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!
So fun! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! I’m glad to take a little breather from the sewing machine and get back to the computer!
Congratulations! What a lovely heart felt gift, to welcome your grandchild.
Thank you! It’s great how many fun fabrics are out there – I will have to rein myself in so he isn’t awash in quilts! 🙂
Congrats and of course it is beautiful, and will be appreciated for years to come. Blessings, Mtetar
Thank you – I do hope it is loved to pieces! 🙂
What a lovely quilt.
Thank you! I enjoy the process so much!
What a great treasure and I’m sure that little baby we’re looking forward to will be the best treasure ever!
He is sure to be unique if he turns out like his parents! 🙂
Great job! I love that you did a fun back too! And congratulations Grandma!
Thank you! I am really looking forward to being a grandmother!
A little slow on response here – been too busy for all my emails. Love the quilt and so fun. Know you are getting anxious for that grandbaby so enjoy and what a keepsake for him/her. Thanks for sharing.