19 October 2017

Deep Blue


Making progress! Finished boy quilt number Three of Nine! (Or Quilts for Christmas number Nine of Fifteen!)

This baby was created from Jelly Shelly leftovers, Arctic Skies leftovers and some choice leftovers from friends' projects, exchanged during my Snowflake QAL last summer! Once again, even the batting is crafted from leftovers.

What is super thrilling for me about this particular quilt is that my grandson and Jo's grandson will each grow up with a quilt containing some of the same sea fabrics. The two boys will have common threads even before they know they have common threads!


During my Snowflake QAL, in which I finished a quilt for one of the girls on my Christmas list, I realized I had nearly enough blue leftovers to make a second charm square quilt for a boy. I put out a call for an exchange... asking if readers had any blue charm squares suitable for boys they'd like to trade for snowflake squares for the quilt-a-long.

I hadn't yet considered an ocean theme for the boy quilt, but the exchange resulted in just enough sea life blocks to finish my boy quilt. Three panels leftover from another project provided visual as well as geometric interest because they were larger than five inches. I used blue strips left over from Owl Be Striped to make the panels big enough to equal four joined charm squares.


While auditioning the squares, I decided a vertical light-to-dark placement might create a visual ocean wave. Before I began assembling, The Lizard studied my layout and said this is his favorite so far of all the kid quilts I've made because of the wavy light-to-dark effect. What an absolute thrill!


While cutting the Jelly Shelly jelly roll strips, I often found myself wishing I'd bought enough of the seashell fabric to make a dress, too. This fabric is so gorgeous. While making today's quilt, I wished once again I'd bought another four yards of this luscious fabric.


Rather than piece the back of the quilt, I bought two yards of dark blue global ocean maps and crafted the backing.


Once I finished the straight-line quilting, I planned to use one of the uncut blue Jelly Shelly remnants for the binding. But none of them was big enough! So I pulled out my blue Kona stash and selected a navy blue which hadn't made it into any of my other quilts. It was the only blue solid big enough to make a binding!

After I finished the binding, The Lizard walked around the neighborhood with me helping snap some awesome autumn shots before all the brilliant leaves are gone. What a great way to finish off this project!








Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts, Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

12 comments :

  1. Just keep swimming. The sea creatures really pop indeed. Berry nicely done.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Berry nicely done?!? CUTE! Thanks, Pat!

      Delete
  2. Hi,
    Well you have an A-one great quilter holder there! Stunning photos for the backdrop of a really cute quilt. Just look at those deep blues against the oranges - ooh, you couldn't have staged it any better. This is such a happy quilt. I cannot believe you are making 15 (!!!!!) quilts for Christmas. WOWEE I hope all the recipients realize how lucky they are. ~smile~ Roseanne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Roseanne! I must confess, I LOVE my quilt holder! :) The 15 quilts for Christmas is a bit of a story, but I'll be sharing that after the gifting. It will be very much worth it, and I'm sure the recipients are going to be overjoyed. I'm anxiously looking forward to it, especially now that I think I'm actually going to make it on time!

      Delete
  3. Beautiful! I love the light to dark placement.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Kat! I do like the dimension that color placement provides!

      Delete
  4. Beautiful quilt! Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Friday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Myra, for providing a great linkup every week!

      Delete
  5. It looks stunning against those red leaves! Lucky boy.

    I can't help wondering what Seven of Nine (quilt) will look like....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sue!!! Ha ha! 7 of 9 likely will be dinosaurs. Perhaps shapely dinosaurs ?!? :)

      Delete
  6. Those are adorable - and look so amazing against the fall colors!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Alycia! Added motivation besides trying to finish 15 quilts by Christmas this time of year... Try to finish as many quilts as I can to take pictures in front of the gorgeous fall colors that are almost gone now!!!

      Delete


Dusty words lying under carpets,
seldom heard, well must you keep your secrets
locked inside, hidden deep from view?
You can talk to me... (Stevie Nicks)

All spam is promptly and cheerfully deleted without ever appearing in print.

I apologize for turning off anonymous posting for a while. Too much garbage coming through; hope to get anonymous comments turned back on after a short break. If you don't have a Google account and need to contact me, please use the email address in the sidebar. Thank you!

Related Posts with Thumbnails