Thursday, June 2, 2016

Opposites Attract Blog Hop


Welcome to my day at the Opposites Attract Blog Hop.

As soon as Marian announced this hop, I knew just what to do.
It's been a long time, since the "moose" boys caused a little havoc...

... their back!
;-)
...with this "opposites attract" table topper.
 (approx. 18" x 29")

A few years ago I took a Gail Garber class, 
on designing curvy flying geese. 
Her classes are really fun and you learn "sew" much. 
I know it might look difficult, but with a few tools...


...she's got you on your way.


The most valuable is the flexible curve ruler.
Yes, most fabric stores carry them.


Start out by drawing a curvy shape.


From there, add in some lines


 Then pencil in all the flying "meese".
Oh, I know you think you've read this wrong, but after a very long discussion, I gave up. 
My boys are surrounded by flying "meese"!  
No dictionary recognizes the word...
But these guys insist, the plural of Moose is "Meese"
If it keeps em happy, I'll give em this one!
;-)


NOTE: I should have added a 1/4" seam to the outside of my pattern...
Now, I'll have to remember when I trim, to allow for it.
From here, just cut out the pattern and start the paper piecing.
At some point where it's convenient, just cut the pattern and allow
seam allowances on both ends, so it can be seamed back together.


With some trial and error...
I've found that for me, it's easiest to use a light weight interfacing. 
Stitch around the inside of the geese.
Turn, give it a good press, then hand applique to the background fabric.
You can see, in this photo,
the seams match up perfectly that way.

A big round of applause to Marian at "Seams to be Sew", for another fun hop. She is the glue that keeps us all together, and you know 
how much, we all love that!
Also a big thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop and to DJ Inkers for their 
generous daily give-a-ways!


You'll find entries for them, at the bottom of this post.

As for Gail Garber... she quite the inspiration.
Check out some of her works

Please visit my fellow bloggers...
and check out their opposites

June 01

June 02

June 03
MooseStash Quilting (your here)

June 06

June 07

Oh, and if you haven't seen enough...

I've been playing with editing color on my photos.


No I haven't stitched all these...


Just playing on the computer...


Oh my gosh, it's fun!


Now that's a whole bloomin' herd!






 Keep on Stitchin'


56 comments:

  1. Okay, I officially LOVE this pattern! You got me with the second one with lime and purple. The curve looks easy the way you've shown it. I have one of those my son sent me (navy gray, of course) when he was a navigator in the Navy. I'll have to dig it out. Thank you!

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  2. LOLOLOLOL, what a fun and fabulous project, I love the Meese.. great word, cool project and thank you for showing us how to do it. What a great technique. It's always fun to see what your up to..

    Thanks so much Joan for participating in Opposites Attract. Great colors and fun project.

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  3. The Meese are gorgeous; love them! Thanks for sharing the process of making the quilt.

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  4. Interesting how they come together. A beautiful project.

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  5. Thank you so much for showing us how to do such a fun and clever project! I confess that every time I need to edit my photos for my blog posts, I do the same :)

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  6. What a lovely project. Curves are not my favorite technique but your directions make them look easy. Such pretty opposite color choices. The Meese inhabit an interesting world . Thank you.

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  7. What a lovely project. Curves are not my favorite technique but your directions make them look easy. Such pretty opposite color choices. The Meese inhabit an interesting world . Thank you.

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  8. That curved and pieced border is awesome! And the moose...I mean meese...are wonderful as usual!

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  9. Well, I knew you would do a really interesting piece. I have never seen that cured ruler. I need one for...lots of things that are running through my mind right now. I like the way you played with the color scheme. Which did you like best? I think I loved that brown/turquose combo! I like the opposite color moose in your design. Not only opposite color fabric, but mirrored Moose in opposite colors. Wonderful.

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  10. Lol......you always make an interesting piece, Joan....love this one too!!!!!

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  11. LOL, great job Joan! Love those curvy geese.

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  12. Joan I have to find that curve ruler.

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  13. Oh I do love this. Thsank you for the tutorial....it will be helpful

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  14. Inspiring! Thank you for showing us how. As I read, I realize that I have all the tools. No reason not to try this technique.

