A quilt for Nick…

Nick is my eldest son and he turned 23 this month.  He is active duty in the US Coast Guard.  I haven’t made him a quilt since he was about 14, so it was time to practice my “fast” quilt method again.

I used the Dave Hudson Lighthouse 11″ panto, Glide Thread, Magna Glide Bobbins and Wide Quilt Back Fabric to make this quilt super FAST.  The top fabric (shown below) was a dark/navy blue mottled slash texture. The thread was a light turquoise/teal.

Panto review: I really liked using a Dave Hudson panto.  He includes periodic arrow marks which makes it easier for newbies to keep track of direction.  I would rate this design difficulty in the confident advanced beginner to intermediate skill level category.  Lots of straight lines, tight points, several areas where the lines pass within a 1/4″ of each other mean you need to have a bit of experience/confidence (or be ready to practice frogstitching) for success.

Here are some close-ups – click image to view larger picture in a pop-up window.
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It was after dark when I took these pictures so there were serious lighting issues.  I am NOT an expert in photography but I’m doing my best.  In this case, when I got the thread to show close to the right color, the quilt fabric was off.  When I got the fabric close to the correct color the thread was off.  Oh well…you get the idea.  In the end, I am very pleased with how the quilt turned out.  This was my largest quilt yet at approx. 112″ x 108″.

Nick’s been out to sea on a mission but is expected to be back in port today.  Hopefully he’ll like his present.

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