Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halfmoon Bay


This is a completion from a project started during my class with Brenda Gael Smith at the National Quilting Symposium in Christchurch earlier this month, for her 'Serendipity Circles' quilting class.


Brian had asked me for a quilt for the auction at the Southland Charity Bowls event (which is next weekend) so when I was in the class I knew I would use the blocks for a lap quilt.


All the fabrics have come from my stash (I LOVE blue) and I am so pleased with how it looks with the mix of light and dark blues/mints/aquas. 

I wanted a square lap quilt so added the side strips to make it about 48" square.


I used a variety of free motion quilting designs for different parts of the blocks, using same-colour threads on the top and an aqua thread in the bobbin, to do a loose side to side zigzag 
for the sashing, a flower petal design across the curved blocks, and stippling for the rest of the block.



The backing is whole-cloth, wide yardage that was in my stash and is the perfect shade 
of deep aqua blue.



For the name, I wasn't inspired so I posted some in-progress photos on Facebook and some of my friends suggested names. I nearly went with Susan's suggestion of Every Which Way Is Blue, but Lenae shot in a last second suggestion of Halfmoon Bay.

That name immediately really appealed to me as all the blues remind me of the different moods of the ocean and waters found around that gorgeous piece of NZ as well as the fact that the kids and I are currently reading a Des Hunt novel that is set on Stewart Island - that seems serendipitous to me!


Linking up to share my project with Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday! Kia ora!

22 comments:

  1. This is such a striking piece...those electric blues are so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Jocelyn, I am really pleased with the colours I was able to pull from my stash.

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  2. Great quilt and a lovely finish.I do like the lovely range of blues you have used in it. It is a very effective design. I hope it goes well at the auction.

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    1. Happy to make something for a good cause. Actually, happy just to make anything for any reason LOL!

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  3. Unique quilt, very cute. The name suits it perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Karen, I'm trying to work out what colour combo to make it in next...

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  4. That is a great pattern. The blue is striking!

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    1. I know! I'm so pleased with how it came together!

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  5. I love your colours Jen, the quilt is beautiful - and good on you finishing it so soon after Symposium finished! Great naming of the quilt too :-)

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    1. Thanks Raewyn! I am now onto finishing up another of my symposium projects...

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    1. Me too! Was hard to give it away so quickly after making it..I wanted to be able to stare at it just a bit longer.

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  7. The quilt is really lovely. I love the colors. A great modern pattern too.

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    1. Yes it is very cool isn't it? It will definitely be on my make-again list.

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  8. This is so pretty! I love the quilting that you did in the blocks. :)

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    1. Thank you! I enjoy trying out different patterns.

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  9. How beautiful! I love blue too, and those curved blocks are so much fun. I love the name too :)

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    1. Thanks Leanne. I think the name was ideal too. Thanks for dropping by.

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  10. A wonderful quilt! Love all the blues, and that's the perfect name for it too!

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    1. Cheers Linda, I've still got all the leftovers in a pile...might as well make something with them to save double-handling and putting them back in the stash huh?! (once school reports are all done that is!)

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