Monday, February 13, 2012

Dizzy Geese

The LallyQuilters and I recently started a new 'project' we  call 'One Block Wonders'.   We pick a quilt block that appeals to us, or has a technique that we want to learn and all the participants make one block. This gives us a chance to make a block, learn from the experience, but not be bogged down or obligated to make a whole bunch of blocks. ONE block is do-able for just about everyone.  Everyone who made a block then has their name tossed into a hat & a winner is selected.  What do they win?  They will ALL the blocks for that One Block Wonder project.  Sounds like fun to me!  
I submitted a complicated, but beautiful quilt block for our first OBW project. I stumbled on this block on a blog & just loved it. It's called Dizzy Geese....named for the flying geese units 'flying' round the center block. After a little research, I found the block's pattern available in 2 books. One of these books was available at my local library, the other for less than $5.00 on Amazon. I scanned the pattern, instructions, and templates at work, and emailed them on a PDF file to the Lallyquilters. Everyone was excited about this project and eager to begin. We've had quite a few stumbling blocks along the way, but I'm happy to say I finally got my block done today. Wahoo!   While my block far from perfect, it was a great learning experience and a great challenge.

Center square

Adding the corners on.

Next section C+ D

A/B section (Center section) + C/D section.
Now for some flying geese units...

Finally got the block all squared up to 17 1/2" . This was a challenge!

Ooops! Do you see the error?
One set of my flying geese are trying to escape!
Sneaky geese!

Finished Dizzy Geese in plaid block.


Nita said...

I've been looking for this block everywhere! Would you be willing to share the pattern? I can't read all your measurements o your tutorial. Love your block!


Donna Mc said...

Hi Nita,
I'm be happy to share it with you. I'll dig around & find the book.
But let me warn you, it's a booger to make. I don't know why, but everyone within my online quilting group ended up with a different size block & blocks with issues. I really wanted to make an entire quilt with this block, but after the rocky experience with this one block, I stepped away. My home email is drop me an email & I'll send you a copy/scan of the pattern.
Donna Mc

Sarah Souza said...

Hello Donna
I'm from Brazil and I liked this block.
It's interesting.
I looking for instructions to do it, but I only find your blog.
Can you share this pattern with me?
I really apreciate it.

Anonymous said...

This is my dream quilt, but after getting the pattern and reading the instructions with scants and challenges, I decided to just admire other peoples work. Quilting is often frustrating enough, and I can't relax enough to tackle this. Thanks for the does make it seem a bit easier.

Vivian Lee

khp said...

I would love to have a copy of this pattern.

Donna Forrest said...

Followed a Facebook posting to here for a Free Quilt tutorial :-/ Please send the pattern and instructions if possible. I sure can't make it from what I found here lol ;-)

P Whitehill said...

Hello - if you still have the Dizzy Geese pattern, I would love it! If you could send it to me at, that would be appreciated. It is so unusual!

Unknown said...

I would like to know if you could send me through the dizzy geese pattern please.
Thank you