The rules of the challenge state the the mini quilt must have been finished in the past 6 months, be under 24" square, and have used at least one new-to-you technique, and this mini fits the bill perfectly. I was really excited when I saw the first post about the challenge because it gave me a chance to do a proper post on this little wall hanging. I never got good pictures back in February when I finished it, what with the weather and the rush to get it done for the baby shower, so it never got the debut it deserved.
This mini is meant to be a wall hanging; I call it "Sea Dreams". It was a baby shower present for a friend expecting her second son. She decided to keep the ocean nursery theme from her first baby and I couldn't have been happier with that ! (You can see the sea-life mobile I made for her first baby here.)
This whole design started when I fell in love with the Constellations fabrics and started thinking about how to use them in a present for this baby. I wanted the design to be a little whimsical and appropriate for a baby, but also to be able to grow with him and something his parents would appreciate. I also wanted to incorporate some real nautical-ness (is that a word?) into it.
|Sunset over the Pacific|
|Sunrise, the water is so calm|
The flags are tied with black thread to a line of seine twine, a kind of tarred, synthetic line used on boats. This little piece was one of a few that found their way back from the boats with me in my pockets and in the bottom of my bag. I tied stopper knots on both ends and tacked it down to the quilt.
The tiny piecing on the flags was a learning experience for sure and it will be a while before I try to tackle something that small again.
The boat I freehanded onto iron on transfer. After ironing down the fabric to the background sky and waves I blanket stitched around the edge.
The easy-curves piecing on the waves was, as promised, surprisingly easy! I pulled out my stack of blue solids and improved my way through the waves, choosing what would come next and where to make the waves crest and dip as I went. The patterned fabric I used in the waves is called "Supernova" but when I look at it I see the star and moonlight sparkling reflections on the water.
I opted not to quilt the mini beyond stitch-in-the-ditch and a few scattered stars hidden in the star field so as not to overwhelm the design.
|I always have at least one kitty helper with pictures|
This is my original design
Measures 16"x24" (barely within the size limit, whew!)
Lizzy House Constellations + solids
Batting is Warm and Natural
New-to-me techniques were easy curves (for the waves) + 3D pieced elements (the flags)
Thank you to Jennifer for hosting, and thank you to Lea, Chris' mama, for letting me borrow his present back to take pictures of it. Baby Chris arrived in April and he is the most precious thing :)
Also linking to Finish it Friday.