I finally got a chance to finish Tyson’s quilt–and he’s not even walking yet! Just kidding. Tyson Hugo Green was born in May and I didn’t decide to make him a quilt until right after his birth. I had several projects to complete before I could get to putting those little nautical pieces together. Plus I knew that he was coming to visit in November so I could possibly give the quilt to him then. But I’m really happy that it’s finished and it’s on it’s way to Tyson!
I decided to make a quilt for Tyson after I saw this adorable pirate fabric online and thought nothing could be better for a newborn swashbuckler living in Seattle. And his parents just happen to have been married at the Seattle Aquarium. (Not only did we get the full run of the aquarium, they had an ice cream bar rather than a wedding cake–yum! Riley said “best wedding ever”)
I ordered the material from fabric.com and it’s all from Michael Miller “Out to Sea” line. I started out loving the pirate fabric.
The map was supposed to just be for the quilt backing but when it arrived it was my favorite.
I wanted to make it in the same style as I did for the Quilt for Willow that I featured back in May. It requires some “fussy cutting” so I had to change around all my calculations just to put a piece of the map on the front of the quilt. So worth it. I should have ordered more of the map fabric but how did I know that I was going to like it so much? I had to shrink the size of the quilt a bit so it’s 39″ x 43″, which is still an okay size for a baby quilt.
So here’s the finished project:
The map fabric has longitudinal and latitudinal lines. I’m a beginner quilter so this was a challenge to get the backing on straight. All the quilting advice I read is to use a busy pattern on the back with NO OBVIOUS PATTERN so it won’t show any stitching mistakes. While it’s not perfect, it’s not too bad. Perfectly imperfect.
I put the quilt on the floor to get one more pic and Maggie decided that she needed in on the action.
One final picture…
The quilt is on it’s merry way to Seattle.