Avast, Me Hearties!
It’s been a while since my last post, but I have been busy in very good ways – giving a weaving lesson here, a dye lesson there; training to lead a nature walk, and visiting the neighbor’s horses. And it seems like there was one more thing – what was it again?… Oh yeah! Making a quilt for our first GRANDBABY!
It had to remain secret for a while. But now the new parents have seen their quilt so I can show pictures!
The decorating theme for the baby is “pirates”, so I had a grand time ordering lots of fabric. This is the first time I have ordered fabric from the internet, and overall I did a good job of picking fabrics that would go together. The one thing I didn’t pay attention to was scale, and when the fabric got here, some of it was much larger-scale than I anticipated. It all had beautiful drape and hand, and I would feel confident to order online again.
I decided to do a large central panel of “Pirate Island” from Alexander Henry Fabrics. I really loved the humorous touches in this fabric – octopi in the treasure chests, seagulls with eye patches, and a castaway with an unexpected shark on his line. I added two rows of blocks based on nautical flags. I took a lot of liberties with the flag colors, but stuck to the actual flag patterns pretty closely. I’m guessing that pirates did not actually spell out messages with nautical flags, but I thought that using them as a design basis would help me achieve the random look that I like. Then I used up the scraps with more improvisational piecing.
I did not get it finished before the first baby shower, but that actually turned out to be a good thing. I was able to discuss quilting and binding choices with my daughter, and now I can finish it exactly the way she wants it. I have lots of fabric left over, and I can’t wait to make more baby stuff!