Friday, June 07, 2013

Rainbow Migrating Geese –Tutorial

As promised a tutorial for my latest finish...the Rainbow Quilt. The daughter of a dear friend of my mom's had a baby boy in May and in my book babies = quilt. So I got to work on this little quilt..I hope she likes it!  As the mother is a school teacher I thought what better than a quilt with all the colours of the rainbow...ah yes, you bright spark at the back might notice I forgot indigo...well creative license I'm afraid as a) indigo isn't a easy colour to source and b) having 7 colours messed up the maths for a square quilt.

For a square quilt measuring finished 46" x 46"

18 geese per panel and 6 panels (colours across)

You need:

5 - 6 1/4" squares per colour (total of 30 squares) cut in half across the diagonal. (you will end up with an extra 1/2 at the end)

54 - 5 7/8" squares for background (white in my case)

3 - 3 1/2" squares in background for ends (white in my case) cut in half across the diagonal.

This method does rely on accurate cutting and sewing so take your time and the results will be worth it :o)

Take one colour triangle and match it right sides together with a square of background. Match up the corners and let the dog ears of the triangle hang over the edge. Sew 1/4" seam down the 2 legs of the triangle.

With a ruler cut the sewn unit in half across the diagonal as shown.

Carefully press open the 2 triangles creating a left and right unit.

You can start to see how they will fit together…

Repeat for all the colours.

Unpick one unit of each colour making sure they are all the same either a left or a right. (put background pieces to one side)

Starting with the triangle that you just unpicked sew to a unit (below is a video by Deb Tucker that clearly shows this step at about 4 minutes in)

You are sewing from the bottom up. Now mixing up the placement of each colour as you go sew the left and right units as shown.

Make sure to match the pointy triangles ends for accurate piecing.

When you get to the top you use the extra background piece that you had from the start to sew to one side and then the HST made from the 3 1/2" squares for the other side to square off the end.

Repeat for all the colours and sew the panels together.

Quilt as desired...in my case I did a meander in the white and left the colours to pop.

 

Bind with snazzy coloured binding!

*you can do different sizes of migrating geese...the difference between the goose and the background is the background is always 3/8" smaller

Here’s Deb Tucker’s Video (please note that Deb uses different sizes than I did and the chart she is referring to can be found on her site Studio 180 Design)  I’ve included this video just to share the method for those than might want more than pictures :o)

Until next time...♥

27 comments:

Lynda said...

That's great, Jane! What a super arrangement, and you know I can't resist scrappy designs!

The Cozy Quilter said...

That was not what I was expecting at all! I will have to try this! Thank you for sharing your instructions!

Gertie Pye said...

Great mini tutorial Jane - for a really complex-looking quilt you have made the steps look simple once you know how!

Thimbleanna said...

What a cute quilt! And I'll have to agree with the Cozy Quilter -- I was expecting a completely different construction method. Did the bias edges give you any trouble?

Ellyn said...

beautiful! thanks for the tutorial

Sheilaf said...

Love it Jane, I am going to be a Gran again, so I can see one of these in my future.
Sheila in Florida

imquilternity said...

It's such a cute quilt! Thanks so much for the great tutorial.

Caroline said...

Fantastic! I love this pattern and the tuto makes it looks so simple. Can't wait to try it out.

Ali said...

Beautiful quilt, I still think it looks complicated - but I am just a beginner.

Canadian Abroad said...

I love the quilt and I love the tute. I never in a million years would have figured it out on my own. Thanks, Jane!

Lesley said...

This quilt is beautiful. Thanks for the tips and the video...really interesting!

Katie said...

I love it! Thanks so much for sharing. I have a few quilts waiting for borders that might need this treatment. :-)

black bear cabin said...

what a wonderful gift...mom and baby are going to love it! thanks for sharing the how to steps too! its a fun quilt (and i love those orange fabrics you used) hugs and happy summer to you!

sewkalico said...

Love it!

QuilterBee said...

I love this tute!! You are sew smart, I would have never ever thought of it myself! Thank you for posting this, can't wait to make it Amie ;0)

Rx for Quilting said...

wow! I have been dying to make this rainbow geese quilt. Thanks so much for showing a very clear video on how to do this. I will be trying this tomorrow.

Jo said...

Thankyou
This quilt is very effective

YankeeQuilter said...

Love the brights in this quilt! And thanks for the tutorial...

nena said...

This is really neat looking. I want to make this at my next quilt retreat. Thank you so much for sharing!

Shasta Matova said...

This looks fabulous! Love the orange! I just finished a top from a kit and ran out of fabric for the borders. I decided to do something different for the border, and these migrating geese would love fabulous on it. Can you tell me how wide the strip turns out to be using your measurements?

Sew Create It - Jane said...

To answer Shasta Matova question...the panels should measure 7 1/2" finished. :o)

Jane said...

I just found your tutorial on Pinterest. I love this idea! Thanks for making it look so simple and fun. Can't wait to try it!

Janie said...

Thank you so much.

Nana said...

Inspired by your quilt I´m making one right now and put a link to your post. If your klicks get higher, you know why.

Nana from Germany

Klaudia said...

Ein wunderschöner Quilt...der mir sehr gefällt! Gesehen habe ich es durch Nanas Blog!

LG Klaudia

sandrine chambonniere said...

merçi pour toutes ces explications c'est magnifique

Pauline Perry said...

Wow! Your Migrating Geese quilt is wonderful - love the arrangement - thanks so much for sharing your tutorial.
Pauline
perry94022 at hotmail dot com