I started playing with leftovers from the plaid circles quilt. Good old scraps...it's like "gateway" piecing, which is exactly what I needed.
Inspired by a flying geese quilt I'd seen on Pinterest, which linked to a tutorial for "Geese on a String" on Quiltville, I cut triangles from my already string-pieced scraps.
A little while later, I had a few geese made and started playing with layouts on the cutting table. They look brighter than this in real life, and the background is less ashtray-esque.
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Thank you for your comments on What to do about Old Poly. After thinking about it, I decided to leave the quilt top as is. I began to see that this quilt was a testament to my grandmother's perseverance, that she found a way to continue doing what she loved to do despite failing eyesight and other challenges.
I also love that her quilts were wonky before wonky was cool!
The textured yellow double-knit is my favorite fabric of the entire quilt.
I washed it on the gentle cycle and tumble dried it. One thing about polyester, it launders like a dream. All the surface stains came out and the colors were once again bright as the day they came off the bolt forty-some years ago. I repaired one seam that had separated, and just that little bit of hand sewing renewed my respect for anyone who hand pieces an entire quilt. Now I'll tuck it back away until the next time I need a little inspiration from Grandma.
That reminds me, did you see Bill Volckening's post about his polyester quilts coming to QuiltCon? He's got a good sampling of double-knit eye candy over at Wonkyworld.
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In case you missed it, my Thoroughly Modern Lily quilt pattern is currently available free. Click back one (or click here) for details!