Sometime before Christmas, I found this pattern for a Nautical Pillow and thought it would be a fun gift for my nephew. I had some leftover fabric from his Going Coastal quilt and thought it would be great for this project. Since I was trying not to stress myself out with more Christmas sewing projects and I found another gift for my newphew Cole, I didn’t end up making this at Christmas.
In January, I started looking ahead at the busy month of February and planning for my daughter’s birthday, which is just a week before Cole’s. I realized that I could make the pillow for Cole’s birthday instead. He just turned one so I figured he wouldn’t be too upset that he didn’t get a toy and it would go with his quilt so well.
The pattern was very easy to follow and it was the first time I have sewn piping onto anything. Besides a leftover piece of Going Coastal, the grey and white is from Lotta Jandotter’s Echo line and the red fabric is Manzanita Branch from Joel Dewberry. (I’ve always thought it looks like sea coral.) For the back and sides I used a striped fabric that I think came from a Christmas collection.
I’m very happy with how this pillow came out and I even had a little help from my son who stuffed it for me.
I received a stack of Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo line for Christmas last year from my sister. For a while I just looked at the pretty stack of fabric but then I decided I needed to do something with it! I started this quilt in the spring and had to pause for a few months as we moved from eastern Virginia to western Tennessee.
The pattern is a disappearing nine patch and this is my first time trying it. It’s a fairly large throw quilt at 57″ by 72″ and I think it is the biggest quilt I’ve made so far. I’ve been adding it to my side of the bed the last couple nights and it covers me all up and keeps me warm.
I backed it in a grey and white sheet that I found at Target and the binding is Kona Coal. I’m definitely on the grey bandwagon right now. I did straight line quilting on either side of the blocks.
This is also my first time taking pictures of a quilt at my new house. There is a beautiful tree that hangs into our backyard and it looked like the perfect corner to take pictures on a beautiful fall day.
I’m proud of this quilt because I think it is my most precise quilt. I tried to be so careful about everything! I’m also excited because this is the first quilt I have finished that is for me! I’ve given all the others away and I’m looking forward to hanging out with this one a lot.
The dog kept an eye on things while I snapped pictures!
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- Quilt Measurements – 57 x 72
- Special Techniques used, if any – D9P, straight line quilting
- Quilted by me
- Best category – Favorite Throw Quilt, Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt