Life Preservers – A Finished Quilt

I enjoy working with a fabric a second time and the seaside collection, and I intentional purchased a bit of this for the summer art sale on the island that I live on. For this quilt, I chose a pattern from Just One Charm Pack* by Cheryl Brickey. It was fun and fast to make and I highly recomment it.

Making Life Bouy

As I was planning this quilt, I purchased an off white background, perfect, but I realized there were too many off white pieces with some printing but not enough to read another color. So, off to the store and this fabulous grey would be perfect. Even now, I wish some of those pieces had a little more color in them! I make it a point to use the fabric in the group if I am doing something like this, so here is what happened.

I began sewing it together on retreat in April.

Soon it was a full top. A narrow blue border would be added at home.

I think you do get the illusion of the life preserve, but maybe next time I make my own charm pack!

Quilting Ships Ahoy

I felt this quilt definitely needed a wave pantograph. I had two choices and decided to use Catching Bubbles from My Creative Stitches. It is a great design and stitched flawlessly.

I love the texture this pantograph created. Like its sibling quilt, I used the same Superior So Fine and Decobob in the the bobbin. The backing too is the same.

This rocking and rolling wavy design is really fun for the quilt.

I love the striped binding – which I sewed to the back – then sewed by machine to the front.

Glamour Shots

Then, I decided to take it for some photos around the island.

First, it was a bit too windy, but what a beautiful day for the sky and water!

We moved on to the local lobster shack….a little more water and sky….not as much wind.

Then a few shots from the front porch. Not sure what happened in the last one! Pollen is out of control but I don’t think that was it. It is hard to get the quilting on the back to show in the photos, which is funny as it is so obvious in real life.

This was my favorite with the life preserver in it! Funny that you need one on land, but you just may if you have too much fun at Reggae Sunday. Thanks for tolerating my photo shoot day, but it was fun to take it around and enjoy the gorgeous weather – 65 and not a cloud in the sky – perfection.

Quilt Stats

Life Perservers: 48″ x 48″
Thread: Piecing: Aurifil Dove
Quilting Top: Superior So Fine #408 Silver 
Bobbin: Wonderfil Decobob #103 Grey
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 
Pantograph: Catching Bubbles from My Creative Stitches

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In the negative zone with this quilt!
Fabric in this month: 2.0
Fabric out this month: 9.5
Fabric in this year: 38.25
Fabric out this year: 41.25
NET Fabric: -3.0 yards!

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