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Nautical Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #5}

Nautical baby quilt

My Sister's Quilts series

This is the fifth entry in a series about baby quilts made by Aunt Sarah for her 15 nieces and nephews.  We talked her into sharing each one here on Skirt Fixation.  The next one in line is for Thomas, my fourth child.  I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.

Nautical baby quilt

Like almost all the quilts that I have made for my nieces and nephews, I started this one before I knew that Thomas was a boy!  Red and white quilts were quite popular at the time, and I really wanted to make one.  Then after Thomas was born I decided to add the ships to make it more boyish :-).

Nautical baby quilt

Its fun looking back on all these quilts because when I see each one of them I say “oh wow, that was my favorite one!”   But I guess maybe it’s okay to have more than one favorite :-).

Nautical baby quilt

If I’m honest I don’t remember very much about the construction of this quilt.  But I do love the end result.  I always think it makes it more interesting when a quilt backing has some character as well.

Nautical baby quilt

I marvel at the time I used to have to make these quilts.  And now that I have my own kids and I’m busy running around after their hobbies it makes me long for the time when I got to focus on my own!

Nautical baby quilt

I hope there is mostly smooth sailing in his future, but I also predict that this nephew will be able to navigate the sometimes stormy seas of life with ease!

Love Aunt Fess

Nautical baby quiltThanks Sarah for sharing.  One of my favorite things about this quilt is the red, white & Blue variegated thread used for quilting!  I think this nautical baby quilt would be perfect for any baby, and the color scheme is perfect for sewing a baby quilt before you know the gender!  We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.

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Sailboat Skirt & Top {All The Skirts: Oliver+S & Fat Quarter Shop}

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop The Oliver + S Sailboat Skirt And Top pattern sums up poetry in skirt form!  This skirt was seriously so fun to put together that we’d sew up another one just for the pure joy of seeing it all come together.  You could probably make this skirt many, many times without getting tired of constructing it.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop There are so many fun details on this skirt.  There is the button up front which is so cleverly designed.  The back waistband is elastic.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop We chose to use buttonhole elastic and left the sides of the elastic casing open.  The button is sewn through a single layer of the side piece.  The insides of the Sailboat Skirt are professionally finished with finished, clean seams.  There was no point during the instructions where we were lost or unclear about what to do!  That’s pretty rare.  Once again, we sewed the size 5 with the size 8 length.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop The Sailboat Top can be made from either knit or woven fabrics.  We chose knit this time as Annie prefers knits for everyday wear.  The details on this shirt really make it worthwhile.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop The little buttons on the shoulder are so cute!  We chose navy buttons and topstitched all the facing details with a double needle and navy thread too.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop The Sailboat Top and Skirt pattern has a pants pattern with it, so you are basically getting three patterns for the price of one!

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop

Once again, the name of the skirt sort of dictated the fabric choice and the photo shoot!  We used Moda Passport Blueprint The Hamptons fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.  Let us tell you, this fabric is so soft and smooth.  It sews up crisp corners and flat seams.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop Besides all that, it’s about the prettiest nautical fabric ever!  So much that we couldn’t resist selecting one ship to appliqué onto the front of the Sailboat Shirt.  (We did something similar last spring!)  If you need a little sophisticated nautical flair in your life, visit Fat Quarter Shop, where they have 23 different fabrics from the Passport line.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop We completed this outfit with the Reversible Sling Bag, a free pattern from Sugar Bee Crafts and this month’s challenge from Project Run & Play.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop We found all the fabrics for this bag in our stash, so it qualifies for the Sew My Stash 2015 Bag Challenge too!  Talk about serendipity!

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop We changed the shape of the center panel of the bag, and you know what, we love the finished look. We also shortened the straps to accommodate a younger child.

SlingBagInsideCollageThe solid red is pleather, the polka dot red is leftover from this skirt, and the nautical is a home dec fabric from years and years ago.

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop Altogether, one perfect ensemble!

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop All right, enough about us!  It’s time for you to get involved.  If you haven’t already done so, take a minute to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win Oliver + S skirt patterns and a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.

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We are ready to see what Oliver + S patterns you’ve been sewing.  Just add any Oliver + S pattern you’ve sewn in 2015 to the link up.  You can also link up anything you’ve sewn in 2015 using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.  We’re changing it up a little this time; since our sponsors have been so generous, there will be one winner from the link up and 2 winners from the Rafflecopter!  All 3 winners will receive 2 Oliver + S pdf skirt patterns and a $40 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!  


Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop Oh, and did you hear what Oliver + S announced today?  Here’s a hint, we’ll be sewing it up during this series, and you should too, and then link it up!

Sailboat top & skirt by Oliver+S sewn by Skirt Fixation using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop