The Life Before: Reflections

During the Row by Row Road trip back in June there was a lot more fabric and patterns purchased (by everyone) than just for the Row by Row H2O quilts. I’m not your typical quilter when it comes to purchasing fabrics/patterns. I buy what I need for a project and very seldom purchase just for the stash. But when something speaks to me it’s in the basket, like the “Sea Fishing” line by Alice Hickey for Westminster Fibers.  I spent 24 years fishing off the west coast of BC and this was a must have piece! Next purchase was at the Satin Moon quilt shop where I fell in love with a couple of lighthouse patterns. Both patterns are by Susan Teece of Bent Pin Creations: Reflections and Wild Pacific Lighthouse. They appear to me to be Fisgard Lighthouse, Victoria and Amphitrite Lighthouse, Ucluelet.

While on Salt Spring Island for another Row by Row pattern I stopped at an awesome little bookstore. I found this delightful book, Fishing With Gubby and straight into the basket it went! “A marvelously illustrated, authentic account of one season in the life of a fisherman.” This children’s book is like a memoir of our family time spent fishing off this beautiful coast. I used the licence plate from Carola’s as a label as all things gathered were collected while on the Row by Row H2O trail.

I used Kona cottons to piece the top and the Sea Fishing fabric for the backing. I had initially planned on having the lighthouse reflections curved as in the pattern picture. Cutting strips with curves would have you overlapping strips by an inch and then cutting a long curve. Made sense except the strips you were working with were between 1 1/2″ – 2.” Too many really skinny pieces and after trying this for a couple I decided not to frustrate myself and went with the straight cuts. If I make this quilt again I know where I will make changes so that it can have curved reflections. :) This quilt is supposed to be a wall hanging but measures 41″ x 49″ and is a little too big for my current wall space. This quilt and book will reside in my quilt cupboard for a future gift.

And in the mean time my Row by Row H2O quilt is next in line for quilting. It was a lot of fun to put together and I look forward to quilting it. I am planning on using 100% wool batting  and this will be the first time I’ve machine quilted with wool. (I’ve done 3 by hand) I decided to stay strictly west coast on this quilt, 9 rows of rain, ocean, beach and sea life.

Today I’d better get to my label challenge. Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye


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