Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Albatross Takes Flight

I briefly thought of titling this post 'The SOB's Finished!' but that doesn't sound very nice.  Accurate, yes, but not nice.  Anyway, it's done, done, done!

What started out as this...

turned into this...

and finished up, thirteen months later, as this...

He nicely informed me he wouldn't be giving up the original quilt my mom made for him even though it's falling apart and she's been begging me to set it aflame just to put it out of its misery.  It's been well-loved.

I decided 'The Albatross' wasn't such a hot name for a quilt either so I opted for 'High Flight' after the poem of the same name by John G. Magee.  I love the poem and it fits with the theme since Magee was a pilot.

Here's the poem if you're curious.

by John Magee

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings:

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds--and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of--wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.  Hovering there,

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Happy quilting, y'all!


  1. Congratulations! Any finish is a good day for all quilters! Was this part of a kit? The first photo looks like it came pre-cut. I like those kind of quilts.

  2. I made a quilt once that took so long I called it The Flying Dutchman because it was doomed never to be finished....

    Your quilt was worth the wait. Love the colours and the co - defendant looks happy.

    If you put that other quilt in the wash and use the least forgiving cycle on your machine it may fall apart and then you can legitimately toss it....