DWMonday ~ Gee’s Bend…or Not…

Several years ago, I found this quilt kit at a store called Tuesday Morning.  You know I couldn’t leave it there! Even though, I was not going to make this quilt. It would only ever look like a poor copy of a Gee’s Bend quilt to me.

These are the fabrics that came in the kit. They are gorgeous!

I am not totally clear on where I am headed with this yet. But I cut some triangles before I left town.

And pieced a few geese to get started.

I think I am going to have a lot of fun playing with this!

Have a great day.

Linking up with Em’s Scrap BagLove Laugh QuiltCooking Up QuiltsPatchwork Times

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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20 Responses to DWMonday ~ Gee’s Bend…or Not…

  1. Luann says:

    Katy,
    I think those colors are going to make a great quilt.
    I do have a question though. When you gather fabrics together, or purchase a quilt kit, I notice that you often cut ‘shapes’ before you tell us you have a plan. Do you have an idea in mind? How do you decide on how many ‘shapes’ and which units you are going to use? I thought you were going for HSTs when I first saw your pan of pieces, but then I was pleasantly surprised by the flying geese units.
    And a bigger question, when you are done with a project do you ‘process’ the remaining fabric into squares, triangles, rectangles, etc? I’ve recently been trying to get ahead of having a scrap basket filled with wrinkled pieces. I want to get them into useable sizes and keep them wrinkle free if possible. Any suggestions?
    This questions might need to be blog posts in themselves,,,
    Keeping your entire family of people and fur babies in my prayers,
    Luann

  2. Sandra B says:

    Love those fabrics, Katy! Looking forward to seeing what you do with them….I love flying geese, and I am curious if they will stay flying geese, or if they are just units for a totally different block pattern….maybe a star block? Just wondering….

  3. VERY pleased that you are simply using the fabrics and not making what might look like “a poor copy of a Gee’s Bend quilt” — I remember when those kits came out and how odd/disconcerting it was to see such original freeform work in kit/pattern form.

  4. Judy says:

    I have bought several kits just for the fabric 🙂 This fabric looks so yummy! I can’t wait to see what you turn them into!

  5. Jayne says:

    The colors will make something amazing! Geese are always a great choice. Looking forward to seeing how those triangles end up!

  6. What gorgeous fabrics – it’s going to be a gorgeous quilt!

  7. Kathi Riemer says:

    I love those fabrics! What a fun project.

  8. Louise says:

    These kits representing the Gees Bend quilters also appeared at our Tuesday Morning store.
    Purchased two of them since the price was so good.

  9. Jan O says:

    Beautiful color palette, and I’m glad you’re using it for your own design rather than the kit’s copy of a Gee’s Bend quilt. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  10. Ariane says:

    I love the colours. Can’t wait to see the progress on this one.

  11. lois92346 says:

    I echo all of Luann’s questions. Could you please cc me when you respond to her?

  12. piecefulwendy says:

    Oh — you’re up to something again! I can’t wait to see it. I love Gee’s Bend quilts, so curious to see where you are going with this!

  13. Bonnie in Va says:

    Clever you for buying specifically for the fabric, not the pattern. And, thanks for the reminder I should be checking out my local Tuesday Morning store. I’ve bought cute fat quarter packs there but haven’t been into one for over a year, maybe two. Have fun exploring your design.

  14. AnnieO says:

    I was baffled by kits for Gee’s Bend quilts–how can you give instructions for improv quilting? But wish I had snagged one like you! gorgeous

  15. Kate says:

    The colors are gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing where you end up.

  16. beth shibley says:

    Those fabrics are lovely! Thanks for linking up.

  17. Vivian says:

    I have made one of these kits (although not this particular one) and want to give one caution: the fabrics in it are gorgeous (and I’ve already used the leftovers in other projects) but they are also hand-dyed. My kit had red, cream, dark blue, black and brown fabric in it so I did something I don’t normally do — I pre-washed them. I was glad I did because the red did discharge a lot of dye and took a few washings with Color Catchers to finally settle. I believe the black, blue and brown did too but to a lesser extent.

    So I’d suggest testing the colorfastness of the fabrics using a few of your cut pieces before putting your design together or (if that’s already done by the time you read this) before you wash the finished quilt so you don’t have any unpleasant surprises down the road or can take action to control any potential issues.

  18. Those are really pretty colors. It looks like you’re on track to make something beautiful!

  19. Patricia says:

    What a find! I’m sure whatever you chose to make will be beautiful! Beautiful flying geese!

  20. Ring says:

    wow! I love what you’re doing with those fabrics 🙂 so simple but really effective!!

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