Oct 26

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilt–Homeward Bound Christmas Quilt

Way back in June, I finished a christmas quilt using a block that I designed (paper piecing pattern and tutorial here).  This quilt was a lot of work, and I love the end result.  I called the block “homeward bound” because it looks as if all the geese are flying into home base, but apparently there is another “homeward bound” block, so I don’t know what to call this one anymore.


This quilt uses random red, white, and green christmas fabric that I have collected for the past while.  I tried to play with color and value with this quilt, and I do like the effect.  This quilt is 70 inches by 70 inches, so that makes it a large throw quilt.


I quilted it on my home machine using a free motion swirl, and I love the stability and texture it gives to the finished quilt top.  To learn more about this quilt, click here.

Linking up with Amy’s Bloggers’ Quilt Festival.  Check it out to see more amazing bloggers and their quilts without leaving the comfort of your home!


Categories:  Throw Quilt, Quilted on home machine



  1. Eileen says:

    Just love this. Like Christmas quilts that aren’t just for the season and yours is beautiful. Geese make it whimsical. Great job! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  2. Love your quilt, the Christmas fabrics with white look fabulous, nice and fresh, great job!

    Best Wish
    Kay in Scotland

  3. Caral says:

    This looks so intricate. Great job!

  4. Lesly says:

    That’s a wonderful block and how effective all made up! Love the colours, too!

  5. SarahZ says:

    LOVE this! How about “Fly Away Home (for the holidays)”.

  6. Rachel says:

    Love the quilt block.

  7. Cathy M says:

    Great original block, thanks for making the directions public.

  8. Janine says:

    Love this! You do beautiful work!

  9. Carla says:

    It looks like it was a lot of work, but so worth the effort. Stunning !

  10. Ann says:

    wonderful colors!! ann

  11. This is a fabulous block!!

  12. Sabine says:

    Great, all these Flying Geese!

  13. What a lovely block design. Thanks for sharing it. I can see it as a snowflake made up in whites and icy blues… but keeping with the geese heading in the same direction theme – how about “heading home’ for an alternate block name?

  14. Absolutely beautiful quilt!

  15. Alison says:

    How gorgeous! I love those blocks so much and the fabrics are beautiful!

  16. CitricSugar says:

    Lovely! It reminds me of snowflakes…

  17. Kelsey says:

    Stunning!! Love the design!

  18. I love how this is very wintery looking but not at the same time (does that make sense? lol)

  19. Jocelyn says:

    Oh my, this quilt is gorgeous!! I love it! Great job.

  20. John'aLee says:

    Oh I WANT this quilt!! What a great Christmas quilt for the upcoming season!

  21. Amanda says:

    This is great! I love the Christmas colors you chose.

  22. Gretchen F says:

    This quilt is amazingly gorgeous! I love it! I can picture it in blue batiks on a white background.

  23. beautiful! it looks like snowflakes 🙂

  24. Amy says:

    You did a really great job designing this quilt block. The colors are wonderful and it looks so nicely quilted. Great job 🙂

  25. Leanne says:

    I love your quilt, it is just so Christmassy but in a really good way. I am going to put your block on my to do list, as it is beautiful.

  26. Oh this is so lovely – I love the colours you have used. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Karen says:

    This is a lovely quilt for Christmas. It’s a great collection of fabrics. Love the block.

  28. Joan says:

    What a fun quilt. I love the block. What a great stash buster and best yet a beautiful holiday treasure!

  29. trish says:

    what a beautiful quilt!

  30. Lorna says:

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful quilt. The colours are amazing.
    Thank you for sharing!

  31. MissMary says:

    Mein Gott, this is beautiful! Love the block you designed, love its meaning, love the snowflake-y effect… so inspiring!

  32. SewCalGal says:

    Wow this is an amazing Christmas Quilt. I love the design you created. Homeward Bound certainly seems like a perfect name for it too. Still, I’m proud of you for seeking another name given that name is taken. Makes me think of snowflakes or ice crystals/christmas crystals.

    I hope you’ll enter this quilt in the upcoming Christmas Quilt Show (http://www.quilting-tutorials.blogspot.com/p/2012-christmas-quilt-show.html)


  33. Diane says:

    Beautiful design. A perfect sparkler for the season.

  34. Lynn says:

    Beautiful block design. Love the name and I love the color selection. Great quilt to curl up in.

  35. Sarah says:

    Such a lovely quilt! It is great as a Christmas quilt but it would look great in so many colours.

  36. Dana says:

    This is such a wonderful quilt, it has such a nice airy look to it, just like snowflakes. The colors are perfect too! Thanks.

  37. Amanda says:

    What a lovely Christmas quilt that doesn’t necessarily SCREAM Christmas at you! It will work wonderfully for the entire winter season. Great job!

