Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Finish: Smooth Sailing

Smooth Sailing
40 x 60
Machine quilted on my DSM
A donation quilt for Quilts Beyond Borders or Wrap-A-Smile

(Sorry for the blurry photo - it was a windy day)

This quilt started out a long time ago with a couple of blocks (those sailboat Happy Blocks) I pulled out of a pile of some Sunshine Online Quilt Guild  block lotto winnings.  I felt I could build a separate quilt around those two blocks and used the rest of the lotto winnings in other quilts. I put the Happy Sailboats in a box along with some blue scraps I had on hand. As time passed I would throw any blue scraps that represented sea or sky into the box.  Then one day I had the making of a quilt.  So I made it. 

I usually make my donation quilts for QBB or WAS 40 x 60 so kept that in mind as I built the quilt.  I first made that 12 inch Sailboat Block with rainbow sails for the center of the quilt to go with the two Happy Blocks.  Then I...

...made a couple of Sawtooth Star blocks for the sky section of the quilt. 

Then I just added the scrappy bits and pieces chunk by chunk, piece by piece, bit by bit to the appropriate section of the quilt - either sea or sky. 

As you can see I quilted the sky section with loops and stars on my DSM. 

I quilted the sea section with waves. 

The backing is pieced. The bottom piece of clouds and moon I picked it up from the thrift store quilt a while ago.  The top piece of outer space fabric is a left over piece of 100% cotton sheet I had picked up from the thrift store and used on another quilt. 

This was goal #3 from my Q2 Finish-Along list. 

Sewing for charity so linking up to:


gayle said...

Happy blocks for a happy quilt!

cspoonquilt said...

Great scrappy goodness! Using real scraps and leftovers, way to sew!

Monica said...

This is a great finish, and I'm sure someone is really going to love it!

Julierose said...

wonderful scrappy ocean themed quilt--love it...hugs, Julierose

Linda said...

What a wonderful scrappy sea quilt! Thank you for explaining how you created the quilt. Amazing what you can achieve by using your scraps. Well done, Cathy! ⛵️

Kat said...

Beautiful! I love all the boat and ocean fabrics! Thanks for linking up :)

Janie said...

Another classic! You have a great way of improvising and arranging, turning blocks and colors into
an exciting quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Louise said...

Love all those gorgeous blues! I admire that you were able to keep track of all those various blocks and fabrics long enough for them to come together into a complete quilt. Congrats on a lovely finish!

Kaja said...

Lovely deep blues -perfect for a sea quilt.

Nicky said...

A great nautical themed quilt - it's bound to take it's recipient on some wonderful dream journeys! Congratulations on your fab finish on behalf of the global FAL 2017 hosts!