Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Have you ever been working on a project, or projects and you suddenly have to take a detour?
 I had finally gotten to the binding point on this quilt that I started a lifetime ago in North Carolina.
               And I had started working on a baby quilt for a friend's first baby.
And I was also working on a project for a baby shower as well. Not a quilt, but something else.

And then it happened. Another friend in need. Someone with an illness in need of comfort and support from as many people as possible. So this was born:
 I dug deep into my stash to find something not to flowery and girly. I found several pieces of Daysail by Bonnie and Camille that I had been sitting on, just waiting for the right quilt. Perfect.
 I pulled lots of coordinating fabrics. I had no idea exactly how big I was going for. I used Melissa's method for making flying geese. I love it because it is a no waste method and it is quick. I chose flying geese because I find the idea of soaring birds inspirational.
 I had it together in 4 days and on to quilting. I decided to do straight line quilting, but as I started, I was unsure of how many lines I would use.

 At my husband's suggestion, I used a navy blue Aurifil thread to quilt the lines. I liked it, as it went with all the fabrics, but something was missing. So I quilted a second line, very close, in teal or red, depending on the placement. That was what it needed. Glad I had so many colors of threads. The teal was 40 weight but the red and navy were 50 weight. I just went with it.
 I added a little flag to my signature tag, using some binding scraps that caught my eye. The binding is also from Daysail.
And now, less than a week and it is done. I will be taking it with me to NC this weekend to hand it off to a friend who will see that it reaches its intended recipient. And now, my heart is at ease for having this done and I can return to the path I was on before my detour.
I will show you the other finished quilt before I leave for the east coast.
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Alison V. said...

This is a lovely quilt! I also love fast flying geese and agree with you that they look like they are soaring!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Such a pretty quilt! There is certainly something very soothing about 'flying geese' - maybe the repetitve pattern or the upward flight path?

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Charlotte,
What a lovely detour you took for this quilt. It just makes my heart happy to think someone will receive great comfort from your lovely quilt. It is beautiful. ~smile~ Roseanne

Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

It is a gorgeous quilt! I love that fabric line and made a huge quilt with it. I am sure your friend loved it!