After I made my first quilt, I was hooked. Piecing and quilting was not as difficult as I thought it would be. I then went on a quest for a pattern to make for my second quilt. That is when I ran across a book titled More Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts (For the Love of Quilting) (affiliate link – this book is out of print but you may be able to find it at the link provided).
I bought it because so many of the fun quilts in this book appealed to me. I was still a newbie to quilting so I had no idea that many of the quilts in this book are for a more experienced quilter. When I bought the book, I figured they would be easy quilts because they are labeled as “Quick”… Well, you know what happens when you assume!
I picked the Flying Home quilt to make, with some help from my husband. He wanted me to make him a quilt and this was the one in the book that appealed to him the most. With that decision being made, I grabbed my book and headed to the quilt shop to buy the fabric.
After several weeks of attending class at my quilt shop, I knew all of the gals who worked there. I had high hopes that they would help me pick out fabric that would be perfect for my first bed-sized quilts. I wasn’t disappointed — I love the fabrics we found!
What I was a little disappointed in was the fact that these gals knew me and they knew I was a beginner when it comes to quilting. They also know quilting. I really wish one of them would have warned me about the complexity of this pattern and how challenging it could be for a beginner.
By looking at the picture, you might think constructing the geese would be the hard part, but that wasn’t what I found to be the most challenging part of this quilt, that was all of the flying geese blocks — more than 300 — that surround the geese.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking this pattern nor the author of this book (Pam Bono Designs), the pattern was actually pretty easy to follow. After all, it was only my second quilt and I finished it. I am just suggesting that there might be better patterns for a beginner to tackle than one with so many tiny details and pieces sewn on the bias.
Once I finally got the quilt top pieced, I faced my next challenge – quilting it. I had no problem using my sewing machine to quilt my rail fence quilt, but it was only about 40-inches square and I quilted in straight lines. The Flying Home quilt is approximately 74” x 109”. I was so nervous about quilting this project that it took me almost 7 months to do it.
I finally decided to quilt it using a wavy line. I create a template for this using a piece of cardboard and drew the lines on the quilt top using a disappearing ink marking pen. When it came to the individual geese, I stitched around each one. Once the quilting was done, I actually scolded myself for waiting so long because it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
The only thing I would change when it comes to the quilting process is the batting I used. I chose a high loft, polyester batting. Over time, I have experimented with different kinds of batting and the high-loft is always the most difficult to work with. This is just my personal preference…
While this book is no longer available, you may have luck finding it used somewhere (see my affiliate link above or perhaps do a search on Ebay).
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