Friday, February 5, 2021

Friday check in: presenting Code Name Welcome Home

Here it is!   The quilt I've  coyly called "Code Name Welcome Home" has been sent to and received by my friends B and K.  Its real name is Labyrinth Walk.  

Labyrinth Walk, 84 x 84

The backstory: B does not sew. Not buttons, not hems, and certainly not quilts. Five years ago a picture of the Labyrinth Walk quilt popped onto her Facebook feed and she was teased about "her" quilt. It went viral--she says 40,000+ reposts--even though she clearly stated that she DID NOT MAKE the quilt. Last fall B and her husband K suffered from a house fire. They've been living in temporary quarters.

I have wanted to make the Labyrinth Walk quilt ever since I saw the pattern in Quilt Magazine (circa 2008). This was the perfect opportunity! It was not hard, but it was very, very fiddly. Mis-piecing one unit would throw the entire design off. I cut all the pieces in one session and put each piece in a plastic bag labeled with the size and the number of units so I could keep track.

The other challenge for me was working with a limited number of fabrics. I bought all the fabric in one trip to the LQS. The shop personnel helped find just-the-right tones and contrasts.

It was my One Monthly Goal for December.  Barb-the-quilter put it on her calendar last week. I picked it up Friday, added the binding and the label, and mailed it to B and K on Monday.  They got it Wednesday.


I used a thrift-shop cotton sheet for the backing (on the left in the photo).   





B wrote to say they were completely surprised ("gobsmacked," she said) and they are very grateful.  They hope they can move back to their townhome in three months. 

Their cat likes the quilt, too. 

Now I can cross Labyrinth Walk off my want-to-make-someday list!  

Linking up with Finished or Not Friday  and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

 

15 comments:

Kathy S. said...

What a sweet gift! I bought that pattern years ago. I have not made it yet. I too have trouble with quilts in just a few fabrics. Maybe I'll add this to my 2022 wish list. I'm hoping this year is a year of finishes instead of starts. Beautiful job!

Ellie said...

Lovely finish! You nailed the 3D look so well!

cbott said...

Oh my!!!! Even on the bed it looks 3D, as if the cat is resting on the top edges of those shapes. What an awesome (literally--I'm in awe) work of art you've created.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I think that is such an amazing pattern but I'm happy just enjoying everyone else's versions of it. I don't need to make it. Your fabric selection worked perfectly.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Gobsmacked would be the word! That is really amazing, Nann! My husband has always been fascinated with that pattern, but I read him what you said about how fiddly it was to make and he certainly could understand. Congratulations on your finish!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Fabulous finish and gift. I love the pattern but am not interested in the fiddly piecing needed.

Bonnie said...

It really looks amazing. The shot with the cat made me think it was on something 3 D. You succeed so well. The sheet looks like it was made for the quilt. The cat and quilt picture is peaking out behind the comment box and as I looked I thought wow look at the texture. This quilt works on so many ways. That's a big "cross off the list" quilt. Ok, I'll quit raving on for now!

Ramona said...

What a wonderful gift! This quilt is on my “maybe one day” list, but in the meantime I will enjoy looking at your beautiful version.

Karen's Korner said...

Fabulous. I could not resist running my "mouse" around the labyrinth. LOL.

Caroline M said...

The shot on the bed is stunning. I know it has no depth, I can see how it's assembled but I still can't see it as anything other than three dimensional.

MissPat said...

I have always been intrigued by this pattern (and a couple of other 3D designs as well), but haven't bit the bullet. Now you've put it back in my sights. Awesome job.
Pat

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Just so amazing!!! That photo on the bed - wow!! It is so 3D this way!! what a great gift and amazing quilt!

Vireya said...

Congratulations on your successful gift! It is a fantastic quilt, and knowing the recipients loved it is the icing on the cake.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Spectacular quilt, perfect backing, and a fabulous gift, Nann!!

Cathy said...

Wow, that is one complicated-looking quilt! It is totally amazing, just like you! What a lovely thing to do for friends, Nann. I’m sure they will cherish it.