Friday, March 25, 2016

Now I can share

Now that dad has received his quilt, I can share it here.  You've seen peeks of it in progress, but I really thought he should be the first to see the finished quilt!


This quilt was designed just for dad, who loves to sail.  The applique sailboat was a bit of a stretch for me, as I haven't done much applique and I had to draw the shape myself too.  However, I really wanted a sailboat, and I really wanted the Ocean Waves blocks.  I couldn't figure out a better way to make the two work together so I took the plunge and there it is.  I'm quite pleased with the result!


It was really fun to play with color in the ocean waves.  I hadn't planned to add the stars.  I just wanted to dig into my blue scraps.  However, after coloring in my sketch, I thought it looked a little bland.  Looking at how the triangles met at block corners, I saw a star shape so decided to play with that idea.


I quilted this entirely with a walking foot.  I really did not want the quilting to compete with all those blues so I just quilted in the ditch in the "waves"  (but not around every triangle!).  My daughter helped me pick out the stencil for the border quilting.  My husband helped talk me out of talking myself out of quilting that border design after I marked it.  It looks much better and fits in much better with the whole look when quilted in matching thread than it did when marked in white pencil!

We went out to a local park on the way to the post office to mail the quilt.  There's a lake off to the left of the photo.  It was windy.  I was nervous.  Hubby assured me he had a good grip on the quilt!

He did!  

And just because you know I love quilt with feet:

I particularly like this one.  If you knew my husband, you'd think he was the least likely person to have bright orange shoelaces!

27 comments:

  1. This came out wonderfully! I love the sailboat. And the stars. and the colors. lol. An excellent quilt.

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  2. Wow it looks great, I bet your Dad loves it!

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  3. Wow, you can really be proud. You did an amazing job on designing, piecing and quilting this quilt. I love the added stars! The applique sail boat is perfect.

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  4. What a great finish and I'm sure your dad loves it. you have done an amazing job and it's hard to believe you haven't done much applique.

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  5. This is super neat! You did a beautiful job. I'm sure your Dad will treasure this quilt. ~Jeanne

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  6. Beautiful! The blues just glow and the stars add so much light. What a wonderful gift for your father.

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  7. What a great quilt. Beautiful job! And I love the shoelaces. Wonder if my hubby could use some?

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  8. This is just stunning! Awesome is an understatement here! WOW! I do love this quilt. Congrats on this FAAAABULOUS finish. Bet your dad was real happy to get it? ;^)

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  9. What a beautiful gift for your Dad! I like the addition of the yellow stars.

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  10. This is gorgeous! I love it! You did a fantastic job!

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  11. I was going to say this quilt is 'absolutely stunning' . . . then I noticed that was what the previous quilter said. Oh, my! Then, I decided I'd say it anyhow, because this quilt IS absolutely stunning!!! I love every aspect of it. Your Dad is a very blessed man to receive it! thank you for sharing it with us. lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

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  12. It's beautiful. You did a wonderful job with sailboat too. And that border-I am so glad you went ahead with it. Great work!

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  13. Your Dad's quilt is wonderful! It captures sailing and the sea just right. The sailboat is perfect and I love the stars, they really add to the design without taking anything away from the design. You did a great job and I'm sure your Dad loves it!

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  14. It's just lovely--your quilting looks great too!

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  15. What a wonderful quilt for your Dad! I love the way you made the sails with different white fabrics. I'm sure he is super happy with it,

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  16. I don't know how far the quilt had to go in the mail to get to your dad, but I'm sure he will wish you were next to him when he opens it so he could give you a big hug. His quilt is incredible! You did a great job on it from design to piecing the beautiful color choices, and the quilting is perfect. You must be very proud of that special quilt for a very special person in your life! I'm sure he is! ---"Love"

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  17. Wow! I did not see the sailboat coming! You did a great job and hopefully he'll enjoy the quilt hug you are giving him.

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  18. What a great finish! I'm sure your dad is thrilled to pieces with it!

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  19. It's beautiful and perfect. I love the border quilting. ...though the orange shoelaces don't really go... :)

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  20. That's a terrific quilt for your Dad! Your signature blues and those lovely stars along with some appliqué. Good choices for the quilting too.

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  21. It has been wonderful watching come together and I love the finale. You did an amazing job with the sailboat!

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  22. The sailboat was a surprise, and it turned out beautifully! This is an excellent masculine quilt that will be much loved. I love the orange shoelaces peeking out.

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  23. This is stunning. It was a great idea to add the yellow for the stars. I'm sure your father will be delighted with it xx

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  24. Joanne, your father must have been totally thrilled with his sailing quilt because everything about it is so wonderful! I love how you saw the stars and brought them out. Your sailboat looks swift and steady - just perfect!
    I noticed your husbands bright orange shoe laces and thought they were rea;ly cool, LOL.

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