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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Fall 2011 entry "Sailing with the Flying Needles"

Amy'sCreativeSideWow!  Another wonderful Bloggers’ Quilt Festival! Thanks for organizing these, Amy. Go on over, folks, and check out all the super-fantastic quilts that folks have been making.





My favorite personal finish since the Spring Festival is my Sailing with the Flying Needles. It just turned out so wonderful.

81 x 81
Each month our local guild has a BOM drawing, where anyone who brings a block made in the designated pattern gets a chance to win the drawing for taking home all of those blocks. I got to take home all these wonderful sailboats last August.


I remember distinctly the moment I finally came up with how I wanted to arrange them: I was sitting in the car, waiting to pick up Dev outside the “band loop,” and I had to grab napkins out of the glove box to scribble down sketches before I forgot what I wanted to do.

Koko telling me this project is HIS
I already had the mariner’s compass. I had made it at the guild’s quilt retreat the prior March, and never got it finished up as the intended wall hanging. (I was really glad about that, as it went perfectly with the boat blocks!)

Its construction was an exercise in working with different ladies’ stitching levels, as some blocks had size issues due to uneven ¼” seams. I had to pick out and mostly redo a couple blocks because the seams were so large, the blocks were actually a good ½” too small. Eventually they all came together perfectly, and I was in love with the effect of the top.


Patty did a fantastic job quilting it for me. I had a panto of dolphins and sailboats that I wanted in the wide borders, and wanted roping on the turquoise outlines, but left the rest up to her. It was like Christmas the day I picked it up!  lol 


Got the binding on pretty quick and washed the quilt, but there was still a lot of work left, because I wanted embellishments on this one. I hand stitched little shells all around the compass. Each one is triple-stitched and knotted individually, just in case. 



The turquoise ropes are bordered by a shell trim and striped ribbon – which I washed and dried on the rack in my dryer 3 separate times because I knew the twill tape would shrink quite a bit and much differently than the ribbon. Then I carefully sewed the trims on.

And THEN I decided I had to hand-stitch each individual dangly into position so that when the quilt is hanging, gravity wouldn’t pull them out of position.


I got to watch quite a few movies over several evenings to get “Sailing” finised!  But, oh, how I love her!


23 comments:

  1. wow, your mariner's compass is perfect! i love all the different boats. great quilt!

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  2. How fun to win all those cool blocks! I love the mariner's compass, I have wanted to try one of those!!!! Very nice quilt!

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  3. You put everything together amazingly! Great quilt!

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  4. Love it!! I am so glad you saved that compass, so perfect! And the trim is just the right touch!!

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  5. I love love love this one Lynette!!!!

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  6. So cute! I love it! The compass just makes it.

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  7. It's a beautiful quilt, Lyn. It speaks volumes about your dedication to make the quilt yours - from the blocks made by others but remade by you, to the handsewn embellishments. The time you put into it shows! The theme is perfect for your part of the country too. Very well done, I must stay.

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  8. Beautiful quilt. I like how you worked up your own setting using different elements.

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  9. What a wonderful quilt! and cute kitty.

    Really great job.

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  10. Greetings from Hungary. I love the asymmetrical quilt. The colors are beautiful. Very nice work. Fine in stapled

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  11. What a great quilt. I love your quilt inspector too.

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  12. Very nice quilt. I especially like the picture of the cat lying on the quilt. That's what cats love to do, isn't it.

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  13. I am so in love with this quilt - I love everything nautical anyway, but this is spectacular! I especially love all the embellished touches that really set it off!

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  14. It looks like you made the mariner's compass to go with the blocks! Very well matched. I love the whole design - and all the embellishments.

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  15. That is really cool! I love the compass in the center! So great!

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  16. That is an amazing quilt, I always love that part of a guild!! And one day, I will make it to the meetings!

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  17. I love the sailing theme! What a great idea to put the mariner's block in the middle and to sew on shells. Very creative and very well executed.

    Thanks for the comment on my kimono quilt! I would love to see yours when you make it!

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  18. This was the perfect setting for the sailboat blocks, - I love your idea of the mariners compass in the center.

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  19. What a wonderful quilt ! Love the attention to detail especially with the embellishments. Just great. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  20. Oh, I just posted a quilt with sail boats and a mariner's compass. I like the idea of using blocks made by others. That was a very nice plan.

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