Ocean Flow

This quilt design was created after seeing the fabric which I ended up using for the border. I was always mesmerized by the changing colors of the Atlantic Ocean growing up on an island off the coast of Maine and tried to capture some of the myriad shifts of color and shape of coastal waves.
I drafted the completed design onto graph paper in order to grid an actual completed design size to create the necessary pattern pieces for the quilt. With all the curves and overlapping pieces, this was a complicated piecing task and I hand-pieced the entire quilt starting from the left side. I don’t believe there are many modern quilts that are created now that can make that statement. I incorporated the border fabric in the small centers of a lot of the waves before placing the final border on the finished piecework by machine and layering the quilt to do the hand quilting.
This quilt uses some of my personal favorite colors so it was a real pleasure to work on and I used complimentary sulky threads for the quilting to add to the illusion of movement in the design.
This quilt was purchased by an art collector in 2006.

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