After piecing my Flying Geese Mini Quilt, I had to set it aside for a bit because my parents were out for a visit. I still had fun in my studio, though, and helped my mom piece a baby quilt top while she was here.
I raided my print stash (yes, they are small bins, but they have a lot of fun things in them anyway), and I picked out a remnant of a Tula Pink widebacking print to use for the back of the mini quilt. And I also opted for a Tula Pink stripe for the binding. I also looked through my batting scraps and found a piece that was *barely* big enough to use for the mini, as you can see by how little of the batting extends beyond the quilt top in my photo above. I did use safety pins to secure the batting to the backing outside of the quilt top and that helped keep things in place while I was quilting. Normally I would want a bit more margin than this, but I made it work this time.
I used my walking foot to quilt a 1″ spaced spiral starting at the center of the flying geese spiral. I used 50wt Aurifil 2588 (Light Magenta) for the quilting.
I cut the binding into 2¼” strips and sewed it on to the front of the quilt using a true ¼” seam allowance. Note that to keep the points of the flying geese, I trimmed the mini quilt to have between ¼” and ⅜” from the edge of the points when squaring up the quilt after quilting. And for the most part, I think I succeeded in maintaining the points around the perimeter of the mini quilt.
The 22″ wide by 24″ high mini quilt didn’t take long to hand bind. All in all, I’m really happy with how the mini quilt came together. And if you’re curious, the Flying Geese Mini Quilt Tutorial gives all the details on how you can make your own version, too!