This quilt has been rumbling around in my head for a year and a half, since my DS Ryan married his love of many years, Kim. We all went on a cruise in the summer of 2013 and then they got married on the beach at Cocoa Beach.
First, Ryan and Kim got to pick the colors, and then I showed them lots of pictures for style. The quilt was loosely based on the pattern for a baby quilt called Flowers in the Sunshine by Sweet Jane on Etsy. But we wanted a larger quilt, so essentially I began collecting fabric by quadrupling the size and fabric requirements. Sometimes collecting fabric for a project is hard to stop, so I ended up with lots to chose from. :-)
As I started the piecing process, I realized I wanted large motifs in the quilt, so worked out a plan to have four; a seahorse, a starfish, an anchor and a dolphin.
But I couldn`t leave out the octopus which was the featured character in Saltwater. So, he got pride of place as the large central motif. For the octopus image, I traced the octo from Tula’s line, then kept enlarging and simplifying it (knowing I was going to have to stitch down every tentacle).
The other images I just pulled from the internet or my imagination and then enlarged. All fabrics were backed with a fusible onto which I drew the pattern in reverse, then cut out. They were fused to the white fabric and then stitched down before being pieced into the quilt.
I was waiting for a sunny day to get outside to take pictures, and once I got out, I kicked myself for not taking pictures when it was cloudy with more diffused light. So, these will need to be retaken.
After finishing, there was a lot of time spent snipping threads so they would not show through the white. And then it was off to be quilted (by Quilted Works in St. George, UT). I love the swirls they did - reminds me of ocean water and looks especially nice with the backing print, Sea Debris from Saltwater. The binding is scrappy leftovers.
Finished Size: 86 x 78”
Fabric: Saltwater by Tula Pink (with bits of Les Amis, Luxe in Bloom and others)
Backing: Sea Debris, Saltwater
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Easton, Kim, Ryan, Lauren
Although it’s been a year and a half since the wedding, (and over 8 years that they’ve been together as a family) this is the first wedding picture I have posted.
I’m linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts