Sunday, November 15, 2009

Greenpiece goodness

Over the summer, I saw some pictures of the beautiful Moda Greenpiece quilt and decided that I wanted needed to make one.

Moda's Greenpiece quilt
So I signed up for a BOM program through Gathering Fabric, a local quilt shop. While most shops are doing wool applique (as in the original Moda quilt), this particular shop decided to treat the applique blocks as optional, and is not including fabric for it (though the background fabric is included). But it is providing the patterns and the embroidery files, leaving the choice up to each individual... wool applique, traditional applique, embroidery, or blank. The best part about this is that the price of the BOM reflects that. I also really like having choices. Since I know almost nothing about wool, I've decided to go the traditional needleturn applique route for mine.

A few weeks ago, I picked up my first set of pieced blocks, and also purchased some fat quarters for the applique blocks.

my first blocks
The fat quarters are all from Andover's Itsy Bits III line. The shop has a completed sample using these fabrics and it is really cute, so I thought I'd give them a try.

I haven't managed to complete any applique yet, but I do have my first pieced blocks complete.

pieced blocks, month one
I'm really happy with how they turned out. The instructions for the first block included a really spiffy, new-to-me method for completing flying geese. No triangles and no waste! It is pretty snazzy. (Patti R. Anderson has a basic tutorial that shows how it works.)

I really want to try and stay kind of on top of this project, so I'm hoping to get going on the first applique blocks here soon (especially since I'll be picking up the next set of blocks later this week!).


  1. Nicely done! It is a beautiful quilt, and I'm interested to see it done with the needle turn applique. Isn't the quick piece method for flying geese fabulous? Lazy Girl designs has a ruler for doing flying geese with this method with no math. It is really handy. Good luck on your greenpiece, I'll be back to see your other blocks! :)

  2. what a lovely quilt. I think your fabrics and colours are just great for it. The blocks are looking very nice.

  3. That looks like a really fun quilt to make since it has so much variety to it. I am going to have to look up the flying geese tutorial.

  4. Very cool, I love the pattern!

  5. I remember seeing that on some web site and admired but have resisted. I will just watch you doing your lovely applique.

  6. Now that's a very nice quilt! Love the first blocks and can't wait to see more.

  7. Lovely! I thought about signing up for this one but decided that I have too many projects already.
    I'll just check in here for my fix.