Making Ocean Waves

Today the world feels wonderful! Now there’s an opening statement you probably never expected to hear from me! I’m just over the moon to finally be getting my quilting mojo back, I feel like I’m bursting with ideas and excitement! At last illness seems to be on the wane and I can see some light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s such a wonderful feeling isn’t it, when you get inspired and have the motivation and energy to just run with it?  I’m so grateful that regular readers have stuck around through my irregular postings over the last six months or more, thank you so much; you’ve been brilliant and helped me more than I’m sure you know.  Of course I extend a warm welcome to new readers too and hope you’ll come by often for a chat and a share, you’ll meet some lovely, very talented people here – and of course I’ll be here too!

This Work in Progress Wednesday I wanted to share my latest long-term project, an Ocean Waves quilt for my son…when he leaves home. He’s only 16 so hopefully I’ve got a few years to finish it – nothing like planning ahead! This idea for a quilt was totally inspired by Ann at Fret Not Yourself. She posted about an Ocean Waves quilt she finished last year and I just fell in love with it! Her sense of colour and movement are awesome – and Ann, your fmq is incredible!

Ocean waves patchwork and quilting block in shirting up-cycled fabrics. © Stephanie Boon, 2014.

Ocean waves block in shirtings

Last year I did a bit of practice and made this pillow. I’ve never made a quilt with quite so many triangles before so making the cushion gave me the opportunity to try out sizes and technique. I discovered I really need to improve my technique! The picture above shows one of my earlier blocks and I can see a few points are going to be disappearing into the seam allowance – whoops! My latest blocks (I’ve finished about 10 now) are much better, but still not perfect. By the time I make the last block I’ll probably have mastered it!

© Stephanie Boon, 2014. Making Ocean Waves

Trying out layouts

I’ve been collecting old shirts to make it with for about a year now and recently decided I felt confident enough to cut up a very special shirt to be part of it. As I mentioned, I’m making this quilt for my son and the special shirt is the shirt he was born in. It seems the perfect way to keep it and remember it.

Another reason I love the idea of Ocean Waves is because he was brought up here in Cornwall very close to the sea and wherever he goes he’ll be reminded of the ocean – I don’t have any specific plans yet, but I have an idea that the centre ‘squares’ could be quilted with a maritime theme.

Ocean waves patchwork and quilting block in shirting fabrics. © Stephanie Boon, 2014.

Trying out two blocks together

We shall see, quilting this baby will probably be another year off yet!

What have you been working on this week?

Back soon, til then happy stitching!

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced – check it out for more great work in progress 🙂

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8 replies
  1. Daphne Lewis
    Daphne Lewis says:

    This is going to be great for him to have. A real treasure! I can’t even get to my sewing machine with too much other stuff that has to be done, and I’m missing it. Hopefully, that will happen before too much longer.

  2. The Sassy Quilter
    The Sassy Quilter says:

    So glad you are feeling well Stephie! We could never forget about you:) Love your work and art, inspiring. This is going to be an amazing quilt! Take your time and enjoy, it will be a treasure. Love the pattern and these shirts will be so special indeed.


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