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.
I decided to add something to my wall of nautical art – so here it is:
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.
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.
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.
I quilted a simple grid to finish it up, and added a label.
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.
My first nautical grouping started like this:
“A Ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
And now, I’ve rearranged things slightly to accommodate my new 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!
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 🙂