Springtime Migration

We are enjoying a very white winter here in New England. Rest assured Spring is coming! I have been working with the Island Batik Elementz Collection. This collection is very bright and cheerful.  There are modern elements such as triangles, bar lines, and arrows too! Here’s a peek at the fat quarters I received to create a quilt larger than 36″ x 36″. The colors range from black, grey, pinks, oranges, lime green, blues, yellows and combinations that are very cool! I used a blender for the background fabric. It’s the light fabric on the right in the photo below.

IMG_20171216_092006676 My quilt and table runner are simple to make and “sew” much fun too! This is my first 2-sided quilt with all Island Batik fabrics! The idea popped into my head probably because I attended a guild meeting last year in which people showed 2-sided quilts. One quilter made a much larger scale design on the back side as the design from the front. Thanks for sharing that idea, whoever you are. It certainly inspired me. This is a 2-sided quilt with a similar concept.

Here’s the front:


and here’s the back:


I started with cutting the fat quarters efficiently, so I could maximize the usage.

I love my Martelli cutter with a new blade in it.  It can accurately cut several layers at once. Below is a photo of the strips I cut to make squares for the migrating geese and strips for the bars.


This pattern requires 6 1/4″ squares for the migrating geese, 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ fabric bars for the front and 9 1/4″ squares and 3 3/4″ x 15″ fabric bars for the back.

The complete pattern is available on craftsy.com, click here:

I purchased a Studio 180 Design Migrating Geese Technique Sheet from Bonny Peters, owner of Catdenmountainquilts.com. If you would like to purchase this technique sheet, which I highly recommend, Click Here.

There are 3 reasons I really like this technique sheet:

  1. It is laminated and has 3 holes in it so I can hang it from my hook on a curtain rod in my studio. It hangs with my rulers so it is easy to find and use. You could put it into a 3-ring binder, but a binder would surely get moved several times and eventually lost in my studio. (true confession!)
  2. It has cutting instructions for 7 different size migrating geese.
  3. The photos and sewing instructions are very easy to read,understand and follow.

Thank you Studio 180 Design!



This is a scrappy quilt. I wanted to show as many of the fabrics and designs as possible. This quilt has 5 columns, 2 columns with fabrics bars 2″ x 7″ finished and 3 columns of migrating geese.


Remember that you could design your quilt with 3 columns of fabric bars and 2 columns of migrating geese if you like the geese bound by the bars.

I chose 3 columns of migrating geese because geese often migrate in a v-shape.

The back side is made from 2 columns of fabric bars 3 1/4″ x 14 1/2″ with 4″ high migrating geese along the center. This is my version of enlarging the basic design from the front of the quilt.

I had so much fun making migrating geese and using the leftover fabric bars I cut, that I made a table runner too!



Quilting these fun quilts:

This is my favorite part of the process! I reached for my Leaves Galore ruler by Sue Pelland Designs. I traced a curve and mirrored it on the top.  That was all the marking I did. Then I stitched along the curve, echoed the curve, and added some free motion feathers (because migrating birds have feathers, right?) along the outer curves.

I cut the binding for the quilt 2″ wide and used leftover fabric bars sewn on the diagonal. I folded the strip in half and machine stitched it onto the front and hand sewed the fold on the back.

For the table runner I cut my binding 1 3/8″ and stitched in onto the front and hand stitched a single fold binding onto the back. This makes the table runner lay flatter in my drawer.

This blog hop continues to Feb. 1st.  Check out all the other blogs, Island Batik fabric collections, quilts and helpful hints from all the other 2017 Island Batik Ambassadors. It’s a month of inspiration to get 2018 off to an amazingly good start!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment and perhaps a title for the table runner I made with the Island Batik Elementz collection. I will randomly pick a winner from the people who leave comments and send you all the leftover fabric I have from this collection. It’s all been washed so it will be ready to cut and sew!

Week 1 – Winter

Week of January 8

Week 2 – Spring

Week of January 15

Week 3 – Summer

Week of January 22

Week 4 – Fall

Week of January 29

‘Thanks for reading to the end.  Island Batik has a give away at the end of the blog hop too!  Here is the link: Island Batik raffle entry .


Happy Inspiring Quilting!

