Tuesday 25 November 2014

Relaxing Robin progress

Dawn hasn’t had a linky party for the Relaxing Robin this month – probably because she and I are the only ones doing it! You can still join in at any time; the details are on the tab at the top of my blog.

My 'progress' on this project has been slow. October was a non-sewing month for me and most of time in my sewing room this month has been taking up by ironing, cutting, sorting and storing scraps (which I am nowhere near finished)! The little time I’ve had to sew, mostly in class, has been focused on my braid quilt which has been causing me no end of problems (and will get it’s own post when the top is finally done)!

I really wanted to work on my Canary on a Pinwheel quilt, which is my Relaxing Robin project; but I had no idea where I was going with it. I like to work my way through a project without too much of a plan but with only two nine inch blocks and twelve four inch blocks, the goal of making a 48” x 64” quilt was quite daunting!

For instance: I knew I wanted to make flying geese units to try out the no-waste method (Jennifer Houlden on YouTube; Patchwork Pieces pdf file here) but how big and how many did I need?

I have been inspired to try an asymmetrical quilt since I saw this book last November.

I got really inspired when I found a pdf file on quiltinggallery.com for Gypsy Breeze quilt by Phyllis Dodds. This works because of the limited palette and (I’m assuming) the use of one fabric range.
assymetrical Gypsy-Breeze-Quilt by Phyllis Dobbs on quiltinggallery dot com

It was time to draw up a rough plan. I did one on graph paper, then I duplicated it in Microsoft Paint so that I could try out tones/colours. I don’t know why Paint decided to change many of my lines to red when I tried to colour a block but that's okay – its just a guide!
Canary on a Pinwheel plan Canary on a Pinwheel

You can see how Phyllis Dodd’s’ “Gypsy Breeze” influenced my plan. I, too, intend to use a limited colour palette of clear blue, red, yellow and green – no muddy colours here. The fabrics will mostly be tone-on-tone or semi-solids – I think the idea is busy enough without fussy patterns getting in the way! I’m not sure what my background fabric (shown here in pink) will be; I have to use something that is on hand so I will make the blocks, probably more than I need, first then find a background fabric that works.

And now, dear friends, it’s time to cut and sew some flying geese blocks!
See you with another post on Friday.


  1. Very inspiring shots! I always depend on the rough drawing to help me envision my quilt! I'm almost done with the top to the orphan quilt blocks ...the flower basket top. I'm making progress anyway!

  2. Looks like a plan. It's going to a fun quilt.

  3. looks like a great plan. great way to try a little of this and a little of that. I am up to my nose in Christmas projects at the moment. centerpieces and favors for our Association party and still making purse for niece. have lap quilts to finish for brothers and table runner........need one of Santa;s elves for sure! Keep going girlfriend! I am with you in spirit until I can play with my relaxing robin again......

  4. Looks like a fun quilt! You need Electric Quilt 7. You'd love it:) So much easier than using paint to doodle quilts.


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