Seeing as I haven’t blogged in some time, I have a few past projects to share. So please indulge me in reliving some of my previous favourite projects!
This one wasn’t too long ago, but I think it may be one of my faves. And believe it or not, it’s not even paper pieced. Go figure! Between you and I, in terms of techniques, pixel quilts probably run a close second to paper piecing when it comes to favourites. I wanted a fairly simple design, that would show off all the fun prints in the Cotton + Steel SS Bluebird fabric bundle I had in my stash (care of my lovely friend Angie). So what to do when you can’t find a design online that matches what you picture in your mind? Design one yourself. Obviously.
So I did! Tada!
I went with traditional nautical colours and used a solid red for the anchor and the stripes. I love that the pixel squares are big enough that I could fussy cut some of the prints in SS Bluebird. So this quilt is graced by whales, ropes, birds, and my favourite – tall ships.
Based on 6″ squares, this was a fun – and fast make. There’s quite a bit of satisfaction in sewing a quilt like this. It’s almost like putting a puzzle together, and watching it unfold as you add each section. Living on the coast, I don’t think I really had any other option than to take the quilt down to the beach for some photos. It was fantastic during school holidays, catching all the odd looks, and bumping into people I know (who I’m pretty sure now mentally label me as “weird-lady-who-takes-photos-of-her-quilts”). But you can’t beat that scenery for a backdrop really can you?!
And just for fun. Here are a couple of EQ7 sketches so you could see how it might look in different colour schemes. Mainly because I love playing around with colour ideas in EQ7 before I start sewing 😉 A rainbow version – naturally. I think there’s something hard wired in my brain to just trial everything in rainbow..
And in all Alison Glass blues – which I kinda love and feel like I need to make another version just like this!
I have this pattern listed on Craftsy (click here to go straight to the pattern page), so if you have a hankering to make your own nautical themed quilt, well… I’ve got you covered. I made mine for Aussie Hero Quilts, which is one of my favourite charities to sew for. This quilt went off to a currently deployed serviceman and I hope it brightened his day!
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