Linda Ramrath



About inspiredlayerslinda

I was an Island Batik Ambassador for 2017. I enjoyed the challenge of designing new quilt patterns with this very special batik fabric collections. I teach free motion quilting via my Youtube videos and Doodle of the Month program which anyone can sign up for by sending me an email requesting to be added to the list. I enjoy transforming fabric into unique quilts, t-shirts into memory quilts, and photos to wall art. I joined Toastmasters to find my voice and learn to share my quilts and stories with others.
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62 Responses to Springtime Migration

  1. Cindy says:

    I just love the colors!

  2. Anita says:

    I love your colorful quilt and table runner, it is a great idea to make the quilt double sided!
    My suggestion for a name for the table runner is ‘Flying North’, it reminds me of the geese migrating north in spring.

  3. Allison Evrard says:

    Your quilt and table runner remind me of the Snow Geese and Canada Geese we see here in fall and spring. I think I’d call the design “Formation” since the geese form up their V’s as they go.

  4. inquiringquilter says:

    Awesome design! It really shows off the beautiful batiks. I’d go with Spring Migration for the quilt name.

  5. Dawn F. says:

    This is a fun pattern. I would call it “Straight and Narrow.”

  6. tubakk says:

    What lovely quilts. I’m happy to say that I have some of those fabrics at home. I’m tempted to make that runner, and probably will need more fabric. I will call the runner Heading north.

  7. J. Warner says:

    Such a bright, happy looking quilt! With all the pretty colors, it reminds me of the “sprinkles” we love to put on cookies and cupcakes. I would call your quilt “Sprinkles”.

  8. Joyce Carter says:

    This is such a beautiful quilt, so bright and cheerful. I love the colors. Since it is so cheerful, I would call it Going Places.

  9. KJ says:

    What a pretty quilt. So nice that it is double-sided, too. More to love about it. 🙂 Thank you for the detail you put into your post and for the pattern.

  10. Verna says:

    I really like those bright colors! I’m not good at naming quilts–but I like ‘Flying North’, probably because I am ready for it to be spring!

  11. Lori Morton says:

    Love your Runner!! Colors are definitely Spring like!! (Am soooo ready for Spring here! lol) Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! 🙂 I think “Flying North” is great name…first thing I thought was “The Journey”…

  12. Christi says:

    I love the colors. How about Flying Home.

  13. Melody Lutz says:

    How about Stacked/Geese? What a HAPPY quilt!!

  14. quilterka says:

    Love the idea of double sided quilts. Hmmm, naming quilts – how about “Running Geese.”
    martisovitsd (at) central (dot) edu

  15. Janet T says:

    Nice runner. I would call it Homeward Bound. They are either flying to their southern or northern home.

  16. Angela J Short says:

    Cool table runner. Cool quilt! Have a happy day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  17. LJ says:

    Inspiring…for sure. Love the idea of double sided quilts and your idea of just upping the size was perfect. Best of luck in 2018 and getting lots of UFOs done. I sure do find UFOs to be the bane of my life – in a good way.

  18. VickiT says:

    Oh how cool. I love your quilt/runner. I honestly cannot come up with a name for your table runner as I am absolutely terrible at naming things. Heck, my own children are lucky their names aren’t 1,2 and 3, so it’s nothing against you at all.. LOL

  19. Jayne P says:

    I love these bright colours. They make a great runner

  20. dhowardvt says:

    What nice colors! And a great idea to make a 2 sided quilt. I think I would like to make a two sided table runner. I am terrible at naming things – even as a kid my dolls had very unoriginal names.

  21. Barbara says:

    Beautiful colors and beautiful runner–can’t think of a name, but I really like your pattern.

  22. Jan N. says:

    Since so many different fabric prints and bright, happy colors were used, I would call the table runner “Psychedelic Flight”. Love your quilt and your table runner. What a fabulous idea to make your quilt two-sided.

  23. Vicki in MN says:

    Linda that is such a beautiful table runner-you made me want to make one! And the fun 2 sided quilt-super awesome!

  24. annalutzbrown says:

    I love it tytyty for sharing your project… happyness04431@yahoo.com

  25. Kathy h says:

    I love those projects.i would call your runner, Flying Brightly. Just beautiful.

