geese in the corner

by Nova on April 12, 2014

Inspired by the gorgeous ‘in the clouds’ quilt  from the book ‘Modern Designs from Classic Quilts by Kelly Biscopink & Andie Johnson’ I made a more down to earth version in the form of a play mat.

geese in the corner

I used Kona Charcoal for the background with snippets of scraps & fussy cuts for the geese. It’s a gift for friends expecting identical twin boys & it was fun to pick out fabrics that the parents to be as well as the boys would enjoy.

geese in the corner 4

geese in the corner 5Backed with some scallop fabric from Spotlight

geese in the corner 2

& quilted with a mix of machine & hand stitches

geese in the corner 3

I really enjoyed making this one!

Finished size approx  60″ x 60″

The baby shower has been & gone and the play mat gifted but I had to share this recipe – my contribution to the pre-babies afternoon tea was a Lemon Meringue Cake. I reeeeeeally love to cook but rarely share recipes here, however this recipe was requested many times that afternoon so I thought I’d share it with you too :)

lemon meringue cake

If lemon is your thing then I encourage you to make this one (preferably this weekend, you won’t regret it I promise)  – it’s super easy & super scrummy! It’s a Nigella Lawson recipe from her ‘Feast’ book but you can find the recipe on her website too.  Homemade lemon curd is not essential but way yummier than shop bought & it’s not tricky. I like Ruby’s recipe, its a nice rich one using yolks only.

Happy baking!


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Katy April 12, 2014 at 8:24 am

Loving the fussy cuts, and all the negative space. Love the look of the cake too, but alas, am on a diet…


Kellie Andersen April 12, 2014 at 10:51 am

The geese look awesome against the expanse of Kona. Love the combination of hand and machine quilting, you do it so well. Lucky babies :-)


Flying Blind April 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Identical twin boys!!! Oh lordy they will need luck, it was hard enough with non-identical girls!! Super cute play-mat though.

Nice looking cake xxx


nicole - aka snips ;) April 12, 2014 at 11:05 pm

What a fantastic play mat! Your little bits of fussy cutting make the best geese! And i love the mix of machine and hand quilting. Just makes it that much more special :)


Kerry April 13, 2014 at 12:03 am

Simple and stunning quilt, I’ve made the cake before too and its pretty darn good! Super lemony


Kim H. April 13, 2014 at 12:56 am

What a great idea to use the flying geese with the charcoal for a playmat! I’m sure they’ll get lots of use out of that.
I’ve made Nigella’s lemon meringue cake for my quilt group and they really liked it! It’s a winner for sure.


Lorraine April 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

all round gorgeousness , the quilt & the cake xx


Fiona April 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm

And as the incredibly grateful recipient of both the fabulous playmat and delicious cake, I just want to reiterate how awesome they both are. Well, ‘were’ in the case of the cake, as it didn’t last long! Will you check out that cake bunting?? The playmat is even better in the flesh and the fussy cuts perfect. Love the charcoal colour too. I am so delighted and so lucky to have such a talented generous friend. She needs to post about the Nutella cake she also made!


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