Project Quilting 2021.1

I hemmed and hawed all week about whether I was going to do something for this week’s challenge: Challenge 1 – Illuminating + Ultimate Gray. I was trying to explain to my husband what Pantone is and what they do. If you want to know more about it, here is a link to Pantone’s own explanation.

For me, I wanted to try something new. For 2021 I am trying things that I have put off trying. So I picked 2 fabrics I loved; one a yellow and gray with strips of newsprint and another with triangles. Playing with improv triangles was my goal and I would use strips and other pieces as needed to fill in the piece.

I made a few triangles and strips and then decided I wanted some curvy flying geese. I didn’t have a lot of fabric, made a quick pattern in Electric Quilt 8* with the swath tool. I’ll make a little tutorial on how to make this in EQ8 for my Tips/Tutorials on the 22nd! Meanwhile, if you want to play here is a sheet of some of what I drew.

I plugged in my new BSR and made a little triangle quilting motif and it was done! Maybe 3 hours of work, but a lot of cogitating in the background.

And for the finish I did a facing with corner triangles…see my tutorial here. And, a little label in the top corner. That is all folks, gotta get this post up before the carriage turns into a pumpkin! I also linked up to my favorite DrEAMi linky party – drop everything and make it – which is what I did!

Trying Triangles
9″ x 11″
Project Quilting 2021 12.1 Challenge
Aurifil #2612 for piecing and quilting

Coming up on the Blog: 
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd
TGIFF 1/28-29-30
My Cousin’s Quilt
Stripes 2/24

Linking up:
Project Quilting
The Clever Chameleon Color Party
Wednesday Wait Loss
Midweek Makers
DrEAMi #48

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  1. January 10, 2021 / 12:49 PM

    Hi Kathleen! Nice job meeting the challenge colors and I adore the gray triangles backing the paper pieced triangles. Now you get a week off before the next challenge is released, I think. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. January 10, 2021 / 12:50 PM

    This is such a happy little piece! Ok, swath tool – I seriously need to learn EQ8 this year.

  3. January 10, 2021 / 3:59 PM

    Oh this is so neat! I love the improv and the fabrics and the stitching.

  4. January 10, 2021 / 4:22 PM

    Great improv piece Kathleen. I’m beginning to think I need a new computer to be able to get EQ8! You do such wonderful things with it!

  5. January 10, 2021 / 4:47 PM

    Congrats on this PQ12.1 improv geese finish, Kathleen! Are those corner triangles on the back for hanging the piece any which direction? I meant to add those to my own entry. Realized I’d forgotten them just as I was finishing the binding! :o((

    Regarding your short and sweet post… I’ve been known to release a rather bare bones post with minimal verbiage and a finished picture. Once I’ve linked up with Project QUILTING, I update the post with more details. Something to consider, if you find yourself racing the deadline, again.

  6. January 10, 2021 / 11:50 PM

    Very cute. I also did a Challenge project, and also love the two Pantone Colors of the Year.

  7. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
    January 11, 2021 / 8:37 AM

    Ha! I didn’t even know Swath Tool was a thing in EQ8….I’ve got so much to learn! 🙂 That yellow fabric with the newsprint is just the perfect print. I never think of yellow as a color that I like all that much but recently I’m loving all the yellow things. Your piece looks so good!

  8. Chrisknits
    January 11, 2021 / 8:58 AM

    Cute piece! I did the challenge for the first time, lots of fun! Eagerly await your EQ8 Tut.

  9. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    January 11, 2021 / 10:21 AM

    This is so cute, Kathleen! I joined Kari’s EQ8 lessons and look forward to learning more than the basics I use. I have looked at the swath tool but never tried it! I’ve always wondered how those curved flying geese were made and now I know it’s my non-favorite paper piecing! However, I may have to try it again with something like this! Love it!

  10. January 11, 2021 / 5:33 PM

    Love how you are doing what YOU want to do! This challenge is perfect!

  11. January 11, 2021 / 6:44 PM

    I will have to search this Pantone out…I love hearing your thought process and the yellow and grey are fabulous.

  12. Nancy Bekedam
    January 12, 2021 / 8:27 AM

    All kinds of nifty processes going on in this fun little piece–flying geese, facing w/label, FMQ triangles, fav fabrics, deadline! Great job getting it done for PQ!

  13. thedarlingdogwood
    January 13, 2021 / 12:03 PM

    I love this mini! I know it doesn’t look anything like a school bus but I see buses on a cloudy day anyway-funny how associations to images work! That piecing looks tiny!

  14. January 14, 2021 / 2:18 PM

    I loved this when I saw it on Instagram. Such a fun piece. I like how you do the triangles with a facing…I am mystified so will check out your tutorial!

  15. inquiringquilter
    January 18, 2021 / 9:29 PM

    Great idea to try something new! Those flying geese seem fun. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  16. Vicki in MN
    January 20, 2021 / 8:35 PM

    That swath tool is kinda neat isn’t it. I used it once for an IB challenge. I like what you created, you had your creative hat on;)

  17. January 24, 2021 / 3:04 PM

    I love this! Thanks for the tutorial on the swath tool!

  18. January 27, 2021 / 8:00 PM

    Hi Kathleen, what a lovely mini for the first challenge of Project Quilting. The fabrics and the techniques really worked well. I love the triangle FMQ design. Thanks so much for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks. Take care.

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