Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival- Anchors Aweigh Baby Quilt

Okay, I am ready to show it, I have been procrastinating about showing it, because there are so many awesome quilts out there, but I really am very proud of it.
lots of fussy cutting the right pieces of fabric.

So here goes, I am going to enter it in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, just for fun.

The Prerequisite photo shot of it hanging outside and getting the rocks behind it (if you are new and visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival, thank you for stopping by my blog, I live in Beautiful Kalampaka Greece, with large rocks behind my house and many of them have monasteries built on them).
Very windy the last couple of days,with lots of dust from Africa.

 I quilted it on my home machine with a normal foot,
and did a cheater method or don't have the money method and quilted it to a blanket that I bought at IKEA for 3 Euros ($4 in the States), it is polyester and I also just folded it over to the front and used it as the binding too.  This did 3 things, saved me from having to buy batting, and from buying fabric for the back and fabric for binding, plus it is super soft and cozy.  Here is where I show you a picture of a kid snuggling under it, she really is sleeping here.
A few days ago I was freaking out, you see I had put in some hand embroidery and used a washable fabric pin to mark the half inch area and it left brown spots when I washed it out.
I decided I didn't like the look of the hand quilting and took all of the stitches out, my husband and kids agreed with me, it didn't do anything for the quilt.
See, nothing.

At the bottom of the quilt is the submarine fabric and I just did an embroidered back stitch around it, and you can see a few of the fussy cut anchors.  I added this photo because I forgot to take a picture of it so the quilt is slightly wrinkly from the kids laying under it.
Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Quilt Name: Anchors Aweigh Baby Size
Finished quilt measures: 46.5” x 54.5”
Special techniques used: non-traditional backing and binding Polarvide by IKEA
Quilted by: Me on my Little Machine
Blogger's Quilt Festival Category: Baby Quilt #96

This is my first quilt!
If you want to read more about it you can go here.
I finished sewing up this bad boy this month, I am so glad to have it done and now I need to work on my Coral one.
Linking up to Such a Sew and Sew May Finish Linky Party.

May Finishes
Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I'm still working on mine but I love yours!

  2. I really like how it turned out!!! I still have it pinned on my pinterest board for IF I ever get ambitious and 'quilt-smart' enough to make one. I love it!

  3. It's pretty and I like the cheating as well.

  4. Yay! for first your anchor. Nice to see it in action over a sleeping child! I am still in the petting stage of my Octo fabric and have not cut into it yet. Soon, yes soon.

  5. I bought the same cover at Ikea to do the same thing! I don't have a quilt as cute as yours to use as the top but you've given me some great inspiration. Lovely work!

  6. thème original parfait assemblage des couleurs ,superbe réalisation

  7. I love it! Fabulous design and I love the colours!

  8. Mara, I love it! LOVE IT! let me say it again LOVE IT!

  9. I love it. What a creative use of Ikea too!

  10. It's fabulous! I like the variegated background and the anchor and all the fussy cutting.

  11. I love the pretty blues and the fussy cut anchors within the anchor. And the octopus is kind of perfect for this quilt. I'm all for saving money where possible, and I think using a blanket for the back is a great idea! You did a beautiful job! Congrats on a really great finish and thank you for linking up!

    xo -E

  12. I love it too.. cozy and good luck..

  13. LOVE the french knots on the octopus!!!


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