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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    January 5, 2012

    Love it Faith! I think the solids you added really make the colors pop! And the off center layout is awesome! 🙂

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    January 5, 2012

    What a gorgeous quilt. Whether you take credit for it or not, I LOVE the off-centered bit.

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    Tracy gigg

    January 5, 2012

    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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    January 5, 2012

    i love it! i met mark and his wife at fall market, and they were SOOOO nice!

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    January 5, 2012

    Stunning…. A beautiful quilt! Great way to start the New Year off!

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    January 5, 2012

    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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    January 5, 2012

    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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    badlands quilts

    January 5, 2012

    Great quilt!

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    January 5, 2012

    Congrats on your first finish of the new year! Love the lavender border and improv blocks.

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    Goddess in Progress

    January 5, 2012

    Love it! That big border with the extra prints is awesome.

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    January 5, 2012

    Sideways is beautiful too! Love it.

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    January 5, 2012

    It’s spectacular!!! That lavender is yummy!! Congrats on your first twenty twelve finish!!

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    January 5, 2012

    What a lovely quilt! I love the purple and I’m not normally a purple fan.

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    January 5, 2012

    It’s beautiful and just looks so wintery and lovely.

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    January 5, 2012

    Gorgeous! Love the color palate!!

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    January 5, 2012

    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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    January 5, 2012

    That looks fab! just love the colours and that block style

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    January 5, 2012

    the quilt looks awesome sideways too!

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    January 5, 2012

    That’s beautiful!

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    Sew Create It - Jane

    January 5, 2012

    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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    January 5, 2012

    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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    January 5, 2012

    Holy cow! A finish already?! Nuts! Congrats. It looks great!

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    Cathy Byrd

    January 5, 2012

    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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    January 5, 2012

    It’s beautiful! I”m so glad you share your creations with us! They’re very inspiring!

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    January 5, 2012

    Really stunning.

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    January 5, 2012

    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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    January 5, 2012

    I really like this and the lavender just sets it off.

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    January 6, 2012

    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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    January 6, 2012

    Congrats on your first finish of the new year. Wow, I love Morning Tides – you did a fantastic job!

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    January 6, 2012

    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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    January 7, 2012

    The off center is so very appealing to me…..I wonder what that says about my out look of the new year.

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    January 9, 2012

    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. 🙂