Friday, February 14, 2014

Don't Set Sail On Someone Else's Star

I won some Tall Star blocks from Block Lotto back in September.  The blocks were 6 x 9. I added 2 inch strips to each side to square them up to 9 inches. 

Then I made some wonky words - "Don't set sail on someone else's star" - which is supposedly an African proverb.   I found it by Googling for sayings with the word "star". The words are my first attempt at patchwork words. I wasn't quite sure how to add the words to the quilt so they could be read properly. I didn't fret over it too much. This is how they ended up. 


I figured with that saying I should add some ships to the quilt so made up a few Tall Ships - another Block Lotto block. 


I was a little short on the red fabric with little stars I had in my stash for backing so added a strip of some other red fabric with stars. 

I quilted most of it with loops and stars on my plain Jane DSM. 

The sail boats were quilted with just loops.  I don't think you can see it very well but under the ships I quilted what are supposed to be waves. 

All together the quilt looks like this.  That white stuff all over the bottom is snow. 

Don't Set Sail
72 x 90

Since it has some good advice for a high school graduate I'm putting this in the Grandkid's hope chest. One of them will get this for their high school graduation.  There's nothing like planning ahead I always say. The oldest Grandkids are 9 so it will probably be a while before it will get any use. 

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20 comments:

Kris said...

That looks great!

sophie said...

I love every little thing about your quilt. I've not heard of that proverb, but it's good advice and perfect for your quilt.

wombatquilts.com said...

Wow and wow.

Toni Macomb said...

This is fantastic! How wonderful you took the tall stars and made them YOURS! I love the quilt and the saying. You are just too clever!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Love how you brought this all together! What a great quilt and great saying!

Tricia ~~ Handmade Whimzy said...

I think this turned out great. I love how wonky the stars are.

Libby Smith said...

The tall ships just make the quilt. Great solutions all around.

Nann said...

Cathy, it's wonderful! From the stars to the sails to the lettering. What a treasure.

Mina said...

Love it!

Gerry Krueger said...

Just love the saying and the wuilt..

Joy said...

You have a gift for setting blocks. This is a fantastic quilt.

audrey said...

Love that you added the proverb! Really great quilt.:)

Gina said...

THat's a great quilt.I love the wording in the border xx

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I love this!~ Great saying and a beautiful scrappy quilt.

joe tulips said...

I love what you did with the tall stars and the tall ships and the words!!
This is awesome!

Melinda said...

OK, this quilt is just too fun and cute. I love the bright colors and the adorable sentiment. One of your grandkids will be very lucky to receive it.

A Nudge said...

What a great quilt and use of the swap blocks. I really like your words too! Congrats on a cool finish.

monique's mess said...

a lovely message in an original quilt

Alycia said...

What a Beautiful Quilt!! Congrats on the finish!

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