Here it is, "Strip to Shore" by Gudrun Erle. The quilters at Jelly Roll Party decided she named it this because the half-hexagons sort of look like lifesaver ring buoys on sail boats. Hmm, I'll have to ask My Little Sailor if they have those on the big ships.
I'm rather proud of the quilting on this one. I wanted the quilting to follow the hexagons, so I quilted it on my domestic machine using multi-colored King Tut thread. Because I hate wrestling large quilts through the harp of the Juki, I quilted "S to S" in two halves, then joined them using the "quilt as you go method." Thanks, Cathy, for the advice!
If you click on the photo, you can see the quilting closeup!
This quilt has already been sent to the USS George Washington, to PO Paolo Bayas. His photo, "the ultimate selfie," won the #1 photo in the entire US Navy for 2014. Congratulations, Paolo! Click here to read the story behind the photos.
That's quilt #1 in the book for 2015. I've actually made three this year -- maybe I'll make it to 52 again?
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