Friday 26 June 2015

Nautical: A Finished Quilt

One of my co-workers is expecting a very surprise delivery in August- a little boy. She was told she was unable to conceive children and then was surprised by her daughter's appearance eight years ago. Now here comes baby #2!

Her nursery brief was "navy, grey and white with a little accent of red." Now that I could manage! I opted to use my go-to tumbler quilt pattern because I thought it suited her style and is quite easy. All the fabric came from my stash (many even from my scraps) which felt good.

Here is Nautical:
You can see that I opted for random navy and grey squares and a white border. The hint of red is in the binding which I think adds a nice little surprise pop of contrast.

I did something completely out of my comfort zone for the backing. I free-form pieced a log cabin type of block out of the scraps from the front, framed it in a red-on-red Pearl Bracelet and then did the rest in Kona White. I totally dig it.

This was so out of my comfort zone. I don't know if I would make these exact choices again but for spontaneous piecing with scraps I think it turned out pretty well.

I used my walking foot to straight-line quilt on either side of each seam line. This included lots of stopping and turning the quilt to get the echo on the tumbler pattern. I love that it creates this interesting look on the back of the quilt amidst all that white.

There are some favourite fabrics in there and it was especially hard to cut into my April Rhodes Arizona print but I think it is the standout pattern in this quilt.
White may not seem super practical for a new baby but this mom, I am certain, will love it. She insists on everything being pristine. Good luck with baby two, Mama!

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Lovely, as always! Way to go on free piecing the fun little block on the back. There's nothing quite like improv to get the creative juices flowing. I've yet to make a tumbler quilt.. I'll have to add it to the list. As for white not being very practical, pfft. It just lets you know when it's dirty so you can wash it. ☺

  2. Wow! I've never made the tumbler block before, but I really like it. I like how you quilted it as well. Kudos on the pieced back.

  3. I love the fact that it looks like two quilts in one, with both sides being just as good as each other! The tumbler side looks fantastic, well done!

  4. What a lovely quilt and the back is as good as the front.

  5. For a pristine mom there is nothing better than white. Great idea for the back by the way. Great quilt all around. Debbie