May. 26th, 2010

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I'm finally getting around to posting about the quilt that ostensibly started this blog. I believe this quilt brings my total to 11 finished quilted projects. Not all of them were full sized quilts (like I made a couple bags or wall hangings, etc).

This is a sort of small twin sized quilt that I made for my daughter's best friend. I had been wanting to make her a quilt, but didn't feel inspired.... until we did fish printing and the middle piece (the four starfish) got left behind.

I had some other fish prints that I had done, or my kids had done, and so I threw them in the mix and came up with

I put a nice wide red flannel on the back to make it cozy and snuggly (apparently it had the intended effect as the child sleeps with it every night:))

If you want to see more pictures of the quilt, you can find them in my picasa album here:

I loved the challenge of tying all the elements together. I knew I wanted to do Ocean Waves around the central square, but trying to figure out how to frame the other fish was tricky. One thing I learned was that fudging can really work for you. If you look very closely at the red seahorses you might notice that the fish up to the left on top of the triangles is kind of chopped off and the corner doesn't match up another corner. I think the bigger picture is more interesting and it was worth fudging there to make the triangles go where they were supposed to go.

My quilting process is pretty organic. I like to start with a rough idea and then start cutting up fabric and putting it on my design wall. I haven't had a usable design wall for months and I am feeling quite hobbled. Soon, it will be back up and I'll be furiously working. In the mean time I am madly trying to finish up two wall hangings for preschool teachers and then I have a baby quilt to finish (top is done) for my upcoming niece. I have two twin size quilts I'd love to get to over the summer for teens who are going off to college and then I have a friend I want to make a quilt for and my 5 year old daughter insists that her quilt is next (since her sister got one last year:)).

I was inspired to post this because of this. Go check it out!


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