Monday, August 11, 2014

Sewvivor 3: Nautical Projects Revealed + Voting!

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Before we get to the big reveal, I have to give a major nod to our 16 contestants. Behind the scenes, we communicate via email- getting to know each other, turning in the projects, etc. While I was returning from a family vacation over the weekend, many of the contestants had questions about submitting their projects. When I was unable to answer emails right away, the contestants turned to each other asking for help, answering questions, even calling each other. These guys have so much support and friendliness toward another, and such humor too. (Just follow them on instagram to read more of their hilarious banter). For Challenge #1, I was going to divide our contestants into two groups, or "tribes." But they have bonded so much that together, they are one tribe. If you missed it last week, you can get to know each of them here.

And now Sewvivor presents the Top 16 Contestant's projects for Challenge #1.

Scroll through their amazing work, then VOTE for your Top 5 favorites at the bottom of this post! Polls close Wednesday at midnight EST. The results will be announced next Monday. 10 Contestants will advance to the next Challenge.
{Projects appear in the order they were submitted}.

CONTESTANT #1: Chrissy from Sew Lux

Have you ever found yourself telling someone that you sew or quilt for your sanity? My challenge project was designed as both a representation of that sentiment as well as a celebration of those who "threw me a line" during a particularly difficult season of life earlier this year.  My personal "life preservers" stepped in when I needed them most... they picked up my slack, asked how I was knowing I might not say "fine", and they told me to "just keep sewing" when at first it seemed I could find no joy even at my machine. For me, this mini celebrates the community built on our common love of fabric and thread. 

Once I honed in on my theme for this mini quilt, I started by making a bunch of mini Cheerio blocks (by Camille Roskelley featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine Issue 8).  By changing the color way and setting these blocks on point, they made perfect life preserver rings! I used a variety of white and cream low volume prints and reds for the rings and used a pretty aqua print from Sphere by Zen Chic for all of the watery background.  

Once I pieced all the blocks and sashed them together, I added some borders and got to quilting.  I did some free motion wavy lines throughout the entire project, but chose to add in some spirals in the center of all the rings to help accentuate the circular shape of the rings.  I chose to leave the rings unquilted so they would appear to sit above the quilted portion making them seem to "float in the water."

One of the things I really wanted to include from the very beginning when I first started sketching this concept was nautical flags spelling either "sew" or "quilt."  I ended up spelling "quilt" and made the flags by piecing 3.5" squares and adding a backing (like making a small pillow) to finish them off nicely.  Before sewing the fronts to the backs, I stitched a two inch piece of twill tape to the top of each flag back to provide a little channel to string some rope through later. The 3" finished flags are strung across the quilt with some thin rope, which is knotted and tacked down at the sides of the quilt. 

These flags were super fun to piece (and applique!) and I love how they dangle above the water.  The finished project measures about 20" x 30" and was backed in a red print and bound with a red and white stripe.  I'm thrilled to have this celebratory mini hanging in my sewing room!  For more a few more process photos and more on my inspiration, visit my blog post here.

CONTESTANT #2: Barbie from The Quilting Mill

Traditional "nautical" really isn't my thing, so right from the start I knew I wanted to do something outside the box for this challenge. Way outside. My 5-year-old daughter has been pretending to be a mermaid all summer and wanted a mermaid costume to dress up in. She jumped up and down with excitement when I told her I would finally make one for her.

I instantly knew what I wanted to do. After picking out fabric with my munchkin (of course all pink), I got started quilting some satin for the main part of the tail. I marked horizontal lines and some reference points across the top line, and then quilted in the scales. I used Winline 80/20 batting and Kona White on the back.

I used the somewhat hideous McCall's 5498 as a jumping off point with a few alterations including different sleeves, changing the tail length and shape, and overhauling the fins. I am really pleased with how everything turned out, and my munchkin sure loves it! She chose a tulle with a concentric circle pattern made with glitter for the "shiny parts," and glitter is now all over my house. Everywhere.

In addition to the tail I also quilted veins into the fins, stabilizing the tulle with several layers of organza to maintain at least a little translucency. I LOVE how the tail and fins turned out.

I had so much fun working on this challenge! It was great to have an excuse to make something special for my daughter that I may not have taken the time for otherwise. I have one very happy girl!

