WiP Wednesday – NGAQB February

This month in the No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee, Andrew Joslyn gave us gents a bit of creative freedom with flying geese. I made the first block after doing lots of sketching and planning, with my concept being about imprisoned individuality in a world of sameness. I’m sure we’ve all felt like that, right? I was am so happy with it, but it turned out a quarter inch too short! (Don’t worry, I’m bribing the King with additional fabric). To balance the structure of the first block, I went and got all improv on the second! Standing back from it now, I see a story about reflection.
Read on for Andrew’s quilting journey, and the blocks I made him.
I’m Andrew Joslyn, also known as Mr. February of the #NGAQB. I grew up with an older sister and my parents and my family went back-and-forth between the Philadelphia, PA area and Tokyo, Japan.  Although more of my time was spent in the US, I always felt like Japan was a second home (maybe my “real” home?) to me. I spent 4 years of high school at the American School in Japan and they were some of the best years of my life. I am still extremely inspired by Japanese culture and art.
I owe my life of quilting to my wonderful partner, Chad. He has an addictive personality, so he’ll get stuck on something and will put all his energy into that one activity for a relatively short amount of time in an obsessive way. He usually drops that activity and moves on to a new hobby pretty quickly. But a number of years ago, Chad began knitting. He found a great group of other knitters to hang out with and he became hooked!  It’s the first time I’ve seen him stick with something for so long! He was making such beautiful knitwear and I became quite jealous. I tried my hand at knitting, but I absolutely HATED it. I mean, it made me so frustrated I just completely gave up. This didn’t really surprise me because I’ve never considered myself much of an artist or “maker.”

I didn’t want to give up on the making, though, so I started wondering whether there was something else that was more my speed. I began with sewing, just making little things like zippered pouches, coffee cup sleeves, knitting needle “roll-ups” etc. Although I enjoyed it a bit, I didn’t like the finicky work associated with this type of sewing. I somehow got it in my head that I should try making a quilt.  When I found out that my sister was pregnant in early 2010, I thought that perhaps a baby quilt for my soon-to-be niece was a good place to start. I taught myself using Alex Anderson’s “Start Quilting” and I got a lot of great help from my co-worker, who had already been quilting for a few years.
That first project was a challenge for me and I made some incredible mistakes and got extremely discouraged at numerous points in the process. Normally this means that I’ll never do that activity again, but for some reason, I was so happy with the final result, that I kind of forgot all the pain and decided to push forward with more quilting. My co-worker quickly convinced me to join a relatively new group called the “Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild.” I met some amazing quilters and made many new friends through Philly MQG and within about 1 year, I became the president of the group! I have been president now for a couple years and it is still a ton of fun. I’m presently spending quite a bit of my time organizing a modern quilting retreat in Lancaster, PA called “Mid-Atlantic MOD” with a couple other awesome quilters from the Central NJ MQG and the DC MQG.

For my month of February, I asked the boys to make me blocks of their own design that incorporate flying geese of any size and color placed in negative space composed of solid neutrals, such as creams and grays. A number of the blocks have already arrived and they are looking fabulous!  I absolutely love flying geese …
You can find me at the following places on the web (I post most frequently at Instagram). You might notice on my blog that I do a bunch of other making too, like jams/jellies, pickles, and now I’m brewing my own kombucha and hard cider!
Momotaro Makes Blog: http://momotaromakes.blogspot.com
Instagram: andrewjoslyn
Twitter: andrewjoslyn
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewjoslyn

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday! 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
I’m such a goose.

9 Responses

  1. Salley says:

    Oh I'm sure enjoyin' this adventure Molli.
    Sittin' back in my arm chair and goin' for a grand 'ol' ride.
    Those blocks and Andrew's quilt journey are a happy encounter!

  2. Vera says:

    Cool. My eyes are drawn to the bottom section of the second block where it got a bit too improv. I would say I love it if you continued with the straight lines and sharp points 🙂

  3. Kathy S. says:

    LOVE that block by Molli Sparkles! I've tried knitting… I just can't get in to it much. But quilting… That's my thing!

  4. Nilya says:

    Great post and I love this Grey flying geese block!

  5. Katy Cameron says:

    I felt a little faint at all the geese in the first block, but the second one made me feel much better :oD

  6. ~Diana says:

    You are such a "chick" tease with the NGAQB :)…glad we get to see a bit…like peeking through the draperies 🙂

  7. These blocks are great. I wish I could join the boys in this bee. You all have such great taste.

  8. jeifner says:

    What a wonderful story, love the bios. These are beautiful blocks in these neutrals with color. And I like the improv bottom with the ombré. Gives it a loose sort of wink wink, nudge nudge.

  9. Carla says:

    I'm super excited to meet Andrew at MidAtlanticMod! He seems great and I love the blocks featured here!

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