Sunday, 11 August 2013

Summer Beach Quilt

I have been talking about my dad alot lately, but I wanted to show you my latest creation, and this just happens to be all about him. The story begins with this quilt I made for him last year...

Dad's nautical quilt

 He works as a Harbor Master in Rockport, Texas and has always loved sailboats and sailing. When I was a teenager I would get so mad because he would wake me up at 5am on Saturday morning so we could get out to the sailboat in time to watch the sunrise. At the time I thought it was stupid, but now it's one of those things I appreciate more as an adult. Anyway, I made him the blue and white nautical quilt with a pinwheel pattern. I think it's a great quilt for a guy that sails, but this summer I went to visit him down on the coast, and I started to feel like this quilt didn't really capture what the summer, or the beach, or sailing was all about--at least not in Rockport. Rockport is full of color--there are flowers blooming and cute little cottages everywhere.

rockport cottage

cottage in rockport

flowers in rockport

 I told my dad (at the time) that I would like to make a quilt that really reflected the beauty of where he lives. A couple of weeks after I returned home to England, he called me and he asked if I would make a new quilt for him to give as a gift. Apparently the quilt I made him is very popular at the marina store where the air-conditioning is too cold for the employees. He keeps the quilt at his job, but his coworkers are always stealing it. In order to get his quilt back he wanted to start giving the employees their own quilts, and one of them is having a birthday soon, so he requested I make it in time for that. The only requirement, he told me, was that it was pink. I'm a pink-lover myself, but I know that too much pink can get a little nauseating, unless you're under the age of 5. So I decided to use Marmalade fabric by Bonnie and Camille. It's colorful, summery, it has pink, and overall it's just pretty. I was just going to make a magic jelly roll quilt, but I started thinking about it, and I knew this would be a perfect time to make the quilt that would really capture what I wanted to achieve. I didn't have a pattern to go by, so I started kinda drawing out what I wanted, and then drafted it up on the Threadbias quilt tool. Then came the fun part!

Summer beach quilt

Summer beach quilt sailboats

Beach Quilt

Summer beach quiilt

I used the jelly roll to make the striped sails and scrappy border, and used other cuts of fabric I had to make everything else. I would have really like to get some "pinterest-worthy" photos, but alas, I'm not at that level yet. You can see all the wrinkles when the sun is so bright!!! But anyway, I really am in love with this quilt. I want to make another one for myself, and I'm going to be adding some tutorials for the sailboats, cottages, and fish, so in case anyone ever reads my blog that actually wants to make one, they can! :)

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