An extra-special thanks goes out to my sweet friend Danielle for doing the photography! Taking great pictures is not my strong point and I really appreciate her help.

CONTESTANT #3: Kerry from Penny Dog Patchwork

Ta da! Here's my entry for the Nautical theme- a turned edge applique Billy Bass quilt. And I added sound too!


I decided well in advance that if I made it through to the first round of Sewvivor, I was going to make a Billy Bass quilt for my nautical themed entry- he's a sea bass rather than a river bass after all! Billy Bass is a short-lived weird gift fad from the early 2000s, therefore it only seemed fitting that I displayed him in my bathroom- I don't have a "smallest room" for it, just the one lav' in our house! </BritishEuphemisms>


I made all my freezer paper templates ready before the judging was over from this illustration of a sea bass that I found via Google Images and when I found out I was lucky enough to get through, I eagerly began making it for real. If you want to know or try the process behind making up a design in turned edge machine appliqué, may I point you to this tutorial I wrote previously.

After making up the fish appliqué, I made my background panel from a woodgrain fabric I had from my Lush Uptown bundle. I cut the corners rounded using a roll of tape as a template and a small rotary cutter and stuck the appliqué down with Sewline glue with toy stuffing underneath to give it a raised, trapunto effect. Billy is quilted on the top with monofilament and the rest of the quilting echoes the woodgrain pattern. The finished size is 18" wide and 11" tall.


Ange and Anita on Instagram both suggested I should make him sing. They weren't being entirely serious but it was just too irresistible! Sadly I didn't have the time or the expertise to make him dance too, but how awesome would that have been? Press that red button there and it plays a snippet from Al Green's Take Me to the River (of course)! Please click through to my blog to see extended information on this finish including video proof, plus a tutorial on how to add a button and sound box to your quilts.


CONTESTANT #4 : Angie from GnomeAngel


Sometimes life just doesn't work out the way you had planned and you have to go with Plan B, and sometimes that Plan B is so much better than Plan A ever could have been. That's how I can to make the "Naughty-cal Weekender Bag".


I'd planned to make a quilt for this challenge but when I couldn't realise that vision the way that I wanted to I rethought the challenge and decided to make the world's hardest bag instead; Amy Butler's Weekender Travel Bag.


I started with Kerry Giddy's paper pieced anchor pattern and then turned to "Lost at Sea" by Alexander Henry as a jumping off point to try my hand at improvisational patchworking for the first time (it's totally harder than I thought it would be!).


I'm so stoked with how this project turned out. It's not a style or theme I ever would have considered had it not been for this challenge and it really stretched my skill set. I'm totally over board in love with the "Naughty-cal Weekender Bag"..


CONTESTANT #5: Jade from Stitch Mischief

For this nautical challenge, I used Tula Pink's Anchor's Aweigh pattern and scaled it down by one third. It measures about 60 x 64 inches. Using a gradient of warm greys to creamy whites, against a aqua and white striped background really made the quilt for me. This one is my baby... the second quilt I've ever made just for me.

My family and I couldn't have picked a better day for a photo shoot. We wandered around a small, local sea town, dodging tourists and ice cream cones and managed to find the coolest picture ideas. It was such a fun day and I'm so glad my family was able to share it with me. 

For quilting, I was planning on doing concentric spirals, but, long story short, this was nothing short of a disaster, and I ended up unpicking one whole spiral, and making the spiral quilting cover the whole top. It may be predictable, but spiral quilting is still one of my favorite textures in a quilt.

I did a simple backing with a gradient of the anchor colors pieced in. It breaks up the turquoise nicely and definitely draws your eye upwards.

This quilt definitely challenged me. It has more than 700 pieces and each of the background pieces required recalculation. I spent a couple hours with my calculator before ever cutting anything out, and the piecing took hours. I'll have tips with how I went about it later. It was definitely worth the work. I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

I've named this quilt "sink or swim" as the definition is to "fail or succeed entirely by one's own efforts". I ran into some pretty huge road blocks with this project, but was able to recover and in the end, whatever happens, whether I make it to the next round or not, I'll know that I "succeeded" - this is definitely a quilt that I will proudly stand behind and cherish for years to come. 

