My First Finish of 2012 ~ Morning Tides

Morning Tides Front

First, I just want to thank everyone for your kind comments on my “A Million Thanks” post! You all are seriously making me blush and I am looking forward to coming up with new ideas for tutorials and quilt alongs for everyone! It’s going to be a great year I think.

And I’m happy to share my first quilt of this new year, Morning Tides. Designer Mark Cesarik sent me a bit of his fabric collection last month and I knew right away that I wanted to make improv blocks with it.

Morning Tides Quilt

I incorporated a few shades of tan and some white into the blocks. They are all a bit different in size. I sashed them in white then to make the center of the quilt.

Morning Tides Blocks

I can’t take credit for the idea of off-centering the main focus of the quilt. Heather did this last year and I loved it! So I added a border of purple, wider on the right and bottom sides. I also added in a bit more of the Morning Tides fabric for added interest. The purple is FreeSpirit Designer Solids Lavender and it is a perfect match.

I quilted the blocks and white portion of the quilt in a meandering, free motion style. Then I quilted the purple border with straight lines, spaced about every 3/4″.

I went out yesterday in the freezing cold to try to get some photos with my camera’s remote. I was laughing at some of the photos when I got home. “Is this thing working??”

Testing 123

And then half the photos were like this – sideways! Oh well, live and learn!

Morning Tides Sideways


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    Tracy gigg says

    Gorgeous! What a fantastic start to the year. I’ve been lurking for a while but just had to comment on this beauty.

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    I’m not usually a purple fan but, I really love what you did with this quilt! It’s really fresh and lovely for a first finished project of 2012!

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    Hallie says

    Your quilt is just stunning! I love it!! The colors are just beautiful and work so well together to show off the prints. You so inspire me….I just want to leave work and go home and sew 🙂

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    I love it! I was first drawn to the un-symmetrical borders but I love the improv blocks as well. Copied from Heather or not, I love the idea and I will be copying from you at some point. 😉

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    such a gorgeous quilt!
    and thanks for the top tip about the camera remote. I have one of those and it never crossed my mind to use it while holding my own quilt! LOL Usually I grab a family member! Oh they will be so pleased not to have to help any more!

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    Gorgeous quilt and gorgeous colours and I’m so jealous you already have a project number one completed and we are only day 5 of 2012!!
    Fab work!

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    Cathy Byrd says

    Nice free motion. I have still not conquered that. It is intimidating to me (and I haven’t really had much time to try yet)… good excuse? Huh?
    Cathy Byrd

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    Andrea says

    I love it!! I will be copying you and make this one. It will drive my family crazy with it being of centered 🙂

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    Bev says

    I absoultly adore this quilt. The colors are stunning. What a New Years treat. All the best and enjoy the New Year. It has a good beginning. Cheers!

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    Barbara says

    Your quilts are inspiring. I am making the lemon squares quilt for my niece who is hip and fresh—just like the quilt!

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    Love this quilt, Faith. I especially like the way you did the border off-center with a little extra patchwork included. I’ll have to keep this in mind, for sure. 🙂

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