Friday, May 13, 2016

Indigo Ocean

 A couple of years ago at one of our PTA retreats, several of us made this very easy quilt top. I actually made 2 of them and finally finished this one just recentyl. It is one of the quilts featured in an exhibit at the NC Arboretum. Kate, Mary and I who often work on the same projects all worked on this pattern and used them at the entrance to the show and Both Kate and my quilt made in this pattern have sold already!
  When I first saw this quilt, I couldn't figure it out, turns out, it's very easy and uses only 2 pieces and gives the illusion of being woven.
 I used very simple quilting...
 mostly in the ditch. The fabric was so busy and thought the quilting should be simple.
 Since I used very nautical type fabrics, I decided to call it Indigo Ocean
 I also used a little strip of red in the border to tie in with the red blocks scattered throughout.
 The is the other one I made using Indigos and white which still needs to be quilted.
This is the pattern I used, including seam allowances. A skinny strip (1.5 x 5.5) is sewn on each side of the center rectangle (3.5 x 5.5). The finished block size is 5.5 square. The blocks are arranged by alternating them end to side and end to side and so was great fun to do.


  1. I just discovered a similar pattern in A Basketful of Taupe which I plan to make in non-taupe fabrics. Like you, I think it looks a lot more complicated than it is. I like the idea of using a single fabric, but I need to use up a bunch of strips. Maybe I'll try it again with plain rectangles.

  2. Both versions are striking - I love how the strips frame your striking prints.