Nautical ~ A Finished Baby Quilt

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I checked off my first quilt finish of the school year. It’s also my first quilt pieced on my Featherweight! I started this Nautical quilt the week the kids went back to school. The Nautical quilt pattern is by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew, and was a breeze to make. There are 10 different blocks, and I made each set of blocks in groups, scrappy style.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was fun to work in these primary colors. Usually I get tempted into including the entire rainbow – it’s a weakness! I forget how much I enjoy quilts made from limited palettes.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this one in a diagonal crosshatch using my walking foot and my BERNINA 750QE. The lines are maybe a bit over an inch apart. I used the metal guide that can go through the back hole of the walking foot to maintain a consistent width.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I quilt straight lines, I always start in the middle and work my way to the right. Once the first half of the quilt is finished, I turn it around and then start again in the middle, working my way to the right again. On this quilt, I stitched all my lines in the first diagonal direction, then all my lines in the opposite diagonal direction. No puckering or folding – so I think it was a successful plan!

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing I used a whale print from the Message in a Bottle collection. Aren’t they so cute? The finished crib quilt measures 42″ x 56″, perfect for a baby or playmat!



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    Lynda H

    September 4, 2015

    I have that pattern and look forward to working on it this winter – great finish!

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    September 4, 2015

    This is adorable! The limited palette is difficult for me as well. This gives me the inspiration to at least try to limit the colors though! Thanks for sharing!

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    September 4, 2015

    I have the same weakness, I almost always am drawn to using the whole rainbow! Today I was consciously limiting my palette for som “scrappy” blocks. Seeing house awesome your Nautical quilt came out makes me think I’m going in the right direction.

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    September 4, 2015

    This turned out adorable. I love that you did the blocks scrappy, but in the same color palette.

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    Alice in WV

    September 4, 2015

    1. I can’t believe you said that the nautical quilt was “a breeze” to make. πŸ˜‰

    2. Okay, so how did you like piecing on your featherweight???

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      September 4, 2015

      Ha Alice! It promise, it was easy! πŸ™‚ Piecing on the featherweight went great! I chain pieced and it went very quickly. Perfect stitches!

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    September 4, 2015

    Love this!! The whales are just so cute!! You have also encouraged me to try machine quilting on my “ordinary” sewing machine. Thanks for sharing!

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    Anne Beier

    September 4, 2015

    A lovely finish ❀️

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    September 4, 2015

    This is precious! I love how each block came together and the overall layout is quite eye-catching. Thanks for sharing your quilting secrets with us. This quilt will be well-loved for many years, I’m sure!

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    Anja @ Anja Quilts

    September 4, 2015

    Great finish. Love the whale backing.

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    September 4, 2015

    Another great quilt. Perfect for a baby in the primary color palette. Love the whales on the back.

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    Rebecca Grace

    September 4, 2015

    It’s really cute, Faith. Congrats on your first Back to School Finish!

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    September 4, 2015

    Oh isn’t it gorgeous. I love that pattern and I really must make it one of these days!!

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    September 4, 2015

    Very cute! Love the whales on the back xxx

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    September 4, 2015

    Bright and beautiful!

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    Rachel @ Quiltineering

    September 4, 2015

    So super cute!! The diagonal quilting really makes it…and that backing fabric!

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    September 5, 2015

    The quilt is lovely!

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    September 5, 2015

    Love the color palette and fabric selection. Love the pattern too. Nautical blocks can look so overbearing in solid but you have successfully created soft, comfy love in a quilt. Just beautiful!

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    September 5, 2015

    Love the bright palette–and that back–oh my! I’ve got one of those “sticks” that help make quilting consistent–but it constantly slides around in its hole–so not so great for consistency. I think I’ll try taping it somehow next time. πŸ™‚

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    September 5, 2015

    Aww that is so cute! Nice job Faith.

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    Diane B

    September 6, 2015

    Faith, your diagonal quilting is amazing!
    Good tip about straight line quilting…start center, move to right. I’m trying that now on a table runner…thankyou:)