Ocean Breezes Block #5 and Quilt
Here is the last block in the Ocean Breezes Block of the Moment. I hope you've enjoyed making these blocks and are near to completion on everything. If you'd like to share your own blocks, send the pics to me and I'll have a blog post or two next week about them! (send to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We only make one of the Sailboat (whew!) and it's appliqué. Let's see it finished, and then I'll show you some steps.
|Sailboat from the Ocean Breezes quilt|
I use raw edge appliqué exclusively. But I am "religious" about the steps I take to ensure it looks nice to the eye. Here is my stitching on the mast up close. I first practiced on scraps so I could get my "zig" and "zag" to behave.
|Close up of stitching|
I also used the full size printed pattern underneath my 8-1/2" cream background square to assist me in lining up my patches. Once they were in the right place, I pinned, removed the pattern and then fused my patches in place.
And here's the block from behind so you can really see my stitches.
|Sailboat from wrong side|
Now, you may ask. Let's see the whole quilt, please! I added other borders beyond the red. Obviously, I didn't have enough of any one fabric so I took liberties. I hope to quilt this soon!
|Ocean Breezes Quilt|
I would love to see your blocks and your quilts as you finish them, too! I hope you've enjoyed this free Block of the Moment. If you're up to another, I may have one at Summer's end. I'll keep you posted.