July 16, 2020

Flying Together - Designer Shop Hop

It's my day to share my block for the Moving Forward designer's shop hop! This week 10 designers are each sharing a 12" block, plus a layout that uses all of the blocks. So that's 10 free (for now) blocks and 10 possible layouts! The theme for the hop is "Moving Forward - separate, but together, inspired by quarantine." Immediately when I read the theme, I thought of flying geese blocks. Traditionally, though, flying geese blocks are connected to each other. I separated them, giving them all a bit of space, but kept them all moving in the same direction. Here is my Flying Together block. You can download the pattern here.
Flying Together 12" quilt block | DevotedQuilter.com
This is what the block looked like when I originally drew it in EQ8: 
Flying Together 12" quilt block | DevotedQuilter.com
I had all intentions of making it with ALL the colours, just as it's shown, until I pulled out my scraps and the blue and teal ones were right on top. They started singing their siren song and I just couldn't resist. So I went back to EQ8, coloured the whole block with blues and teals and then tiled them together to make a whole quilt. I loved it! No surprise there, if you know me at all 😊

I have 6 blocks made so far. I'm trying to keep a bit of balance between the blues and teals and I'm making sure no fabric repeats in a given block, though there are plenty of repeats spread throughout the blocks. I'll need 30 blocks for the quilt I have in mind, so it will be easy enough to spread out the repeat fabrics.
Flying Together 12" quilt block | DevotedQuilter.com
I have white solid fabric from at least three different manufacturers in my stash and scraps and I'm not worrying at all about combining them. Though there are subtle differences between them, they all read as white, so I'm okay with the variations. Plus, it's a scrap quilt, so scrappiness in the background is a good thing.

When it came time to create my layout with all 10 blocks from the hop, I wanted the quilt to be bigger than just 10 blocks, so I used multiples of most of the blocks plus sashing and plain blocks. The quilt would finish at 60" x 68". I created the layout first in greyscale, so I could concentrate on balancing the shapes, rather than worrying about colours.
Sampler quilt layout | DevotedQuilter.com
Greyscale isn't very exciting, though, is it? Blues, teals and a pop of magenta make it much more interesting!
Sampler quilt layout | DevotedQuilter.com
If you wanted to make this layout, the sashing is cut at 2 1/2" and there are two 12 1/2" plain squares and four 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles, along with the blocks.

All of the blocks are free from now through July 18th, then they will be $2 each. Visit each designer to get the pattern for their block. Don't forget to download your copy of Flying Together, too!

July 13 Tamarinis                    https://www.tamarinis.com
July 13 Laura Piland               https://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/
July 14 Sherry Shish              https://poweredbyquilting.com
July 14 Amy Friend                 https://www.duringquiettime.com/
July 15 Kate Colleran             https://seamslikeadream.shop
July 15 Becky Jorgensen       https://patchworkposse.com
July 16  Leanne Parsons        https://www.devotedquilter.com   
July 16 Patti Carey                 https://pattispatchwork.com/
July 17 Swan Sheridan          https://www.swanamity.com     
July 17 Cherry Guidry            https://www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/  

Happy shop hopping and sewing!
Flying Together 12" quilt block | DevotedQuilter.com

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  1. Thank you for this pattern. I am hoping to get a spot at the QUILTVILLE INN next year. This pattern reminds me of the Blue Ridge Mountains where it is located. I hope to make it there.

  2. Love this pattern Leanne! You're right, it will make a beautiful quilt used by itself. Thanks for the pattern!

  3. I sure like that your geese are floating. It gives so much more interest to each one. The overall design is great, and I think it's very generous of everyone to share a pattern like this. Good work!

  4. That design and it's inspiration are perfect for "this time" that we're all muddling through! It's definitely a keeper and I saw a few others that I'd love to make.

  5. Flying Together is the perfect name for your block! Near enough to be part of the flock, but keeping that all-important social distance. So glad you went with the blues and teals as is so soothing...something much needed in this time. I love it!

  6. Thank you for the pattern. I think the name is perfect and I like the way the geese are social distancing (minus face masks). Your layout is very nice and yes, the color layout is so much more interesting than the grey scale. Thanks again.

  7. Great block. You do love blue. ☺

  8. I LOVE flying geese! Thank you for a beautiful block in my favorite colors. It makes a great layout the way you did it.

  9. So pretty. I love your blocks and your layout.


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