Monday, October 21, 2013

Month 5 - November 2013 - I'm Going Home

I'm Going Home is based on the traditional block known as Homeward Bound.  My research produced nothing but confusion...however it is no surprise that there is more than one block with this name. 
My best guess is the block reminded someone of a flock of birds in flight - homeward bound after vacationing in ports south. 
It is a simple, four patch block made of half square triangles.  It would be incredibly easy to piece this block incorrectly....which is exactly why I chose it.
Flocks Converging
General Description:
  • The Quilt: "Flocks Converging"
    • 36, 12" finished "I'm Going Home" blocks in a 6 x 6 grid
    • 2 borders
      • 1" finished inner border
      • 6" finished outer border
    • As described the quilt finished out at 86" square
Fabric Requirements
rounded up to the nearest 1/4 yard
# Blocks
Finished Size
6 x 6 grid
86" x 86"
1 1/4 yard
3 yards
4 yards
4 x 4 grid
62" x 62"
3/4 yard
1 1/2 yards
2 3/4 yards
8 x 8 grid
110" x 110"
1 3/4 yards
5 yards
6 yards
 If you choose to make "Flocks Converging" please take a picture and add it to the Tops to Treasures Flickr Group.  I'd love to see your quilt.


  • The Block: "I'm Going  Home"
    •  Finishes at 12" square (actually measures 12 1/2" x 12 1/2")
    • 4 patch construction
    • Made from 4 half square triangles.
FQG - This months kit features Ocean View  in blue by Moda
Please add coordinating blues - dark for the traditional portion, and light for the background portion of this block. 
Because of the nature of half square triangles this pattern works best when you make two blocks at one time.  You only need one for the Oops block of the month quilt...but if you are making it for the guild, or are making "Flocks Converging" the directions below will make two blocks.

Cutting Directions: (8 pieces, makes 2 blocks)

  • Background (light blue)
    • cut 4, 7" x 7" squares
  • Traditional (dark blue)
    • cut 3, 7" x 7" squares
  • Oops portion of the block (waves)
    • cut 1,  7" x 7" square
Sewing Directions:
  • Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
    • Gather:
      • 4, 7"x 7" background squares
      • 3, 7" x 7" traditional portion squares
      • 1, 7" x 7" Oops square
    • Draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of each background square.
    • Layer background square with traditional portion square, right sides together.
    • Sew 1/4" to each side of the diagonal line (Yes, sew twice!  Once on each side and 1/4" from the diagonal line)
    • Cut on diagonal line
    • Open resulting triangles into squares
    • Iron seam allowances open.
    • Trim HSTs to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares
  • I'm Going Home block
    • Gather
      • 3, traditional/background hsts
      • 1, oops/background hst
    • Assemble pieces to look like the picture - Pay attention to the Oops patch.  It needs to fly in the wrong direction!
    • Iron flat
    • Trim block to 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"
    • Repeat with remaining pieces for the second block.
FQG:  Return  your completed block(s) to me by November 19, 2013, or bring it to the general meeting on that night to be eligible to win.  The prize package will contain all of the completed blocks, unfinished kits, and a coupon for free edge to edge quilting.

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