Friday, November 14, 2008

Rub-a-Dub Dub

This past summer I agreed to do a swap with chickenfoot. She asked for "an aqua quilt for the bath." I knew I wanted to incorporate some wonky free pieced letters. It took me less than five minutes to figure out what I wanted to do.

I chose blue fabrics that had water-type elements. Fabrics that looked like bubbles or raindrops or seemed swirly. At the very last minute, I saw the fabric with the ducks.

Once all my fabric arrived, I started the letters. The white fabric was really a watery pale blue, but once I put it next to one of the ducks I knew I was toast.It just didn't look right.

Then I thought, maybe I should have a duck peeking out of the opening in the letter B. That looked really fun, so I decided to go completely overboard and just go for broke.
These looked much better.

Once the top was finished, I made the quilt sandwich and thought, how am I going to quilt this, since I don't have much machine quilting experience. But the idea of the water saved me. I quilted this in one continuous line, starting at the bottom and working my way up. No drafting lines for me, just completely wiggly and by eye.
I had a great time. I've been waiting for Susan to finish mine and send it, so I have been keeping it secret for two months. Now she has received it, so I can show you. (Mine should arrive soon.)

Here it is, the Rub-A-Dub Quilt:
It's roughly 21" x 25" or thereabouts.

21 comments:

Trisha said...

What an adorable quilt! I love how the ducks are peeking through and around the letters. So cute!

Tina said...

Oh, I love it! So cute.

Tine said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaawww! I love it! The little ducks are adorable, and the way they swim in and out of the letter-blocks is fantastic!

Sharon said...

What a great quilt! I love the ducks swimming through and around the letters. How clever you are! I'd call this one a winner!

Joyce said...

Putting the little ducks inside the letters was inspired. I love them to pieces!

jovaliquilts said...

So cute, so clever! I love the way the ducks play with the letters.

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a WONDERFUL quilt... love the way the ducks play throughout! You did a GREAT job!!!!

dot said...

How cute. I have the dame fabric but didn't know what to do. You have given me a great idea. I hope you don't mind if I sorta copy you idea.

belinda said...

oh wow....this is THE CUTEST ever!!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I LOVE this quilt, Lynne. Everything about it is so much fun and just gels together. your letters are wonderful and the duckies so cute. great job!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

FABULOUS!!! ITS TO cute for words!

Mel said...

Love it! How fun to have a custom quilt for the bath! Great job!

Magpie Sue said...

That could NOT be cuter!!! Way to go!

mamaspark said...

This quilt is so cute! Seriously, in the dictionary under "cute" is a photo of this quilt!

Dionne said...

That is an absolutely, incredibly FUN quilt! I love it! When I highlight letter quilts on my blog, I will have to link to it for sure!

Well done, your friend will be so very pleased. I especially love the little peek-a-boo ducks through the letters!

Cheers,
Dionne

Clare said...

Lovely. I love the way the letters play together and the ducks are great.

Holly said...

Wow, this is gorgeous. Job well done.

KathieB said...

Very very cute! Great job--love the freedom of the letters.

Kristin L said...

Adorable!!

Cher said...

thanks for including the size-hard from a photo to know the scale-it's a fabulous quilt! love how you went with the ducks in the letters-so much fun! you did a wonderful quilting design as well. great job on making small letters-not easy for me to do at all, so I am quite impressed!

susan said...

geez i cant believe i didnt see this post before!! i love my quilt and it looks so cute in my bath. the ducks make me giggle, and i think it was a perfect choice for quilting, as it looks like waves/water! smooches sweetie
sorry it took me so long to blog about mine!