I decided that this month I would pick a project that would help me get over my fear of sewing flying geese! I sewed them for the first time last year as part of the Simple Sampler Quilt Along and it didn’t go well, they ended up almost an inch smaller than they should have been and I didn’t enjoy making them. But rather than never make them again I thought it was best to make more and figure out how to do it properly.

I had a good browse through their patterns and came across these Villa Rosa Patterns which I haven’t seen before. They are very affordable (£2.99 each) and come as postcards so save on storage space. I chose the Lone Island Star Cushion Quilting Pattern which features several flying geese. Being a postcard you don’t get hugely detailed instructions, I guess you can say they are concise. But there is enough information there to be able to make the project.

I picked some pretty Timeless Treasure’s Fabrics which had a bit of metallic gold sparkle to them for the main fabrics (like a magpie I can’t resist sparkles!) I went for the Painter’s Canvas for the background fabric being as it has an interesting texture but doesn’t dominate the main prints. Sadly I didn’t realise that these fabrics don’t photograph well, it looks much more vibrant and sparkly in real life that in the pictures here.

Flying geese do require quite a few pieces of fabric. It took me about an hour to cut and press all the fabrics ready to start. I decided that the best way to tackle the flying geese was to batch them. Part of what put me off the first time was that they took quite a while to make with lots of cutting and pressing. So by splitting it over a couple of days, and batching them I was hoping it would feel like less work.

So this time I did all the blue geese first. Sewing one side of each goose and then trimming and pressing them all in one go. Then I stitched on the other side of each, trimmed and pressed them in one go. I then pieced the blue blocks in full and pressed and left the orange ones for another sewing session.

The next day I did the same with all the orange blocks, working on them as a batch and then joined the 4 blocks I had made together to make the cushion front. It did feel easier than the first time I did flying geese.

I overlaid the finished cushion top on my cushion pad and realised it was a little too small. So using some of the left over background fabric I added a little border. I then realised had totally forgotten to order fabric to back the cushion! I rummaged in my stash and found a matching fat quarter to make the envelope back.

It seemed a shame to waste all the triangles I cut off the flying geese so I made a mat for my new sewing machine using all the offcuts and left over fabric. I pieced them together in pairs to make triangles, added a rectangle to the bottom of each triangle and then added borders around the outside. I did some orange free motion squiggles on it and use the blue glittery fabric to bind it. So I got two projects for the price of one. I love a scrap busting project!