Homeward Bound by True

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2015-02-27T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2015-05-02T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

I did a swap with a good family friend...she made me some beautiful fingerless mittens and I said I would make her a quilt.  NOW when I offered I thought she would tell me what colors she liked, I would pick an easy pattern and we would be all set.  Little did I know...she has had a quilt she started in the only quilting class she has ever taken (and only attempt to quilt she has ever done) in 1990 that she wanted to use as a window covering in their house.  They live right on Lake Huron, and her husband loves Canadian geese, so she wanted it to have geese and the symbolize the pine trees and water that surround them.  So she mailed me this package stuffed with how far she got (2 geese done through hand applique), her design and a bunch of pieces and drawings and pictures of geese and the ton of (ugly) fabric she had purchased.  I was totally overwhelmed and confused when first opened it up and sure I could not even figure out what she wanted.  But...she is my mother's goddaughter, and been like another daughter for her, and lives near my (91 year old) mom and has really been there for her as my sister and I both live in Maine.  So decided this was just a challenge and I would start weeding my way through it and see what I could do.  So I started asking questions about what was important, what I had license to change, etc.  So she told me her themes, size it needs to be (I am slightly panicked here as it needs to be 123" x 50" to fit window) and I had her colors based on fabric.  She also told me some of things she had wanted at time but not been able to find.

So after pondering all of this I want to LQS (which is under new ownership and finally you can tell) and the owner was so helpful.  I found two amazing batiks that were gorgeous and perfect.  One for behind the geese as well as elsewhere in quilt and another to use as background for blocks on side and flying geese border.  I also was able to find some other fabric to use instead of what she sent and then pulled some others from my stash (these are not colors I use much so did not have a lot to pull).  I also have ordered a couple fabrics from online I am hoping will work... as will need a few borders to get to needed final size (have I mentioned how intimidated that makes me...how will I quilt it???!!)  But am trying to breathe and just take it as an exciting challenge and one step at a time.  And it is not my personal style so that pushes me as well.   I worked all day yesterday and made some basic decisions and some progress.

So I figured out how to make the middle goose from the cardboard "pattern" she had made and included as well as finish one of other geese.  (She did an awesome job with these geese).  Then add fusible interfacing to ones she had done so can attach to background.  Came up with two blocks that went with flying geese border (I will be doing this paper pieced curving flying geese pattern).  One is a pine tree of the Tree of Life block to add in her pine trees (and I used green fabric she had originally purchased for quilt).  And the other is called Homeward Bound. They have a large family and felt this represented them returning to their parent's home for visits.  I will one of each on each side of quilt where she had other blocks and will use the square in a square block, with same fabric, for corner stones of flying geese border.  The flying geese will be scrappy from all the fabrics that will be used elsewhere in quilt.  Still a long way to go and lots of decisions to be made by we are off...

Update geese are fused to backing, four side blocks have been framed and put on point, worked out wh at size and type of flying geese will do and which fabrics to include and decided on fabric for thin border around center (waiting to see what need final size to be for flying geese before cut center and add thin border).

 Update 3-22-15 center is done with all flying geese done and added. And "think" know how will get it all together and the math involved...we shall see if I am right;-). But do know what last two borders will be so can order some fabric! 

Update 3-27-14 only one more border to go and top will be done. Waiting for it to be delivered but posted picture with blue border on and maroon one next to it to see what would look like.

Update 4-25-15 have it basted and quilting is in process. Using walking foot for all of it and mainly straight line and simple as it is huge and anything else beyond my ability. Did do wavy lines in middle with some cross over to try and create a simple sense of the wind geese are flying through.

Update 5-2-15 Done and in dryer!

Update 5-11-15  With its new owner and being held in front of window will eventually go over.  She will be putting up rod and use curtain holders.  So thrilled she loves it.  She also is a masyer gardener and owns a landscape company and went and did my mom's yard and gardens for her!!

Pictures

With its new owner
Geese on batik
Her design...waiting all these years
The cardboard pattern she had made of third goose
2 geese she had done in 1990
Homeward Bound Block one done
My goose not yet fused together
close up of goose on batik background
2 batiks I found at LQS
Tree of Life block one done
My fingerless mittens!

Loves

Sandyo3
BlueFigQuilts
baronreads
Aizome
Ibtreerock

Comments

Mymble

So amazing- the geese are great- your design changes are inspired and fabric substitutions really good- this is really going to be an incredible piece. And as Terry said on IG- more mittens!!!- or at least a matching hat eh???

True

Mymble LOL I am getting a second pair of mittens...lightweight. Again I do not think people "get" what it takes to make a quilt let alone one like this...but I now see this as a personal challenge to try and pull off.

True

Oh and thank you!

