Friday, June 14, 2013
Le Challenge - Shiver Me Timbers!
Ahoy there me hearties!
After missing the last Le Challenge (I may have been a little busy...) I was determined to play along this month. In fact, I was soooo keen that I jumped straight online on the 15th to find out the new theme and then began brainstorming immediately. Luckily for me, we were stuck in an airport at the time so there was plenty of opportunity to sit back and think. AND... bug Mr C to help me.
Funnily enough, he took my "it's ok to think outside the square" to heart and went from the theme of "maritime" straight to...
He assures me this way of thinking was pure inspiration. I have my suspicions that he was really just hanging out for a rum. ;)
Eager to play the "good wifie" (hey, we were less than a month in at that point so I might have still been delusional. hehehe) I accepted his challenge and spent the next two weeks of our honeymoon mulling over the idea as often as I possibly could. Obsessed much?!
In the end I decided on a pixelated Jolly Roger. Fun! To make my life even easier, I did a quick search for a free pirate cross stitch pattern and totally scored...
Then, using some new skills I learnt in Caro Sheridan's free Craftsy class, Pictures to Pixel Quilts, I roughly transferred the chart into a workable quilt design on Excel.
From there it was a simple matter of counting, measuring, swearing, re-counting, cutting, cutting, cutting, sewing, pressing... sewing some more... until...
The finished "Shiver Me Timbers" pirate quilt top (at 41" x 55") is as far as I've gotten at this stage but, I have to admit, I LOVE it. You just have to get excited when the picture in your mind comes to fruition like that.
No idea how I'm going to quilt this one (any ideas?) but thinking of either getting some snuggly flannel for the backing or some cool, theme-appropriate cotton like...
Hmm. Decisions, decisions. I might need to think some more.
So, that's my entry for this month's Le Challenge (thankfully finished quilt tops are acceptable. Yay!). A different take on most people's interpretation of 'maritime', maybe, but I'm glad that, firstly Lucy and Nat encouraged me to think outside the square... and then Mr C pushed that even further.