Splendid Sampler block 58 - Homeward Bound

The Splendid Sampler is a year long quilt along hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, where over 80 designers have created a quilt block to share for this 100 block sampler.  Block #58 was designed by me and I am so happy to share it with you today.
You can find all the previous blocks and details of the sampler over on the The Splendid Sampler website.  There is also a very active Facebook group with over 22k members!
For those who are new here, I am a little obsessed with flying geese.  So much so, that the majority of my patterns feature them.  So no surprises that block #58 does too.

Splendid Sampler block #58 - Homeward Bound

Splendid Sampler block #58 - Homeward Bound

My paper piecing tips:
  • If you are new to foundation paper piecing I have a free PDF tutorial here for a goose filled pincushion.  You can also find tutorials in the techniques section on the Splendid Sampler page here.
  • To make my block beginner friendly I have made all strips bigger than they need to be.  I will take a bit of fabric waste over trying to rip tiny stitches out every time.  If you want to cut down on the waste, you can take at least 1/2" off all of the strip lengths.

  • Use cheap printer paper and always check to see if the template has printed out at the correct size.
  • Reduce your stitch length (I reduce mine to between 1.5 and 1.8).
  • Press with an iron after every seam.  I set my mini ironing board up next to my sewing machine, so that I only have to swivel round in my chair to press my blocks.
  • I use scissors to trim the seams back to 1/4" after sewing each section (Not to trim the block - I use a rotary cutter and ruler for this to ensure accuracy).  Doing this speeds up the process quite a lot. Nobody is going to be looking at the back of the block and as long as you have roughly a 1/4" seam allowance, you are good to go.
  • My last tip I learnt from fellow designer Janice Ryan (Better off thread) a few years ago.  After removing the paper (gently) from the back of your block, lay it over a couple of layers of wadding and give it a final press.  Those little geese pop up a treat!
I had very good intentions of joining in with making all the blocks, which didn't quite come to fruition.  I did however, turn my tester blocks into a new cushion, because one can never have too many cushions (although if you ask my husband he would disagree...vehemently!).

I used solids and my favourite Moda print for the background and quilted a crosshatch design with my ever faithful 50wt Aurifil in light grey (2600).

Cushion and pincushion quilted with Aurifil #2600 - the perfect blender thread!

And because I can never resist shrinking my patterns, I also made a new pincushion...
Homeward bound block scaled to 50%
Big thanks to Pat and Jane for asking me to join in the fun.  I hope you all enjoy making my block and I can't wait to see all the pretty versions popping up.  
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