My aunt is hosting a shower for a friend's daughter, and the nursery is decorated with a nautical theme. My aunt asked for a quilt that had the soothing colors of the sea, with a few nautical fabrics thrown in; but she did not want a quilt that was overly themed- which was totally fine with me. I'm just not a theme-quilt person (with a few exceptions). I prefer to make baby quilts that will grow with the child and be useful for many years, rather than quilts that are so babyish and kitschy that they may not get used after a year or two.
The only overtly nautical fabric in the quilt is the little whale print. The whales really are adorable, and add the perfect touch of whimsy. There is also a tiny, very soft blue and gray print that looks a little like waves (top middle-ish), one of the navy prints gives the impression of a chain or a fishing net (on the right side of the backing), and a darker tonal blue that looks like bubbles (top left corner). Even the two chevron fabrics look like a choppy sea.
I chose a very modern pattern to give a little bit of balance to the cutesy. I made quarter log cabin blocks, and varied the width of the strips, so the asymmetry would add a lot of cool movement.
Aside from the whale print, I would use any one of these fabrics in a non-themed quilt (and I have used several of them in the past). So, even though I didn't fill the quilt with lots of novelty fabrics, I was intentional in choosing fabrics that were not only the right colors, but would add to the overall feel I was trying to achieve, and together, I think they really get the job done.
I know that some quilters love using novelty fabrics, and I have definitely seen some super adorable quilts made with them. A themed quilt that is a bit more subtle fits my personal style a little better though, and I'm so pleased with the way it turned out.
I'm not going to make the same mistake twice, so before we party, here's a peek at the bundle that I'm about to cut into. These fabrics are so delectable, and I am SO excited about the quilt I'm making next!
Okay then, let's check out the highlights from last week's party, and boy, there were lots of beauties shared! Like this sweet Star Cakes quilt from That Crafty Cara-
This bright bear paw quilt from Empress Charlotte looks awesome against that dark background!
and this On the Bright Side quilt is from Made by Chrissie D, and it is so much fun!
I've noticed that there have been several new friends sharing at NTT lately, and I am so thrilled to welcome you to the party!
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