South means flying geese to me. I have always loved the fall. The honking of geese and their graceful formation always amazes and delights me when I hear them overhead. One time we were traveling back from Santa Fe and for miles and miles on our route to Lubbock we saw hundreds of geese flying in to rest for the night. It was such a joy.
I originally thought I would use fall colors for the landscape, but the more I thought about it and worked with fabrics, I liked the thought of the pastel colors of sunset. The geese became the bright fall colors.
I have admired Judy Dales and Caryl Bryer Fallert and their curved piecing. Judy Dales did a lot with pastel soft colors and sail boats that have always intrigued me. Caryl Bryer Fallert has used the flying geese in such graceful ways that I have always wanted to do some myself.
This was my first attempt at making a pattern with the flying geese paper pieced into the block. It wasn't difficult, but it was hard to cut away the area to put the flying geese after I had so nicely pieced the background. I did reverse applique so that the bulk of the flying geese set wouldn't have to be turned under.I continue to use the fused and "pinked" strip of fabric for my binding. Fast fun and not bulky.