Monday, January 27, 2014

Ship Shape Finished

The second quilt finished this past weekend is Ship Shape.  Right around a year ago I started this quilt from my stash of thrifted men's shirts.  I had been inspired by a photo in Country Living magazine years earlier, which I had ripped out and saved in a binder. 


I found the free block pattern, Sail Boat Block 2, at Quilter's Cache website.  I modified the cutting instructions so each block would turn out 9-1/2 inches square.  That meant cutting the small HST blocks at 3-7/8 inches and the larger at 6-7/8 inches.


The blocks were then set 7 across x 8 down.  I liked the no-border look of the inspiration piece, so I just bound my quilt in a red and black print from JoAnn.  There is one pale red pinstripe shirt used in the quilt, and the binding brings that out while providing a nice accent for the rest of the shirt fabrics.


Ship Shape was shipped off to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting for an all over panto called Van Gogh, which I thought looked like swirling ocean waves as much as Starry Night.  Love the effect!


Melissa did a fantastic job, and fast!  I'm sure my backing was a challenge  (and I'm sure that is an understatement).  I was using up a piece of blue and white older fabric in the backing, as well as a strip of large shirt fabric blocks.  The backing was just barely big enough, were I to have quilted it on my domestic machine.  When I decided to send the flimsy out for quilting, I added muslin strips on all sides of the backing so it would be able to be loaded on a longarm.

I knew it was going to be close, but until I trimmed the quilt after it came home and saw that on a couple sides I was shaving off only about an eighth inch of the actual backing, I didn't realize just how close.  I'm sorry, Melissa, for any gray hairs I caused!  I won't do that again, I promise.

Ship Shape was sleep tested last night, and I'm happy to say it passed with flying colors.  If you've got a shirt stash you're wondering what to make of, I highly recommend giving this simple but stunning quilt a try.  I think it'd make a great Quilt of Valor too!

January Finishes


15 comments:

  1. Wow, this is a great finish! I knew I would love this one when you started it. Thank you for sharing all the process as you went, I will file this one under "must try!"
    I love it, P ~
    :-}pokey

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  2. Thats a great quilt for a little boy and I think I might look at doing this for my grandson.
    Lovely finish

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  3. Oh my...you are churning out sublime quilts of late!! This beauty oozes an aura of simplicity and freshness. What a wonderful array of shirts you found; ingenious really and well worth every single, little grey hair that this 'charmer' may have caused!! Just stunning!!

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  4. My first glimpse was thinking it was Houndstooth pattern, but then I saw the ships!

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  5. Absolutely stunning P....kind of makes me wish I'd persevered with my shirt quilt but sadly that thing was s******g me off so badly it had to go live in the bin...

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  6. This is the perfect weather for testing it. It is also the weather for inside photos. Lovely Darling!

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  7. Charming quilt with a homespun feel to it!! I bet it is cuddle worthy!

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  8. That is gorgeous, P.! I've got a stash of shirts just waiting to be made into a quilt - if I only had the time!! Love the red binding, too...

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  9. No way! That is totally awesome! You are really cruising through the WIPs and UFOs! I love how this one turned out! The quilting is just perfect for it! And the binding is just right. You really do have a way with fabrics! And most importantly, it passed the sleep test! Hooray, you!

    xo -E

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  10. It's wonderful! I like the thrifted aspect as well - we sometimes forget that quilting evolved from a need to reuse fabric until it couldn't be used anymore. What beautiful things we can create that way!

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  11. OMG! LOVE this!!! Another fantastic finish - I adore the whole quilt and the quilting is perfect :) Looks so cuddly!

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  12. Gorgeous! Can we get a shot of the back, as well?

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  13. I love this! Shirting quilts make me think of my great grandmother and the quilts she made. None as nice as yours though.

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  14. DELICIOUS! I said it before, this quilt is SO me! I love EVERYTHING about it! Wonderful job, and you are right! It would be a GREAT QOV!

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  15. Fabulous! Your piecing is so exact. The points are..., well, so pointy! I love the geometry of this design, and it's simply cool you created such a beauty out of men's shirts.

    (Lately, I find myself wanting to steal some of the ties my male coworkers wear! They would be beautiful in a quilt.)

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