Ahoy! I'm pleased to announce that I finished my new nephew's quilt just in the nick of time.
Don't the colours and motifs of this quilt remind you of the ocean? I can't help but imagine seafaring stories of old ships, brave mariners and daring adventures on stormy seas. Think Captain Jim - the beloved lighthouse keeper and teller of tales from Anne's House of Dreams (from the Anne of Green Gables series, which I now feel compelled to re-read yet again). I can almost taste the briny ocean breeze.
I had a lot of fun creating this quilt. I picked a few block styles and sewed them up in varying sizes and colours then placed them on the design wall, fiddled with the layout for a while then began to fill in the gaps with additional pieced elements and blocks of fabric. I tried to stick to 3" modules (so finished block sizes of 6", 9", 12" etc) in order to keep the layout somewhat organized, but I did have one quilt-math issue that sort of messed with that plan. This is what borders are for, people. The improv style was liberating, with just enough structure to satisfy my OCD self.
The nautical vibe of this quilt was inspired by the Whale print of the Hearty Good Wishes Collection (by Moda), pictured below at the top right of the image. This fabric is cute without being cutesy.
Simple, straight-line quilting in white thread finished this quilt off quite nicely. I spaced the lines about an inch apart, although if you look closely at this detail shot you'll see that at one point I got distracted and used the edge of the presser foot as a guide instead of my actual guide. I sort of like it though, and the location just happens to follow the "rule of thirds" so there was no ripping out this mistake. phew.
This quilt finished at 42" x 51". My favourite things about this quilt are:
- The Whale fabric
- Working in an improvisational fashion
- the recipient! My nephew, Marshall, was born on September 4! Love that kid!