I could not stand back far enough to get a good photo lol.
I am currently working on the applique borders, I have the side border stitched, in the photo below I have them pinned on my design wall against the quilt centre. There is excess binding at the top and bottom so when I add the top and bottom borders I can finish the applique for the corners. Bare with me on that one, all will be revealed when I get to that stage. There will be a final border of the flying geese repeated to finish the quilt.
The final measurement of the quilt is 72 inches x 72 inches.As I have worked on this quilt I have played with different applique techniques, using the glue baste method for the blocks and then washing the blocks before squaring them up to remove all the glue. I am not a fan of using to much glue and struggle with the concept, but in saying that it is an easy method. However for the border I did not want to leave the glue in the applique, as washing the borders separately would not work in this situation. This would mean washing the finished quilt top after it was quilted, which is fine but I was worried about the effect the glue would have. The starch method was a possibility but then there would be starch left in the quilt top and where I live it might attract bugs, so...................... I went back to how I originally learnt to do applique, although I learnt this method as a hand applique method I found it adapted to machine applique easily, with great results. No products are in my applique, and I am a happy girl. I will share these techniques with you soon, I am currently writing a tutorial on how I make my flowers before they are basted onto the quilt top using the latest method. LOL this quilt has taken on a life of it's own. It has my full attention and I am enjoying every minute of it. Read more about the Rambling Ways Quilt Along Rambling Ways Blocks available here Happy Stitching Sharon
How to press a Flying Geese Border ? This is the question I was asked so I have done my best to answer as it is not exactly what you might be expecting to see. Read more to see how I pressed the seams to get nice flat intersections.
Making four Flying Geese units at a time is a great time saver, and a wonderful method. I love to oversize the units and trim them down to the correct size for perfect blocks. Read how I go about making these versatile units that I use in almost every quilt I make.