Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Clipper Wind

My long-time friend Judy and her hubby live in North Vancouver.  We stay with them from time to time if we are out that way.  Judy's favourite colour is blue and she has a lot of it in her home.  Greg loves boats.  I've had the marine themed fabric for a few years with them in mind.  Then when I was at the Calgary Creative Stitches show in the fall I spotted the panel of ship drawings.  I thought "perfect - it will go with the fabric I have".  And it does.  Perfectly!  So I dug up a few more darker blue shades - some Tula Pink and some batik and voila!  Enough for a quilt.  

I wanted "simple" but also something that would suggest movement and boating.  I did a bit of Googling and came upon a little HST quilt, which gave me the idea for this one.  The triangles are like sails - they are all "moving" in the same wind direction.  I drafted it in EQ8 and I was off to the boat races!  😎😎

The prints have whales, gulls and tall ships.  I thought of calling the quilt Nantucket, but then that conjures up images of whaling, which is rather grim.  So I did some more Googling - I'm not familiar with boat types other than the well known ones like schooners and tall ships (which I think is a catch all for the tall-masted ships of days gone by).  Then I came upon "clipper" - a speedy schooner type boat.  I also know there are "clipper winds" - so that's what I decided to name my quilt: Clipper Wind.

I will gift this to Judy and Greg the next time we see them.

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