This year, I have chosen a fun new long-term project: Cruise Quilts. I will be creating quilts based on inspiration photos taken on a recent cruise. These quilts will be the cornerstone of a new Trunk Show which I hope to finish in 2018. Presently, I have two trunk shows available: From Kits to Custom and 21st Century Quilting.
It really wouldn’t be fair to just jump into the quilt elements without first sharing how much fun my daughter and I had on her very first cruise. To say it was magical, would be an understatement.
We took off on December 2, 2017 from Galveston Texas on the Carnival Valor for a 5 day cruise. Our stops: Cozumel and Progreso.
Shopping, relaxing, or enjoying the ship’s amenities, this was a vacation that will provide wonderful memories for years to come.
Cozumel Excursion – Sharks and Rays!
Off the ship, we enjoyed shopping and a really exceptional excursion. Yes, I swam with nurse sharks and rays. Akin to cats, the rays swam among us and even rubbed against our legs to get our attention. Such amazing and beautiful creatures was a fantastic experience.
You can bet there will be a quilt with a Ray and Shark on it before I am done!
The images that follow are a sample of the inspirations gathered for this project.
The first quilt I have started began with an education. Look closely at the inspiration image – I did not.
If you pay attention, you will see that the colored “blocks” are not all the same size. I was so excited about the fun quilting element and colors that I didn’t catch this the first time. Instead, I designed this quilt with same-sized blocks and sashing.
After looking closer at the image, I saw that the blocks were all different sizes, this means that sashing will not work. The new image is below.
Oh yea, the math was intense, but I am confident that the end result is going to be so much fun.
With the new year looming ahead, I am so excited about the list of projects I have to work on.
What projects will you be working on in 2018?
And don’t forget to check out other completed quilts at my Quilt Gallery.