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  15. Thanks for sharing how you do curves. I just may have to attempt curves.

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  16. I like your Moose and Meese! Love the tutorial too. Thanks for sharing. raydeer@memlane.com

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  17. My favorite color combo is purple and gold :)

    Your project is outstanding thanks for the tutorial on curved flying geese.

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  18. This is a great tutorial! Love all the color combos.

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  19. wow you have done a fantastic job. thanks for sharing about the ruler and how you made it.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  20. Great Moose quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  21. Love the Meese! Great job - had a workshop with Gail last year and she was fabulous!!! first workshop where I have finished up the quilt - she does gorgeous work!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I like that and love the tutorial on the curvy geese. I'll have to give those a try.

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  23. Thanks for the tutorial on how to use the flexible curve. Cute project.

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  24. What a nice herd of moose, thanks for sharing and the tutorial!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  25. Very sweet. Thanks for showing us how to use the flexible curve ruler for this purpose.

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  26. Very, very nice! I had to look it up - I think it was Mr. Jinx who said "I hate them meeses to pieces." meaning Pixie and Dixie. I hate to knitpick - is the ruler a necessary part of the flexible curve? I think I remember my mother having one for sewing when she adjusted patterns to keep the curve. I have seen them in sewing stores and never noticed that they had a ruler. Is this a mandatory feature; a nice feature; or what of the curve? Great job, my friend. I'm a "blue" girl so I love the green/blue that you concocted in playing on the computer. You would think since I was a computer program that I would take to all these computer toys. I guess I got my fill of computers at work all those years. I like to look for inspiration. Thanks, again.

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  27. I really like your "meese." Lol. Seriously though, this is a really cute project and I love that you showed how to do the curvy flying geese. I want to try it now!

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  28. Beautiful! I love it! and your technique for the meese is awesome. Thanks!

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  29. Awesome - another bucket list project for me! Love the way you used your computer to make the colors different, you are so clever ;)

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  30. Just wonderful! I have one of those flexible rulers -- this looks like a fun thing to use it for! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  31. My son would love a quilt with your boys on it! Thanks for sharing your use of the flexible ruler it makes the geese move so much more. Will have to put one on my wishlist!

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  32. You all sure make these moose look so loveable!! This is a great tutorial for creating your own "curve". Very FUN.

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  33. love that border and of course you did MEESE!! lol

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  34. Hi Joan! Love the curvy 'meese', must try that (and the moose are wonderful, as always.) Have you caught up on all the sleep you missed on retreat?

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  35. Love the moose! I am in Montana and moose would be so appropriate here. Thank you. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Like all the different colors you showed. Great project.

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  37. Like all the different colors you showed. Great project.

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  38. Ty for sharing the different color ways...Living in Maine you got to love a moose..lol happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  39. How neat. I bought one of the flexible rulers from the office supply store years ago. Haven't used it yet...now I will try.

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  40. Thanks for sharing the different color combinations.

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  41. Your quilt is so cute! Thanks for sharing about the flexible ruler. That's new to me.

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  42. I was able to take a workshop from Gail Garber this past spring. She is fantastic! Love your design.. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  43. A herd of Meese. Who would have thought!!! It does sound right so i think you should stick to it. Love the way it turned out and I also like the colourways you played with on the computer,too. Thanks for sharing your fun ideas.

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  44. I have seen this ruler before but have never seen it used. Now I want one too. Thanks for sharing your meese.

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  45. Very pretty quilt. I will have to try that ruler

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  46. You always do such a great job. Love them

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  47. so many great colours of fabric moose.

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  48. Oh, I knew you wouldn't let me down. when I saw you were in this blog hop the moose had to appear. ;P I love your creation. NICE!

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  49. Beautiful piece! And I love how it looks great in all different color ways you played with!! Great job!!!

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  50. Love the 'meese' - they are adorable! Never seen a curvy ruler like that... but I'll be watching for them now! How big is this piece? looks like about the size of a mug rug??

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  51. I love your meese, especially the colour options.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  52. I love your meese, especially the colour options.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  53. What a neat design Joan and your "meese" are the perfect addition! I have one of the flexible rulers.......somewhere....

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