Nearly all the fabrics for this quilt were found last fall in the little quilt shops that grace nearly every coastal town in the state; we started in Port Orford and traveled north all the way to Astoria along the Columbia River, where we found some gorgeous yardage depicting turn-of-the-20th century salmon canning labels. So fitting since my husband worked at the OSU Seafood Lab in Astoria while a student at Clatsop Community College many years ago. The colors in the canning labels are so rich and vibrant, my rather pathetic photo editing skills do not do them justice at all. Yesterday's weather was also not cooperating for an outdoor photo shoot. Although the snow had stopped by mid-afternoon and we had some sun-breaks, the wind was gusting at 50-60 mph with a wind-chill of 12 degrees. Not my cup of tea, no siree!
The canning label blocks were sashed with fabrics depicting Oregon - beach grass, the rock jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River, sand dollars, coastal mountain forests, ocean creatures and flora.
Most of the alternate blocks were banded with deep blue fabrics - ocean waves.
And, since Quilty 365 circles were always on my mind this year, it didn't take long to add another 28 or so in various sizes to this quilt!
I hand quilted this quite simply, about 1/8" from the ditch along nearly every seam, then outlined various features within each block. My husband wanted cotton batting, the Hobbs 80/20 makes the quilt relatively flat and I'm happy with that look for this quilt since we wanted the fabric features to be the focal point, not the quilting. Finished size is 56x65 inches, just about perfect for an afternoon nap on the couch.
I'm thankful to have this finished in time for Thanksgiving later this week! Wishing you all a joyful week with family and friends.