A friend requested a nautical baby quilt. She chose the pattern, I chose the fabrics. I added a whimsical beach fabric to make it more baby-like. Straight line quilting to compliment the straight lines in the nautical alphabet flag blocks. Measures 48 x 55
This was a Man Sewing pattern using the MSQ large half hexi template. I made good use of my design wall as I laid this one out! I know I keep saying the quilts tell me…but it really seems they do. This one wanted me to do an all-over (edge to edge) design I have never attempted. My machine is a sit down totally FMQ so my all-over design usually is a meander. But this one wanted me to do a big, like 6 inches or more version of the Hook Rose as the all-over design. A quick practice and then using my Martelli 8 inch ring I went for it. And a bunch of digging I found a suitable green to create a flange binding.
These were a bunch of charms through a pieces of paper. I whacked them all out and sewed them up into the same pattern. Then using the rest of the charms as themselves, I laid out this design. Not catching until it was all finished that one of the little critters had a mistake! Figured it might make for a fun “treasure hunt.” A medium meander through out the backing and of course the outline of the design squares to make it all pop.
My son went to Beirut, Lebanon in June 2022 to visit a friend. While there he wanted to bring me back a gift of fabric. All they had was upholstery fabric and he bought 4 yards. When he brought it home I thought it would make a great one block wonder. Well, the fabric is heavy, hard to work with. Seams don’t line up and are very thick. I got tired of it and I let it sit for months. My son kept asking when I was going to finish it. Well, I finally did. He’s happy and I’m happy it’s done.
I made this thread catcher from a pattern out of The Quilt Bee book from Bonnie and Camille. It’s holds all my frequently used notions. The floral fabric is from the At Home collection. The navy pin dots is Dwell, and the aqua polka dots is Riley Blake.