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Apr 14, 2011

Circle of Geese - Taming the Flock

Apr 14, 2011
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I went head to head with the Circle of Geese block this week for Brooke's month of the {Sew} Beautiful Bee.  Paper piecing - a brand new technique for me.  Strings don't count in my book.  Thankgoodness Beth did a demo at the last CMQG meeting....that little preview was very helpful (Thanks Beth!).


It was definitely a challenge.  I left my first sewing session with the geese defeated.  I threw in the towel about halfway through my first block.  I didn't press well enough on my first seam, so it produced a wrinkle when I sewed the next piece.  But I kept on going.  Then there was the gaping hole on piece 3.  Keep going....  I finally stopped when I realized the selvage was definitely on the 3rd goose.

  I went and reread what the other ladies of the bee were saying, and it seemed a pretty common theme:  SLOW DOWN.  

If you take your time and really think about the placement of each piece, it really starts to click.  By the third block, it was no problem!  I would recommend starting out on something a little more basic though if you've never paper pieced before to save you some frustration.  Or at least, if I'd had time, I would have tried something more basic to understand the concept before just jumping into the Circle of Geese block.  But you guys know me right?  (Don't read or do research, just jump in.  Yeah, gets me in trouble sometimes!)

Overall, I am SO glad to be a part of this bee.  In just a few months, I've been pushed out of my comfort zone and have learned new techniques.  The {Sew} Beautiful ladies are so talented, and I love that we are all challenging ourselves with these blocks.  Exactly what I'd hoped for in a bee!


I forgot to post this bee block last month.  It was made for Elizabeth (our Bee Mama).  Another new block for me!

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11 comments:

  1. i love these blocks, it's definitely on my to-do list. I'm currently doing a paper piece similar to this and had the same issues! It definitely takes some thought and care when you do these. Yours looks awesome!

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  2. Yep, you and I have so much in common with the whole jump right in philosophy!! Sometimes it can be tricky to slow down, but it sure does work sometimes :) Your block turned out fantastic, both this month and your block for me, too! Thank you!! I'm so glad you're enjoying our bee, I am too :)

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  3. Those two blocks are beautiful. I really like the circling geese.

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  4. Good for you for getting it done! I still haven't ventured into paper piecing yet.

    I do have some of the red fabric with the selvage. I love red and white florals! :)

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  5. You did such a great job on the circle of geese block, AnneMarie! I love it!

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  6. I love paper piecing love this block! Great job. Could you share where to find a copy of this block? A little trick I use when paper piecing is sometimes I mist the seam with a small amount of starch to make it nice and flat and crunchy.

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  7. Another one in agreement with the whole "jump in" philosophy. : ) There's only so much you can learn from reading about it - sometimes you just gotta do it! Your final block looks wonderful.

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  8. Your blocks look great!! I agree, paperpiecing can be tricky, but the key is to take your time, love that circle of geese block!!

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  9. Impressive! I have not paper pieced yet- a new skill to try. I made my first spiderweb block last month too.
    Love the circle of geese!

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  10. Love your circle of geese block! It's one of my faves, actually. You're right - once you slow down and really think things through, paper piecing is great.

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  11. I'm glad I was helpful! Beautiful blocks!

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