Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dreaming of the Caribbean

The Caribbean holds many memories for our family. My sister lived in Grand Cayman for 20 years and we were lucky enough to be able to spend many family vacations playing in the warm waters of the sea when our boys were young.



Fast forward about 20 years and that was the last time we were in Cayman. August 2003 was a family vacation we will not forget. All of our boys, two with wives and our first two grandchildren, were all onboard for a Caribbean cruise. I wish we could take another Caribbean cruise with the whole gang but the likes of being able to coordinate the lives of 18 people seems less and less likely, so I had to make something to ease my yearning to go to the Caribbean with my entire family.

When I saw this quilt on Film in the Fridge's blog I just knew I wanted to make the same quilt. The colors, with the crisp white pieces just seemed so calming and reminded me of the Caribbean water.
http://filminthefridge.com/2012/05/21/dreaming-of-greece/
photo from Ashley's blog 
I enlisted the help of the Stitch Tease bee when I was queen in May of last year and this is what they came up with. I asked for 12-1/2" blocks of a mixture of prints and solids in teal, blue, aqua, and turquoise with white and they could add a piece of linen,  to remind me of the soft sand found on the beaches of Cayman and the other islands. My bee mates made 22 blocks and I made another 20. I added a little piece of goldenrod solid to a few of my blocks too. Here's the flimsy, back in June when I sewed it all together. It looks very much like Ashley's quilt, only I think mine is a little bigger. 


















I backed it with the newspaper strips print from the Collage collection. I also incorporated a piece of Field Study in the same golden yellow I used on the front and built a big block to showcase the siggie blocks from my bee mates.
I had my long arm quilter, Susie, quilt it in a swirly pattern, and then I made a scrappy binding to finish it off.
It's been sitting in my sewing room needing a photo shoot for months. I really wanted to take it to the beach but we never made it there, so on New Year's Eve we took it to a local park and took some photos of the quilt.
My trusty quilt model did a good job holding the quilt for me.
I'm still dreaming of the Caribbean, but this time I can do it under my quilt.
Thank you Stitch Tease Bee Di, Hadley, Katy, Cindy, Valerie, Marit, Ange, Susan, Jennifer, Helen and Annabella.


Quilt Stats:

Name: Dreaming of the Caribbean
Fabric used: scrappy blues, teal, aqua and turquoise with white solid and linen
Backing: Collage by Carrie Bloomston
Batting: Warm and Natural
Quilted by Susie Peterson with Perma Core thread in a soft aqua color
Binding: scrappy
Measurement: 67"x79" {It shrunk 5" both ways after quilting and washing}


19 comments:

Jenniffier Kramer said...

Beautiful. What a great quilt and what wonderful memories it will remind you of :)

Melissa said...

Beautiful! I just love the calming colors!

mascanlon said...

Such a lovely quilt and already full of sweet memories!

Debbie said...

Oh this is just beautiful, Di! What a perfect fit for some unforgettable memories!

Canadian Abroad said...

I am so proud to be a small part of this quilt. It is truly beautiful and love the memories that inspired it. I truly hope that your dream of a family vacation happens again in the not too distant future. You deserve it.

Isisjem said...

What a gorgeous quilt and a lovely way of triggering all those special memories!

Laura Jane said...

Beautiful quilt Di!

gpc said...

Really beautiful! It really does have that calming Caribbean feeling!

Annabella said...

It's really stunning Di and I am delighted to have played a very small part in making it.

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

It's beautiful!

suemac said...

Love the colors. I am into the aqua and orange combo lately in mind at least. I have the fabric but not the plan.

dutchcomfort said...

So beautiful! I would settle for such a quilt in stead of going to the Caribeans!

Patchwork and Play said...

It's gorgeous! I love the touches of gold- it gives it that extra dimension that is very pleasing to the eye! Lovely photos too!

Katy Cameron said...

So happy I could help you recreate those memories, I love how it turned out!

Geri said...

Beautiful! Loved the pictures from the past visits as well. My how Makenzie has grown!! The quilting on that is amazing Di!

heart of charnwood said...

Stunning! Thx for inviting me into your bee and letting me contribute to it :o)

Flying Blind... said...

Oh I love it, and even more so that it reminds you of special times; and I am so happy to play a part in making it happen.
xxx

Sarah said...

It's beautiful Di! I love it. Great idea for a bee quilt too. Reminds me of the sea too. As you know I love the beach!

Trina Peterson said...

This is gorgeous! Love those colors.