Mymble

True Exactly- we once rented a house from a couple and the wife had "tried" about 2 dozen crafts- her entire basement was filled with half started projects- absolutely nothing finished - including a full stained glass forge !!! It sort of seared in my mind- look before you leap ;)))

And you're welcome :)- it really will be a labor of love and a wonderful treasure when done!

Aizome

Wow, I can see why you were confused when you opened the package. Sounds complicated. But boy are you going to make her day/year/home, when you get to the finish line!

True

Aizome thank you both for support and faith in me:-)

Aizome

True One step at a time, plus, remember to keep up the momentum--that's what I tell myself on each project. Yes, you can do this!

True

Aizome :-) and yes that is my mantra worry about what is in front of me versus what I will do with borders;-)

HawkFan

I'm thinking she got the better of that deal! You've done some beautiful work so far and it will be lovely when you are finished. She didn't start with an easy quilt, did she?

True

HawkFan LOL and thank you. I did tell her she had guts starting with this quilt (and no wonder she did not finish!) and I do wonder why the teacher did not suggest an easier start!!

Quilt455

Mary, you did such a beautiful job on these. I excepted them to fly off my tablet

Capetowngirl

This is going to be fantastic when it is done, and you are an amazing friend for even doing this. I would be in a corner rocking by this stage. Can't wait to see the end result, as no doubt it will be up to your usual fantastic standard.

True

Quilt455 I only get credit for the middle one and she sent the cardboard pattern she had drawn. I am really impressed with how she made these as they work so well. IF I had had to come up with this part alone I would have been in trouble! Thank you,

True

Capetowngirl thank you so much...believe me when I opened package I wanted to hide somewhere. Hoping if stay focused on step at a time by time I am done it will work...fingers crossed!!

True

Forgot "and" by the time I am done "hope" it will work

True

Carolmarie thanks...the individual components are not hard at all...the pp curvy geese will be time consuming but not hard. It will be putting it all together and making it both fit and look good together that worries me! Oh and quilting it...may end up doing QAYG by section. But first things first! And I wesned myself off caffeine except on occasion but remember the days where needed it and did not have it not fun!

Quilterinmotion

True , this is a very exciting venture....and nerve-wracking I imagine. I love the Chasing Geese idea for a border. If you need to add more size, you could always do a thin border around the large appliqued geese. She is quite the artist if she came up with those geese herself. They are very realistic looking. I'm so excited for you to have this adventure. You will be so amazed with yourself when finished. I know you are going to end up with a phenomenal quilt. She is one smart lady to give YOU that project.

True

Quilterinmotion thank you so much for your kind words...and faith in me. And yes there will be a thin dark blue border around the appliquéd geese. I may add to the sides of the pieced flying geese as well but will what until get that far before decide. I think I will also be adding a couple inches of a spacer block between two blocks on each size...but again will wait until get to that point to try out options. It has been a good challenge so far...but definitely a challenge trying to carry out someone else's vision! And her geese amaze me they are really well done.

Quilterinmotion

I understand the challenge of someone else's vision True . Remember when I was doing that commission on the clerical stole? I was loving every minute of it while being scared to death that my vision wasn't going to match her vision. Have faith; she's going to love it. I know it!!!

One step at a time...the way to go! I, personally, can't wait to see this finished piece.

True

Quilterinmotion I do recall that work it was stunning! And yes one piece at a time...I always am telling myself that and especially in this case. And so far it has served me well;-)

Readerowl

Wow! Way to face a challenge, tweek things, and make something wonderful!

True

Readerowl thank you and I hope so!!

baronreads

Wow! You are a SAINT! I've made fingerless gloves and the only knitting project that would be comparable is a sweater, IMHO! I can't wait to see how this all works out! Don't forget to ask those 6 important words next time -What Did You Have In Mind? ;)

True

baronreads LOL and thank you. I clearly need to remember those words!!! I do have two pair of the gloves/mittens now and LOVE them;-) This is a good challenge as long as all works out in end. I have to say if I had not done the round robin project on here I would not even no where to start so this is a good project to learn new skills. Of course have already spent way more on fabric than should of as could just not work with what she sent.

Robynie

What a challenge! The batik you chose for the background will really help it from getting too dark and "cabin-y" I think. The geese are really nicely done, the one you've made fits right in. :) Can't wait to see it with all those flying geese blocks.

True

Robynie thanks...the blue batik is so pretty in person and I am not usually a batick person. I may be making the flying geese until I am 90;-)

baronreads

Is that the final product? What happened to the four large squares? The geese look lovely, ALL of them! Great job!

True

baronreads no it is not final the four squares will be going on the sides...two on each side but my design wall is not big enough to hold it all! So I will be using the pale blue on top and bottom and around the four square blocks as "filler". And then do a 2" border using dark blue again and then the final border will be one of maroon with tiny flowers and leaves from flying geese.

