Patchwork & Quilting quilt sewing

Shipping forecast quilt

I like to have a few sewing projects on the go. Top of my list is just about any of the projects from Hearty Good Wishes, a beautiful craft book of coastal quilts from Janet Clare.

coastal quilts book

Pre-children I always went to sleep after I had heard the shipping forecast on Radio 4. Now my bed time is much earlier but I do still love to catch the shipping forecast whenever I can. Hearty Good Wishes contains several patterns for quilts and wall hangings and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make the Good Old Blighty Quilt. It features a map of the UK with hand embroidered names of all the shipping areas and some quilting to add texture to the sea areas.

shipping forecast quilt

Over the last few weeks I’ve been picking up fabrics to use so I thought I’d blog about it as that always helps focus my mind. I’m going to adapt the pattern slightly to make my own version but have some gorgeous fabrics to use. Zazzle are on online shop which lets you make your own products including mugs, tshirts, stationery and fabric. They’ve just introduced customisable fabric and invited me to try it out so I took the opportunity to order a Fat Quarter of the Vintage Blue Sailboat in pima cotton, personalised with our surname. It’s perfect and will add a wonderful personal touch to the quilt. I also ordered a Fat Quarter of Compass Rose also in pima cotton, again perfect for a nautical themed project!

customisable fabric from zazzle

There are 7 types of fabrics to suit all types of project, from quilting to creating clothing. All are fully customisable, printed on demand with eco-friendly inks and are available in fat quarters or by the yard. You can find out all the details here.

As well as these I’ll be using some also have some of my favourite fabrics from the Hearty Good Wishes fabric line Janet Clare designed for Moda. There are some plain and simple solids to balance it all out too. I’m hoping to find some sewing time over half term and I can’t wait to blog about my progress with the shipping forecast quilt!


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    May 22, 2015 at 11:09 am

    That is such a gorgeous quilt! I can totally see why you would want to make it. Good luck with it.

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