Flying Geese by Scott Flanagan   “Electric Quilt is an invaluable resource in my studio when creating and designing.” – Quiltmaker Magazine featured designer, Scott Flanagan (March/April 2016 issue)

We love to find EQ-designed quilts in magazines!! Read about how EQ user, Scott Flanagan, created his Flying Geese quilt:

“Flying Geese is one of my favorite blocks to make. However normally you find them in straight rows and I wanted to play with getting the geese to fly in circles. I looked through EQ7, BlockBase, and a couple of block books to find a basic Flying Geese block to start with. After much playing on EQ and on scratch paper I found out the 12” block I was working with wasn’t big enough and ended up working with an 18” block instead. From there I started playing with EasyDraw until I came up with a block that gave me the geese flying in a circle. Then, it was time to play with the color placement and setting of the blocks. After setting the blocks into an on-point layout I found an unexpected secondary design of the pinwheels that form in between the circles of geese.”

Flying Geese by Scott Flanagan

How I go about designing a quilt:

  1. When designing I try to figure out a theme or certain block (or set of blocks) that I would like to use in order to incorporate all skill levels and techniques. These ideas will get noted and sketched out on paper.
  2. Once I have sketched out ideas on scratch paper I move to EQ7 to help in figuring out the design and placement of the blocks. It isn’t uncommon for me to have over 20 different layouts  and 30-40 blocks saved in my Sketchbook.
  3. After getting the layout figured out I will start coloring the quilt. I use a very basic color pallete for all my designing and don’t worry about what fabric I will actually use at this point. Scott Flanagan
  4. It is then time to start the project notebook. A large quilt image gets printed for the cover then all block and settings instructions get printed.
  5. At this point a LOT of sticky notes get used in labeling fabric cuts, making pattern notes, cutting suggestions/revisions, square up points, pressing directions. Sticky notes are a staple in my studio and are all over the place!
  6. Once I have the sample created and the rough directions figured out, I write the actual pattern. Depending on the project I will make test blocks or another whole quilt to make sure everything works out as planned.

- Scott Flanagan

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