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Large Sea Quilt

Added Dec 30, 2009

by gray

Berlin, Germany






Thousands of tiny pieces of scrap material and non scrap, old shirts… sewn together, edged straight, re-edged as first edging was squint…. wadding and larger squares sewn together for back. Quilt is about 2 meters long by 1 and a half meters wide. Not bad for a first attempt at an adult sized quilt!

The idea of my quilt is it a gift for my husband- he loves the sea so much that every time we take a trip I promise to sew the name of the place we have visited with an image on the larger squares on the back. I will start with ‘Faroe Islands’ and a map of the islands.

Material Notes

Pretty much everything I could lay my hands on.




Garment Type

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    Apr 7, 2010, 09.48 AMby zozowahine

    Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful! I LOVE the idea of recycling scraps and unwanted pieces in this way, and with such a stunning outcome.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.47 PMby ginasophia

    i love it!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 12.58 AMby heartspromise

    LOL. Totally

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    Dec 30, 2009, 09.13 PMby heartspromise

    WOW! You did great!

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      Dec 30, 2009, 11.03 PMby gray

      Thanks! And in the rush to christmas (never again!)

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    Dec 30, 2009, 08.11 PMby emily021189

    I also have not always been a big quilt fan but as soon as i saw this i loved it and it is so beautiful i have been inspired to make my own. :-)

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      Dec 30, 2009, 10.58 PMby gray

      It is not actually that hard.. I think maybe I should have kept the colours a bit more minimal- I just get so excited with all the scraps I want everything in!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.39 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    this is so gorgeous!!!! i don’t typically like quilts, but as sunnilj9 stated, the varied straight lines of patchwork give it a very modern aesthetic. i love the idea of adding to it as you and your husband travel. you two will cherish this quilt forever!!!

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      Dec 30, 2009, 10.59 PMby gray

      Thanks- it really sweet of you! I wanted to make it more modern and have some design over the front- I ran out of time and I came up with the travel idea for the back so maybe it was not such a bad thing!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.29 PMby sunnilj9

    I love this modern patchwork! And you’ve done such a beautiful job with this quilt. Its really really beautiful. I love the idea that you took old materials and created them into something new. Fantastic work!

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      Dec 30, 2009, 11.02 PMby gray

      It is amazing how much you can cut out of a mans shirt. No- my husband hasn’t lost any!! I got the shirts from another quilters stash- what a dream. They were really soft and worn. I just worry it rips but I can mend it and it will add character!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 11.30 AMby gillthecat

    i like this alot, cool

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      Dec 30, 2009, 11.02 PMby gray


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