While Seafair (Seattle's summer festival) has long been over and is just a memory for most Seattleites, it's been on my mind...maybe the 85 straight days of sun or the weekly trips across the lake or maybe the pirate fabric that I happened upon one day is what had me longing for just one more picnic as the Blues flew overhead - I don't know...but what I do know is this, after 20 years of going to the parade, searching for pirates and picnicking along the shores of Lake Washington on pseudo-Seafair quilts, next summer I will be ready with this little number...
Oh sure, it's nothing fancy, but the simplicity is what I'm most smitten with! So smitten that this little quilt was moved to the head of the heap and was started and finished in just under a week! I used scraps for the center, and then bordered it with the pirate ship fabric - and it's backed with red lobster flannel...too fun, no? It was machine-quilted by moi...I tried to quilt "waves" but it was more difficult than I thought - so the quilting is not great but then no one is really going to see it once it's covered with a picnic basket and enough food for an entire fleet...at least, that's my theory.
It would seem there was something on my camera's lens...sorry about that! Don't you just love the lobsters? I found it in my stash and there was just enough to back this quilt - I love when that happens!
So, what do you think? I've made hundreds of quilts - I lost count when I hit 250...but in all of those quilts, this is the only one I've made for myself that is nautical-esque. Years ago I read somewhere that every quilter should have some of the classics...a log cabin quilt, a school house quilt, and a sail-boat quilt, just to name a few...so now I can tick the sail-boat quilt box! (Yes, that's a stretch but this is probably as close as I'll ever get.) Okay, thanks for stopping by, I'll go clean my camera lens now!