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January 2nd, 2022 at 4:55 pm

Ending / Starting with a bang – New Years Geese Migration

Well, crafting this fall has been at a minimum.  Work has taken up most of my time and I really haven’t had much of a drive to work on anything.

As far progressed into Winter I really had to want to do much. But it’s a new year and I am pushing myself down to that room to give some of these unfinished project some attention.

So – being that is the goal, I started this year off with a bang and did a Flying Geese block for one of my more complex quilt tops – Gravity.  So, this just happened – I didnt think I made that more than 2 years ago – I was wrong, I made that in August 2016 – 5+ years ago. Oh by, now I know I really have to get working on these things.

So I have been thinking about this one for a long time, how to pay tribute to the Gravity quilt with a Geese Migration block.  I pulled out the box with all the left over pieces and started laying them out, and laying them out and laying them out. Moving, changing – had to walk away quite a few times.

Then, I get it all together and look at it – it’s backwards!!! The geese were on the wrong side – so me and “Jack” spent some time together today too.  A little bit of everything was going on in that room today.

It’s flashy, lots of angels, but all in all I love how it turned out.

So here it is – the first of 2022, the last of 2021 all rolled up into 1 Geese Migration block.


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November 25th, 2021 at 9:13 am

Giving of Thanks

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Today is a day for giving thanks.
Thanks for what we have in our lives.
To those that are experiencing their first Thanksgiving after the loss of a loved one, I send you a warm, heartfelt hug.
Holidays are a time for coming together,
    our loved one that has passed was welcomed by their loved ones that went before them.
They are now free of the physical pain they suffered here,
    and are free to dance around the clouds.
While we sit at a table with an open chair,
    they sit around a full table.
While we watch football on TV,
    they are watching us as we sit down to dinner without them.
My heart is broken this Thanksgiving, but it is not empty.
It is overflowing with the memories of the things we shared while she was here.

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September 6th, 2021 at 8:04 pm

Fall Orange – Geese Migration

Well, I snuck in one more tonight – Fall/Orange. Where orange isn’t one of my favorite colors, the fall palette are my favorite colors.

This was a simple block, but I still stress over color matching way too much, way way too much.

Well with this block done, that makes 19 completed 15 1/2″ Geese Migration blocks.

I have 2 piles of scraps set aside for 2 more, but I feel this is coming to the point of starting to assemble the whole top soon.

That’s gonna be a big job and lots of floor space needed to do this next step.

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September 6th, 2021 at 4:21 pm

Blue Geese Migration

One more from the color challenge from 2015 – it feels good to get another one done, but oh so many more to do.

Doing these blocks clears my head so much from my daily grind of programming – even though it is math, and rows/columns – it’s not all numbers.

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September 6th, 2021 at 4:18 pm

3’s a Wrap – Geese Migration

Well, finally got the 3rd Red one done.  Love love love how it turned out.

These 3 were so different and so much red – it was starting to feel like Christmas around here and I am not ready for that – we haven’t even had Trick or Treating yet – let’s not rush things!!!!

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September 3rd, 2021 at 9:33 pm

Looking Back – 2015

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So as I was putting together the post about the second “Red” quilt to be represented in the Geese Migration Scrap quilt, I went back to the Monochromatic Quilt Challenge that I did in 2015.  There was only 1 red quilt done for that challenge, but I just had so much red that I kept going with a couple more – I guess.

As I looked over that challenge, I also realized that I have only done 2 Geese Migration block out of the 6 in that group.  Looks like it’s gonna be a busy winter project doing all these large blocks – but oh so fun!!!

I will say it is fun looking back at some of these projects and reliving the experience of seeing all this little pieces coming together to complete these tops. I wonder what it will be like to actually get them quilted and bound as well? 



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September 3rd, 2021 at 9:17 pm

Red n White XO Geese Migration

This one took me a lot of time, a lot of little pieces with even smaller pieces attached.  20 – 2″ squares with 1″ triangles added.

But it looks really really cool.

One more red one to go, hopefully this weekend I will get the last Red & White one done so that I can move on to another color!!!

This block represents a quilt top from 2015 and another one of my favorites –Start to the end of the journeyThe ending to the journey

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August 29th, 2021 at 7:40 pm

Red & Black Geese Migration

Well, I just couldn’t not finish one of these – it was bugging me way too much. AND This was the easier of the 3 that I have to do.

The original quilt top was part of a challenge from FB, or some other group that I was in. It’s a nice little picnic quilt.

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August 29th, 2021 at 5:11 pm

Seeing Red – Geese Migration

It’s sort of fitting that I am working on these  this weekend – just last week I noticed that the Canadian Geese have started to appear in fields and yards on their yearly migration thru the state.

So since I got the other one made today, I was a on a roll. I pulled out the list of quilts that I need to do Geese Migration blocks for and I saw 3 red ones. So I dove right in.

Had a bit of a break to go to the nearby garden nursery, but I was gonna try to get another block done. So I started cutting, and cutting and cutting. But then I got stuck on a decision – I am not good at decisions that there is not an obvious answer.  I could tell I was spinning my wheels. So I decided to get, what I thought was the hardest parts done, the Flying Geese.

I got those done and I will have to draw out what the next part is for these one.

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August 29th, 2021 at 11:40 am

When life gives you lemons, I make a Geese Migration block

I know, it sounds ominous but it’s not.

New job, new systems to learn/navigate, it all just rolls into one really busy summer for me.

I have not had much of any time to do much crafting, but I have had time to “start” cleaning out my craft room.  It was getting so cluttered (and if you were to look at it now it would look really cluttered if you didn’t see it before) so I dove into cleaning out stuff that I haven’t used in a long time. Craft stuff collected over the last 35 years or so.  IT feels good, but hard to admit I’m not gonna do some of the things I collected.  BUT someone else will – I have donated a lot of stuff so that feels really good!!!

Over the last week or so, when I could scrape a few minutes away from computers, I looked thru my gallery of quilt tops to look for inspiration for the Geese Migration quilt project that I started this year.  I went thru and found all the quilts that I want to make a quilt migration block for and started piling material for them.  This was the first one on my list to do – very much not my normal color pallet but it’s good to step outside your normal, and experience something different once in awhile. (well that’s what they say at least.

So this block comes from the set of tops that I made when I did a color challenge – one of my favorites Yellow quit tops.

Well that’s one off my list, 12 more to go.

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