Readerowl

That center is wonderful. That's lots of geese

True

Readerowl thank you and that is exactly how I felt this weekend!! Way too many geese;-)

HawkFan

So many geese! It looks wonderful so far.

Terryt1955

Next time buy a pair of mittens and cut off the tops. Only kidding, kind of!
This is going t be an amazing wall hanging. I can't get over all the components and the number of flying geese units you made. You have the patience of a saint.

Mymble

wow - this is looking fabulous- can she knit you a dress ?

Aizome

This is looking fantastic. She needs to get to work on an aran sweater for you now.

True

HawkFan Carolmarie thank you both! So far I like it a lot.

True

Mymble Aizome Terryt1955 LOL this weekend I was actually hearing Terry in my head telling me I had lost it. But now it has become a personal challenge of can I do it! Thank you all.

Ibtreerock

Amazing to watch it progress! Looks great!

HawkFan

The blocks you added on the side are perfect for this quilt, both in style and meaning

True

Ibtreerock thank you so much

True

HawkFan thank you...as you know I love symbolism! And just got rest of border fabric so when I stop obsessing about my leaf...will cut and get them on!

HawkFan

Great idea for quilting to give it a sense of movement

True

HawkFan thank you ...wish I could do fancy swirls or something. Once done with rest will decide if needs more in middle!

Ibtreerock

You got the short end of the stick in this trade (haha)... But what an awesome blessing for your friend! I'm sure it'll be treasured!

True

Ibtreerock thank you and I have to say facing this challenge has been really good for me (now I am almost done). I had to face so many fears and even Saturday when trying to figure out how to baste and then quilt there were moments of sheer panic.

Readerowl

Cheering you on from Idaho. We have lots of Canada Geese here. You have done a beautiful job and faced an incredible challenge with grace, creativity... and so much work!

True

Readerowl thank you so much! Now if work would just leave me with enough energy at end of day to quilt....

Quilt455

This one is truly amazing. What a great job you did. I am sure she loves every stitch

True

Quilt455 thank you...I am hoping she will! So far she has only seen pictures but likes what she sees. I hope to get it done in next two weeks and out of here to Michigan!

Aizome

Yay!!! You go girl!!!!

True

Aizome thanks :-)

Terryt1955

Congrats on a huge finish!!! I bet you are feeling so relieved to have this off your plate. Now on to something fun for YOU! BTW, stating the obvious, you did a beautiful job!

True

Terryt1955 thank you I am so relieved and hope like it when it comes out of dryer!! Thank you.

Aizome

You are a trooper!!! Great job seeing it to the end! Great finish!

HawkFan

Wonderful finish! We've all said it before but what a lucky friend you have. clap clap clap clap clap

Seeneed

AMAZING!!!!!!! I love how you took it one step at a time and figured out such a daunting project. The final project is beautiful and I bet you hate to give it away but what a wonderful accomplishment. Your friend is going to love it!!!!!!

True

Seeneed HawkFan Aizome thank you all and for all the confidence and cheering along the way. I have not worked on something that caused me such anxiety every step of the way! Usually once I get started I relax but every step was daunting on this one. I am actually really happy it is packed up and about to leave my home!! I do love some the fabrics and this is the first time I combined batiks with other fabric and learned how much love the look!!

Conniharns

True this really came out beautiful...you put a lot of work into this. I know your friend will be very happy when she sees it. Probably hate to see it go?!!

True

Conniharns thank you I actually do not hate to see this one go as it is not my style nor do I have a place for a 123" x 54" quilt!???

Mymble

It is simply amazing and such a fabulous accomplishment. I would say your friend is going to love it- how could she do otherwise! There should be TB Awards or something!

True

Mymble OMG thank you! You are so sweet...it is all packed and ready to go tomorrow!

Mymble

The geese will be flyin' ;)))))

True

Mymble LOL

baronreads

I saw on IG that you had finished this. Just wanted to say how beautiful it is! Great job!

True

baronreads thank you so much it should be delivered today so anxious to here her response!!

Capetowngirl

Well done. You did a wonderful job

True

Capetowngirl thank you I am just so glad it works for her and made her happy

Mymble

It looks fabulous in its new home- and a gardening gift for your mom- how wonderful!!!

Ibtreerock

Congrats on a job well done!

True

Ibtreerock Mymble thank you:-)

HawkFan

Looks perfect in its new home. Glad she repaid your work with a little extra work - how nice for your mom!

True

HawkFan me too! Cannot wait to see it actually hung up.

Caribousmom

Wow - looks amazing in its new home. Of course she loves it! Who wouldn't?!!?!?

True

Caribousmom ;-) thank you! Such a different project and was a challenge and fun!

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