We've had a boat quilt in our family for years. It's been so loved that it's old, tattered, and incredibly soft. As our kids have reached adult hood and moved out, the boat quilt has disappeared a few times, and I've had to go run it down.
So I decided to make boat quilts for the grandkids. I started making boat blocks from all my favorite scraps.
I've been saving this binding fabric for a special quilt.
40" x 42"
block size 8 1/2"
fabric is scrappy
negative space is Kona bleached white
warm & white cotton batting
The nursery is all ready to go. Now we're just waiting for a baby . . .
I jumped on this band-wagon a little late, so you may be sick of seeing "trip around the world quilts"
This quilt was so fast and easy since it uses 2 1/2" strips, which I already had. This is the 3rd quilt to be made with this collection of fabric and I'm proud to say it's all gone!!!
design wall . . .
I think this magazine was what started the whole parade, and it was fun to be able to find one.
But the easiest tutorial I've found for this quilt is to sew tubes with your strips. You can find that tutorial here.
There are so many options to this quilt. I've seen a low volume version from Miss Rosie's quilt's, I've seen them with borders, and without borders (my favorite), you can color coordinate or just go scrappy . . .
But the best part is that you can use up all your scraps! All of them . . . no picking and choosing. (Well, I did throw in the blue to add interest)
I've been dying to try this "orange peel" fmqing design. It amazingly easy.
Mark a grid onto your fabric like this
Or like this . . .
Then starting at the bottom, scale up one column curving your diagonal line to the next corner like so . . . (bad set of photos, sorry)
Then, back down that same column swinging your diagonal line in a downward curve like so . . .
Then on to the next column.
If you're lucky, your piecing will have the grid marked for you.
Here's a tutorial by "Oh Frasson". She explains it better than me. (and has better pictures)
I made this quilt for my mother-in-law who was just diagnosed with cancer. She'll be sitting in her reclining chair A LOT for a while. I wanted her to have something to remind her of all the great crafts we did together through the years. They live out in the country where these photos are taken.
I even had this left over strip from a previous project for the back.
Give away closed I'd love to give away this great magazine. If you're interested, leave me a nice comment :)