  38. April says:

    What a great Christmas Quilt! I know this was a lot of work and it turned out beautiful!

  39. Rachaeldaisy says:

    That is such a great block and so perfect for a Christmas quilt. It almost looks like snowflakes. A beautiful quilt!!!

  40. Carol E says:

    That is a gorgeous quilt!!!

  41. I love this quilt. The blocks look like pretty snowflakes – perfect for Christmas time! 🙂

  42. Darla says:

    Love the birds all coming toward the center. Cute block and a very cute quilt!

  43. Fun quilt! I really like the pattern.


  44. barb says:

    this is such fresh looking quilt.
    I don’t think I’ve seen this block before –
    thanks for sharing it!

  45. Jolanda says:

    Love your quilt. I like the mix of green and red you used.
    Great job.

  46. I really like how the lighter values almost disappear in the background but are still recognizable by the repeated pattern and the darker values. Great quilt!!!

  47. Rene' says:

    The blocks in this quilt are gorgeous!

  48. beth says:

    I do NOT need another quilt that HAS to be made…but i think you’ve inspired me to put ANOTHER one of those “necessary” quilts on my list!!! I love this one!

  49. April says:

    You know what, this quilt looks familiar…I just skipped over to my Pinterest page and I have your quilt pinned from 7 weeks agor. 🙂 Needless to say, I love your quilt! It is BEAUTIFUL!!

  50. Jenn says:

    Lovely! This is a beautiful quilt!

  51. dawn says:

    Your quilt is wonderful! It reminds me of beautiful snowflakes. Great winter quilt!

  52. I love it – and I love that you designed the pattern. Awesome job! 🙂

  53. Sonia says:

    It’s a beautiful quilt. Love the colours and the pattern. The quilting looks amazing on it. Congrats

  54. Shari says:

    It’s fantastic! And you block is so original. I find it amazing that quilters can still design new quilt blocks – and I think it’s ok to call it whatever you like – that’s how blocks got their name to begin with – and many blocks have more than one name. And thanks for sharing the pattern. You are totally awesome.

  55. Laura says:

    Very nice! It looks like red and green snowflakes to me.

  56. Sandra says:

    What a bright fresh Christmas quilt — a whole lot of piecing and work but what great result. Kudos on a very effective design.

    Come see my entries #23 antique zigzag and #46 repro tulip batik

  57. Avis says:

    Having looked at this quilt in your previous post and the great tutorial, I can see why you will never make another one 😉 It certainly was a labour of love and was well worth the effort. Beautiful piecing and gorgeous quilting too! Avis x

  58. Flutter.Kat says:

    Gorgeous block design. It’s a really lovely quilt

  59. Lauren says:

    Anything Christmas! And this one is excellent – your ‘Homeward Bound’ block is really worth doing and the name is perfect.

  60. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt. I love the design and the fabrics you chose and all the white space that really sets off the design. What a brilliant job!

  61. Carla says:

    It’s SO pretty! It reminds me of snowflakes too. Just delicate and fresh and all around magical 🙂

  62. jennifer says:

    I love this! What a great take on a winter/holiday quilt without being too holiday! gorgeous! #267

  63. Kate Brown says:

    It makes a perfect Christmas quilt, it looks like falling snowflakes. So very pretty!

  64. Love this quilt — I am such a fan of xmas and I really like your paper pieced block. =)

  65. Pam says:

    Love your quilt and choice of colors. I will check out your tutorial.

  66. Marika says:

    Quilting Very nice work 🙂

  67. Love the block. Beautiful fresh colors. Very effective!

  68. tusen says:

    Oh, it looks a bit like those cutout paper snowflakes. So lovely!

  69. Jenniffier says:

    What a fun quilt. It is very Christmassy but not over the top Christmas. Great work. Pinning your quilt for future reference.

  70. Nana says:

    Love the clear bright colors and your quilting is great!

  71. Mary Jo says:

    Great quilt! I like how it is a Christmas quilt, but it doesn’t scream Christmas so much that you feel like you have to put it away on Dec. 26!

  72. Becky says:

    This is a great quilt and is so pretty.

  73. marjorie says:

    this is such an interesting quilt….love it

  74. Jenny C says:

    Got my vote!

  75. Rose Marie says:

    Wonderful quilt and this pattern is perfect for whatever season you need to make it in. I can see this in autumn colours …… and Christmas …. and ….. !

  76. Pat says:

    Beautiful Quilt! 🙂 Pat

  77. Janita says:

    Sew beautiful! Wish it were mine 🙂 thanks for sharing. Janita

  78. Kati says:

    Still definitely one of my favorites you’ve made (although everything you make is amazing). I love this one so much. One of these days I want to make one too.

  79. Erica says:

    Found your quilt through the BQF. It is beautiful! Congratulations on a terrific project!