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Nautical Mini Quilt

Improv-piecing wonky letters is my new favorite thing to sew – I love the simplicity of starting with strips of fabric and no ruler or rotary cutter in sight!  It’s still a new way of thinking for me, but lots of fun to practice.

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

he Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

I decided to add something to my wall of nautical art – so here it is:

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

I started with a sailboat block  (tutorial here).  Then I pieced the letters together using Tonya Riccuci’s Word Play  Quilts as a guide.  At first I used all red for the letters, but then Sam pointed out that the second word needed some definition – there’s not enough room to add more space between the words, so I needed to add a different color into the mix to set the two words apart.

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

And then when I settled on the polka dots, it seemed too random all by itself so I used the same fabric for the border.  I’m finding that I enjoy this more go-with-the-flow piecing, instead of following a pattern!  I added a few borders, and I was satisfied.

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

I like using the pillowcase method for mini quilts – layer the background fabric right side up, the quilt top layered right side down, with the batting on top.  Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge, leaving a gap of 3-4″ at the end.  Pull through the gap until everything is right side out, poking the corners out with a chopstick/knitting needle.

For the back of the quilt, I used the sky fabric, and stretched it a bit further with a band of dots.

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

I quilted a simple grid to finish it up, and added a label.

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

I love this addition to my nautical wall!

This little wall has gone through a few different arrangements since it’s inception – isn’t that the best part of a gallery wall?  No need for it to remain the same.  The ceiling is pretty high… it looks like any new art will have to start travelling up the wall!

Before I went for the gallery, I attempted to make this Japanese scarf work on the awkward wall between the hallway and the bathroom.  Unfortunately, it was too big for the space.

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

My first nautical grouping started like this:

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Art Wall

Then I won (!) a print of my choosing from Little Things Studio, and it was added to the wall.  (She has the best quotes!)

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Art Wall

“A Ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Art Wall

And now, I’ve rearranged things slightly to accommodate my new mini quilt:

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

The only thing I worry about is that it looks – what’s the word exactly? – maybe childish?  Like it belongs in a nursery or kid’s room, not exactly fitting with the (more grown-up?) quotes and prints surrounding it.  But oh well – I like it anyway.  I think it’s the red-blue-white colors, combined with the polka dot print that veers into kid territory.  Maybe I’m painting myself into the corner of a nautical-themed nursery down the road, but I’m ok with that!

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

I love my little mini quilt, especially since it gave me practice with improv-piecing letters and words!

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday 🙂

P.S. A little perspective 🙂

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

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16 thoughts on “Nautical Mini Quilt

  1. I love your improv letters. I have had improv letters on my list of must dos, but haven’t had any inspiration to use it on. I also love the print you showcased with the quote: how applicable to life! Great Finish!

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  2. I was curious to see your nautical wall, too, after you mentioned it, so I’m glad you shared it. I don’t think it looks childish. I think as you continue to add things to it, it’s going to keep growing in character. And if it ends up being a nursey wall at some point, that’s a pretty cool second use!

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  3. Hi Katie,

    I’m delighted to discover your blog! I just finished my first quilt to welcome my new niece, and I’m hooked! I was going through withdrawals, so I had to start another project ~ a twin for another niece. The next one is going to be for me though! It surprised me how much I enjoyed the entire process, not just the finished product. I don’t remember enjoying any hobby this much before. Wish I’d discovered it sooner.

    I appreciate your work as well as the tips and ideas! I look forward to experimenting with them.

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