Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tokyo's Triangles ... it begins

I've long admired people who can accept the fact that some projects are just meant to be long-term projects and enjoy working on them a little at a time, over a long course of time ... projects that are more about the journey than about getting something done.

A great example of this is Anina's Dear Baby Jane project, which I love to follow every step of the way (but haven't joined, because of all of those miniscule pieces and freezer paper and paper piecing and applique and other crazy things that I'm just not ready to mess with yet).

But when I saw that Sarah and Amanda Jean were both starting to work on a long-term project and had set up a Flickr group to encourage others to do the same, I was all in. The group is called Tokyo's Triangles because the project is based on an amazing quilt that was featured at the Tokyo International Quilt Festival. The quilt is made up entirely of flying geese, but some of them are tall & skinny while others are short & fat, resulting in a beautiful forest-like effect.

Inspiration quilt can be seen here. The group can be found here. Come join us!

Here are my first 48 triangles. I used the tutorial that Amanda Jean recommended and was truly surprised at how quickly I was able to make so many pieces.

All of the fabrics you see here are scraps from other projects that either my wife or I completed. I've been busy going through all of our old fabrics and cutting them into 5.25" squares for this project. I've decided that I won't buy a single fabric for this (except for the white), and it will be the ultimate stashbuster.

22 comments:

  1. that is my very fave way of construction flying geese - i even have the lazy girl ruler....

    however, i'm more fond of them as a part of a star and not by themselves....

    have fun with your stashbuster....

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  2. I love what you have done so far! Beautiful and you are using scraps, how great is that! I can't wait to see how you finish...

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  3. gorgeous! What a fun stash busting project!

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  4. It is going to be amazing. I am so excited to watch this progress!

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  5. love these triangles, this is going to be a great quilt

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  6. Looking good. Are you going to make any of the tall skinny ones?

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  7. A true stashbuster! Looks great - I don't have the patience or space to take on a long term project yet. All in due time :)

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  8. Ok so where does this end - how many of these will you be making? what size quilt do you have in mind. Will you be doing various size flying geese - it looks like the original has a lot of variety in shape and size.

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  9. woo-hoo! they look great! I need to get back to that project. your photos are a great motivator. thank you!

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  10. I am like the others how big will this quilt be and how are you going to do the tall skinny ones? I think I am going to join in on this one. I love triangles and I have all them plaid fabric I've been looking for something to do with. I am going to add a background and make it work.

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  11. Hi John! I found your blog today and was blown away by the lovely Tokio Triangles quilt... never seen flying geese like those before and love them!I'm looking forward to seeing it finished!

    nice to meet you!

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  12. LOL! That is just how I feel about Dear Jane too!! I love it, but I am afraid to try it! Maybe after the sew connected 2 is done, we can see how we feel about it?! Your flying geese are beautiful! I love the rainbow-effect you are creating. I made my flying geese that way too, only way I can sew them to be honest... LOL!

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  13. Come join us on Dear Jane! She's a lot of fun. I'm really tempted to join in the Tokyo's Triangles group but "so much to do, so little time...".

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  14. I think I have been cooerced into doing this. Lets see if I can add another long term project to my pile along with the postage stamp quilt im collecting for. HAHA! Have you figured the numbers you will need? tall and short?

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  15. It looks great! I'm going to check out the tutorial. I like how the white sets off all the colorful fabrics!

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  16. Just found your blog via a comment you left somewhere...(i'm tripping around links that i've never seen before)Great projects you've been doing!
    I love the fabric choices you have made for the flying geese. It will be a lovely quilt.

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  17. Glad my tutorial is useful! Maybe I should think about doing another one of these days!! Love your geese. I should really do another flying geese project one of these days!

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  18. Beautiful, I love the colours!! Can't wait to see how it progresses.

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  19. Wow - that is a lovely quilt
    This looks like a great on-going project ( and I have a few of those going on! LOL!)
    It's always nice to see stashbusters in progress too

    I'm sorely tempted by this one

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  20. Okay, I love this! Every time you sit down to sew, make four - throw them in a box! Pretty soon you have oodles of them. My question is how do you figure out the sizing of the tall ones? I'd like to see a few ( maybe three) real tall ones, maybe two tall and three wide. Are there instructions for the tall ones? Thanks. N
    Nanscape47@gmail.com

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