Monday, 30 May 2011

'Hey Ho Sailor' ready to sail

I love long bank holiday weekends. The weather wasn't great though. The sun came out a bit yesterday afternoon and is actually trying again this morning but on the plus side I was able to guilt free sew and sew and sew. If the sun is out then I need to be out, if the sun is "in" then I like to be in too.

I used the unsteady meteorological situation to finish my 'Hey Ho Sailor' quilt that I started a couple of weeks ago with the Westfalenfabric. It has turned out beautifully and I love everything about it but I think most of all the fantastic back.
The front is made of squares with a border of half square triangles to continue with the nautical theme.





For the back I chose a rather indulgent story line print by 'Fred and Poppy'. This is a 100 % cotton fabric that does look and feel like a soft linen and tells a wonderful seaside story on the selvedge and has lots of shells, kits, fish all manner of seaside "things" printed on the pastel blue . This fabric is printed in England and available at my local quilt shop Tikki. I chose pastel blue and cream to stay within my colour palette. The print is extra wide and happened to actually fit perfectly in the width. I just had to add a little bit of a cream border to fit the length but that is almost invisible as the cream matches perfectly. I am so glad I found the fabric.







I chose a binding from Moda's 'Rural Jardin' range that matches the seaside theme and colours and  has lovely stripes that frame the quilt. I wanted something with red in the binding so it would "pop" a bit. ( I do love binding that pops !).



I quilted just outside the stitch lines following the squares to keep it simple. The quilt isn't heavily quilted but I still used four and a bit bobbin wheels of Gueterman Sulky No 1071 thread.



And here the rundown on size and pattern:
  • Quilt size 62.5 inches square (159 cm square)
  • Squares for the inside are 5 inches (finished size 4.5). You need 122 squares
  • Sashing around the squares is 2.5 inches (finished size 2 inches)
  • 72 squares of 4.0 inches (finished size 3.0 inches)  for the HST (half square triangles); 36 each of patterned and solid fabric
  • Outer sashing around the HST border is 1.5 inches (finished size 1 inch)

This is a fairly easy pattern but really effective through the HST border.

I am selling this quilt in my ETSY shop.  Sold

Links to previous posts regarding the quilt and fabric can be found here, here and here.

11 comments:

  1. I'm in love with your quilt! I loved the top when I saw it on Flickr but the fabric you've chosen for the backing just puts it over the top! It's Gorgeous!!!! I don't think I could part with it if I were you!

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  2. This is beautiful. I love that backing too. BUT You always do nice work. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful - would make a gorgeous beach/picnic rug - oh bring on summer! Jxo

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  4. This is a lovely quilt and I especially love that fabric on the back!

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  5. Great combinations - makes me think of sandcastles, icecream and jumping over the waves - well not me doing the last one you understand!

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  6. Wonderful quilt. It just works on every level. Bet that it sells very quickly!

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  7. Really lovely, and you're quite right, the backing is just beautiful!

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  8. this quilt is fantastic.

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  9. Nice quilt. I really love the back. It can be really hard to line the backing up just right.

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  10. This is lovely!!! I want some of the fabric you used for the backing, so fun :0)

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  11. really great quilt. i love the fabric on the back. : )

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