I decided to get this quilt done for a variety of reasons. The recipient is in a "pirate phase" and I figured I should get it done before the stage passes. He is also coming to visit in a few weeks and I wanted it ready by then. The schedule is very full from now until July with: two graduations, a wedding (and all that goes with that), a surgery for my husband, a visit from his son and grandson and a trip with my sister. I get tired just thinking about it. So, I decided to finish this quilt and close up shop until this craziness is over. Also, my sewing room becomes guest sleeping quarters, so half finished projects can't be left out strewn about. Here it is:
I used a treasure map pattern for the back:
I had a lot of fun with this quilt. I especially liked making the sailboat blocks and the quilting. I started out thinking I would use the "Turning Twenty" pattern, but it didn't accommodate my center "flag" or the end size I wanted, so I have some blocks that follow that pattern and some just plain pieces. Then I "stitched in the ditch" using a clear thread on top. That didn't provide enough quilting for some of the blocks, so I put X's on the individual blocks. Finally I did a diamond pattern on the flag. That turned out to be SO much easier than I thought and in hindsight I should have just used that pattern all over the quilt in the traditional manner. But, I'm not a traditional gal, so I have to do it my way first, I guess and then decide that the traditional way has merit. What can I say?? I also made a bias binding for the edge...another first for me. I didn't do so well at the corners, so I'll have to work on that next time. I had some leftovers, so I made a pillowcase using the "inside out" pattern. This pattern is all over the Internet, but here's a link (Is anyone really reading this blog?) It was a lot easier than I expected and I liked the result. In fact I'm thinking, "Pillowcases for everyone" for Christmas!