Sail Away Baby Quilt

Sail Away Baby QuiltI love a challenge.

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!!!). 

Sail Away Baby Quilt

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.

Sail Away Baby QuiltI 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!)

Sail Away Baby QuiltI was so happy with how this quilt came together. I hope its new little recipient enjoys it for many, many years.

Sail Away Baby Quilt

3 thoughts on “Sail Away Baby Quilt

  1. Brenda

    Lovely! I do a lot of that curved piecing technique and almost never pin. How big did this turn out? Watch my blog for a baby quilt I just finished.

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