A couple months back I was asked if I would consider making a quilt for a friend who would give it away as a gift to her best friend who was expecting a boy.
I’m not normally able to commit to commissioned projects but it looked like such a neat quilt. And, I got to go carte blanche shopping at my local quilt shop (wooooo!!! start the car!!!).
What I found so cool about this quilt project was that all of the sky and water pieces are curved.
The technique I chose for this was to lay my pieces so that they overlapped by an inch. Using my rotary cutter, I cut a wavy line between the two pieces. Then place right sides together and pin in place – inching the two sides together slowly to get a good fit. Sew with a quarter inch seam, open up and press. It was time consuming but the end result was perfect.
I quilted the water and sky parts of the quilt with wavy lines. And then used free motion quilting to add wind around the sails. I’ve just finished the Design it, Quilt it Craftsy class by Cindy Needham where she talked a lot about adding direction to quilting with designs. I took this into consideration when I added the wind detail.
All of the quilting was done using my favourite Aurifil thread. I can’t say enough about how lovely this thread is to work with. I used to have all kinds of tension and breakage issues before I switched to using Aurifil… now it’s smooth sailing! (See what I did there!)