The Boathouse Quilt

62572818_10217158581211190_503893221093408768_nThis summer, much of my sewing has revolved around presents. My daughters are of an age when many of their friends are getting married and having babies, so I am thrilled to commemorate the events in fabric. They are thrilled to have me do it. One lovely young lady is getting a cushion, but I felt she was being short changed, and I thought, “I’ll make her a quilt.” She’s very socially and environmentally conscious, so I dragged out my orphan blocks with the intention of crafting them into a present. I sent this picture to my daughter, her good friend, who said, “No to the quilt, Mom. The cushion will be perfect.” Translation: “I love the cushion, but that quilt is out of control.”65396086_10217158560210665_4575262711482417152_nI can’t honestly say I blamed her, but I realized that I wanted to make the quilt. I REALLY wanted to make the quilt. I thought, “Who will want this?”. The obvious answer was, “Me.” It would live by the water, keeping me cozy in the early mornings and late evenings when I took beverages of various kinds to enjoy beside the pond. It would be my Boathouse quilt.

Talk about a dREAMi project! I dropped everything, including the cushion, and made this quilt. It took a week, start to finish, despite the fact I work most days and had a number of evening social events. We won’t discuss when I started sewing in the morning. Firstly, I turned the compass into a square. It looks like it no longer points due north, but when it is on my wharf, it does. The wharf faces north west.

The wall was too small. I moved the blocks onto the design floor. You think I’m joking? The floor has an open staircase on one side, so you can go partly upstairs and survey it. 

The arrangement on the left came first. Then I found some more orphans.  I removed the screaming curved block on the right edge and substituted a star. Some placements were obvious, like the flying geese with the flying goose, but others were not. I felt there needed to be a unifying element. There were lots of 2″ squares, but that didn’t quite do the trick. Then I discovered some strips of 1″ squares that I had assembled for another project but didn’t use. All of a sudden, I was happy. I did a little more editing as I assembled the flimsy, making changes on the fly. Partial seams and rotary cutter were keys to success.

Then I purchased some thick, very soft fleece, and some thin polyester batting and quilted it. I’m always a little leery of backing with stretchy fleece, and keep the motifs simple- I have had some very puckering experiences. This went amazingly well. There are flowers and waves and hearts and fish and a giant feather. There are even a few words, like “hen, turkey, chicken, DUCK.”  That was our chant to get reluctant swimmers in the water. It’s Ok. You don’t have to get in today. 65687728_10217158581171189_7579872354017214464_nAh, the joys of living alone! I have a sewing room and a half downstairs, but love to use the kitchen table for binding quilts. On went the plain navy; anything else was just too much for this fussy quilt. I finished hand sewing it down this morning and took it to the pond to take some pictures.

The fog was just lifting, and the light was really amazing, all bright but diffused. Here are some shots.

I’m calling it the Boathouse Quilt. Here’s the boathouse with its quilt in front.

You can just imagine me, sitting in the chair, enjoying the view.

These are the results of my change in vantage point: standing, sitting and lying.

When the sun was almost out, I tried to get some shots of the texture, but they’re not great. The quilt is quilted. You can trust me on that. 62572818_10217158581211190_503893221093408768_nBecause this is my absolutely favourite shot, I’m showing it again. And now, I must get back to that cushion.

Happy week of celebrating on both sides of the 49th parallel.

Linking up with Sandra’s dREAMi round up at mmmquilts

and Dione at the Clever Chameleon.

18 thoughts on “The Boathouse Quilt

  1. This is simply the most amazing quilt. It would be so hard to plan from scratch, it’s a one of a kind and I can feel the memories oozing out of it from here. Now it is all together it looks amazing, much more so than the first recipient probably could imagine. That first photo might have frightened me too. But in the end I think this quilt belongs with you on that deck. Thank you for sharing.


  2. This is really beautiful and I’m glad you kept it for yourself! What a beautiful setting (meaning the natural setting) for a beautiful quilt! My favorite is the goose!!


  3. Love, love, LOVE this Ann. And your view is to die for, all standing, sitting and lying. Don’t you feel accomplished using those orphan blocks. They are orphans no longer and will now keep you nice and cozy. On to the requested cushion – can’t wait to see that as well. ~smile~ Roseanne


  4. I admire your resourcefulness and tenacity; not to mention your enthusiasm while making this quilt. I love how the blocks are connected to previous projects and gifts, reminding you of people and places. How could one ask for anything more?


  5. Oh my goodness, I love the quilt! And yes, I can see you there in that chair, with your quilt tucked around you, sipping on a steamy mug of coffee/tea, and I’m just a wee bit (okay, a whole lot) jealous! Enjoy! I think I’m glad you kept the quilt!


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