I had no idea what to give my Dad for his 70th birthday. Last year I had made a quilt for my Mum’s 70th so it made sense to make him a quilt too… there was nothing else he wants, he’s one of those people who when you ask them what they would like, they say ‘nothing’!
But what do I make?
Then a little shopping trip with a friend in a local town gave me the perfect inspiration (read as ‘loony tune stupid idea). I found this card, “Shadow Racers” designed by Andrew Pavitt.
All of a sudden the
idiot voice in my head said, ‘That would make a great quilt! So I spend the next few weeks working out how the hell I would recreate this in quilt form.
I had never really done curves before, other than on Mum’s quilt so I tried out the porthole method I learned from Sarah Ashford. A few practices with some scraps helped me work out the curved water at the bottom of the image.
Once I was happy with how I was going to do it, I ordered my fabric and got going!
Once the bottom curved border was made, I stopped and realised, I had no idea how the hell I was going to do the rest of the thing! I was so focused on the curves, I hadn’t considered all the other parts! I had a few weeks break to get my head round it and then one weekend I just put my head down and started ‘hacking and sewing’ my very precise way of
bodging it quilting!
Slowly but surely it came together. Quilted in straight lines in a pale grey and bound in white. I want to say this was a labour of love, but by the end I was ready to throw it in the ocean and see if it really would sail away!
We took it with us to Cornwall where we celebrated Dad’s birthday, it was the perfect location for photos!
Safe to say, Dad loved it!
Quilt: Sail Away – Boat Quilt
Size: 117cm x 181cm
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Fabric: Kona cottons, backed with pieces Kona cotton and bits and bobs in blue and finished with white kona binding
Lives: At my parents house