Friday, June 20, 2014

Failing the Seven Seas

I've been planning this project ever since Audrey failed to correctly identify all 5 oceans on a geography test.  That's right, she incorrectly labeled the ocean she has lived alongside her entire life.  Sigh!  I immediately designed a notebook cover using this adorable Out to Sea panel but that seemed a bit like cheating:-)  The class moved on to other topics and I moved on to other projects but while organizing my fabric stash I stumbled upon this panel and decided it was time to finally use it.

I cut out the panel and then added triangles from my stash to look like bunting.

The quilting was the hardest part of this project.  I've never spent so much time adding quilting that is virtually invisible when you look at the pillow.  I was really worried about doing the FMQ around the continents but it went really quickly and white thread on white fabric disappears.  From there I quilted over the gridlines.  It wasn't difficult but with all the breaks for the design it took forever!!!  In the end it was worth it, it adds a wonderful sense of texture to the pillow.

For the back I added a vertical row of triangles to look like burgees and used this cute pirate girl printalong with the narwhal.

Now it can hang out on Audrey's bed with the rest of her pillows.  Hopefully she can learn by osmosis;-)

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Quilt Stats:
Finished pillow cover is 17" x 22"
Fabrics: Out to Sea by Sarah Jane, Stash
Thread: Aruifil 2021 and 2605


  1. Love the new map quilt. I also enjoyed the story behind it. Thanks for sharing - it is lovely!

  2. What a great pillow! I think it's a terrific combo of pretty and practical. I had to look up "burgee" to find out what that was. ;-)

  3. Cool idea with the bunting and the quilting is just perfect!

  4. I am most distressed that New Zealand doesn't appear on that panel, which is otherwise lovely!!! lol.

  5. Love, love, love all that fabric! Great pillow! Thanks for sharing~

  6. What a great use of that map print, I love it!

  7. This is genius! Why sleep with the book under your pillow, when the instruction can BE your pillow! It was lovely meeting you today at AGOS, Alice. Thanks again for sharing your work! You all really got me thinking about that ambiguous word "modern"... I posted tonight about the book signing and how you all got me thinking:

  8. What a fabulous idea, and a fabulous pillow! Good going, Mom!