Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Finish - Not a Nautical Disaster

There seems to be a nautical theme around these parts lately!
I know, I know! No posts for months and then multiple in a week?! The reality is that there's been sewing and quilting, just not blogging, so there's a backlog of quilty goodness lurking in my hard drive. This finish was from way back in April at our Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Retreat at White Point Beach Resort.  I'm calling this one Not a Nautical Disaster (a little nod to a Canadian treasure... the Tragically Hip). A proud grandmother told me that a special new grandson would have a nautical themed nursery and, if big sis has a quilt, little bro needs one too!)
After making DT's Polaroid quilt, I've had them on the brain. But they're a tonne of work. And lots of trimming. Instead, I went for fussy cut sea creatures with a narrow border of Kona Silver or Kona Nautical and a second larger border of a variety of prints. I bought some fun prints at Patch Halifax (gotta love those octopi!) and hit the stash for some of my favs. These blocks of my own invention finish at 8 inches square. 
Wasn't it nice of this surfer to leave his board as a prop for me?
There's just something about a cobble beach that I love, love, love. I feel the same way about a pieced back. If you've not made one, go for it. I find it really freeing. I don't end up hoarding scrap bundles from projects I really like. I use as much of the fabric as I possibly can (and avoid buying backing!)
If there's a dory around, a quilt has to end up on it. Fitting given the fabric! It also gives you a glimpse of  Dear Stella Into the Reef Painted Anchors binding with a corner of Kona Nautical.
Wavy organic (the official quilting style of MMQG ☺) seemed fitting for this ocean themed quilt. I used a light grey... you know I'm not brave enough for high contrast quilting!
The Deets  
Title: Not a Nautical Disaster
Size:40 by 48 inches
Fabric Used: Fussy cut nautical prints (lots from Rae Ritchie's Into the Reef) and blenders in teal, blue, navy, and grey
Konas Used: Nautical, Silver
Quilting: Wavy organic in light grey
Binding: Dear Stella Into the Reef Painted Anchor, Kona Nautical 
Backing: Pieced with prints from the quilt top
Favourite Part(s): fussy cutting all those sea creatures and hitting my stash for coordinating blenders
I blogged about the early stages of this quilt here.
Writing this post has inspired me. Time to get to the post office and send this to its recipient before he's too big to sleep under it! I'm also linking up with some of my Friday favs - TGIFF @ Celtic Stitches and Finish up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts. Head on over and check out some lovely finishes!



  1. Lovely finish! And I do like that surfboard pic.

  2. Love it! The colors and theme are wonderful!

  3. Beautiful work. I love the fussy cut motifs, they are really cute. Gorgeous colour selections.

  4. Love the quilt and your beautiful pictures! I just finished a nautical themed quilt for my soon to be born grand-son! :-)

  5. Definitely not a nautical disaster! The surf board and dory make lovely photography props, but there is nothing like a pebble beach for visual beauty and sound. I just told my husband that I want a pebble beach wave sound simulator yesterday!

  6. I love the colours and the fussy cutting and everything about this quilt. It is a gem! Lucky little brother!

  7. Ah...I was missing those gorgeous on-location photos of yours. Simply lovely!

  8. Very natty and nautical; nice! I like the simplicity of the little framed fussy cuts and all the squares lined up. Very ship shape :)

  9. Quite beautiful! Wonderful photo shoot, too! Excellent read, as well!

  10. This is just a lovely post! And I love your quilts, of course!

  11. That's smashing! And a great compromise of fussy cutting but not insane levels of work. (Am still waiting to quilt MY polaroid quilt.) I know the baby won't care but I hope the family loves the quilt.

  12. This is a really, really lovely quilt for a child (or anyone nautical). It just proves that you don't have to be silly about time and microscopic piecing to make something fabulous. I love the shades of blue you used.

  13. Pretty projects and great idea,Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing !


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