  26. Beth T. says:

    What a great pattern. I love batiks and this makes me want to jump up and quilt. I’d call this “Bright Migration”, maybe.

  27. pamelaquilts says:

    Fun quilt – I love that it’s two sided!

  28. Maryellen McAuliffe says:

    Love the projects. Great use of the fabrics.

  29. goonyburd says:

    I love your project! Flying Geese is one of my top 5 patterns!

  30. Judy Forkner says:

    I absolutely love your pattern–I downloaded it from Craftsy–Thanks! We have lots of Canadian Geese around here all year long. I think I’d call your table runner Honk!

  31. Vicki H says:

    Your 2-sided quilt is so so cute!! I love it. I like all the names suggested above.

  32. Brenda says:

    Love the migrating geese! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Thanks for sharing your talent as an ambassador and I wish you well in your new endeavors.

  33. Lee says:

    Love the fabric and your project!! The quilting reminds me of the wind… So maybe a good name Wind beneath their wings!

  34. rsislandcrafts says:

    I love the bright colors and how much is going on in each fabric. Your quilt and table runner are stunning. I just can’t atop looking at them. Thank you so much for offering the pattern for free. Naming things is the hardest. Maybe Flight path or landing strip? To me it looks like the geese are landing at a brightly colored landing strip.

  35. nancyangerer says:

    Love your quilt and table runner — good uses for the colors of this wonderful fabric.

  36. carolyn montgomery says:

    i love the migrating geese blocks in the quilt and the table runner is perfect for these blocks.

  37. Delaine says:

    I love your quilt! I know this isn’t a “goosey type” name, but I immediately thought of The Race Is On as a name. Thanks!

  38. Lori Smanski says:

    wow your quilt and table runner are gorgeous. I would name the table runner “Fun in the Wind” because the geese look happy in these colors and with the feather quilting it almost makes me think that they are flying in the wind.

  39. Nancy says:

    Both your quilt and table runner are gorgeous! Migration first comes to mind for a name for your runner, but since this is your last project as an Island Batik ambassador I might call it “Moving On”.
    Thanks for sharing the great giveaway !

  40. Cecilia says:

    Beautiful quilt and table runner! I like the name Heavenly Flight.

  41. TheQuilretDig says:

    What fun fabric & cute quilting! I would call the table runner ‘Stepping Geese’ because the pattern looks like footsteps to me.

  42. TheQuiltedDog says:

    Fun fabric and cute quilts! I’d call the table runner ‘Stepping Geese’ because the geese look like footsteps to me!

  43. Joan says:

    Oh my gosh…I love this. That pattern is just too cool and those batiks. You now they just add a special zing to everything! Thanks for all the info on the technique too.

  44. Deborah B. says:

    I think your quilt is lovely and the reverse side is a clever idea. I think a nice name for the table runner would be Racing Geese or Goose Race.

  45. Quilting Tangent says:

    Wonderful double sided quilt. How about ‘Heading North”?

  46. Kathy E. says:

    All of those gorgeous colors and fabrics together make an awesome looking table runner! I’d call it “Onward”….as in geese flying mightily towards their destination and YOU in heading towards yours!

  47. Janine A. says:

    I like your migrating Geese! I would call the tablerunner :Geese on the Run!(ner)

  48. usairdoll says:

    WoW! Love your quilt and table runner! The bright colors are gorgeous and so much fun! My name suggestion for the runner is ‘Geese on Summer Vacation’

    Thanks for a chance to win. Fingers crossed!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

  49. Colette says:

    Great quilt, love the quilting thanks for sharing your process.

  50. Karen A says:

    I love your 2-sided quilt. How about Onward to Spring for your table runner.

  51. Ellee says:

    Love the colors for sure.

  52. Pam S says:

    What a dramatic quilt! It’s absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing this

  53. farmquilter says:

    I really like your quilt…of course, flying geese are one of my favorite patterns! And the fabrics are so yummy!! Northern Migration would be perfect for these springy fabrics!

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  55. Marilyn says:

    Great quilt! The colors in this collection are gorgeous. I would name the quilt “The Journey Home”.

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  57. Deb M says:

    What a nice, bright table runner!

  58. Beth B says:

    Great quilt! I love the colors of the fabrics!
    My name for the quilt is Rush Hour.

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