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.


  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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