CONTESTANT #6: Crystal from Two Little Aussie Birds

You can never cross the ocean, unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Wise words anon. And with that, I set sail.

Once the excitement of actually getting into Sewvivor was over, then came the realisation that I would actually have to turn around a quilt in less than two weeks! Like a true sailor, I swore loudly, before diving into my blue scraps.

In true Sewvivor style, I upsized and went for it. To make the iceberg, I first drew up the image in Adobe Illustrator, printed it over several A3 pages and stuck it all back together again before cutting up each section. Once all that had been done, I foundation pieced the sections together, sewed the sections together and appliquéd it on to the background. Phew! I'm not scared of those cray cray Y seams, that's for sure!

I quilted for what felt like forever! Starting with a wavy,organic straight line quilting all over the background to create some lovely gentle waves. Then some geometric triangles over the iceberg and some swirling stippling for the sky.

It was feeling a little lonesome out there on the still, dark and icy water so I added a wee paper boat, making its way around the iceberg. I like to think that he has all the time in the world, there is no rush and he is on his own schedule... What adventures will he have on his way? You know the stories will be wild and incredible.

CONTESTANT #7: Amy from Sew in Love Quilting

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be able to share my 1st Sewvivor challenge project with you! Drumroll please! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Introducing Under the Sea!

This quilt incorporates color, texture, and unique fabric to create a true piece of art. The gradient blue hues create the waves and depth of the sea for the creatures to float along in, and the quilting adds dimension and movement for the three segments (sky, sea, sand). I started with a free quilt pattern from Elizabeth Hartman called New Wave that you can find here to create the waves and sand. For the sky, I simply cut a 15" x width of fabric strip, appliqued a 10" diameter half-circle and some free cut triangles on to make the sun, then appliqued the New Wave quilt piece over the top of the sky piece using a blanket stitch to hold it all together.

This little seahorse is my kids favorite part of the quilt :) To make the appliqued sea fishes I googled "tropical fish drawings" and found some pictures that I liked. Then I printed those pictures out, used a window as a light box to trace the outlines onto the applique paper, cut the shapes out, and adhered them to the fabric I wanted to use for the corresponding colors. After cutting the shapes out of the fabric, I ironed them onto the quilt top like a puzzle and top-stitched them down.

This beautiful jellyfish was the main inspiration for the direction I wanted to take. I used an orange fabric that was sheer and crinkly for the top and a pink peach-fuzz knit paired with a sheer, shimmery polyester for the large tentacles. The orange fabric had an ombre effect to it, so I cut some curvy lines all the way down the width of the fabric to make the small tentacles. I then appliqued it to the quilt top and top stitched around the top of the jellyfish, leaving a flap at the bottom to make it "pop" out.

For the coral, I spray basted a glittery, netted fabric onto a solid piece of fabric (both were a coral color), then adhered Heat and Bond Low to the wrong side of the fabric, drew on the paper side the shape I wanted for the coral, cut it out, and ironed it onto the quilt top. I then top-stitched around the entire shape to keep it attached. I am in LOVE with the coarseness it creates!

After appliqueing the creatures on to the quilt top, I quilted puffy clouds in the sky, echoing straight lines to accentuate the waves, and ripply curves in the sand. I chose a multicolored diamond print for the back that I think coordinates amazingly with the colors on the front and finished it off with an orange and white bias stripe for the binding. Thank you again for all your support and encouragement everyone! 

CONTESTANT #8: Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Hi, Marci from Marci Girl Designs here and I want to start by saying, yes, I know that the second challenge is the bag challenge, not the first, but I couldn't help myself and Rach said we could make anything.  When it was time to decide what I was making, I just couldn't move past "bag" so in the end I went with it, I just thought a Nautical bag would be so cool.  The idea really started to take shape when I was looking through old pins on Pinterest and was inspired by this bag found HERE.  If you click through, there is a tutorial on how to make that bag, but I didn't use it and just did my own thing based solely on the chevron concept. 

I drafted my own bag pattern, measuring roughly 13" x 17" with rounded bottom corners.  Once I had constructed the front and back chevron pieces, I then fused Pellon SF-101 to the backs of each piece for added stability.  I added a 100% cotton batting to the back (creating three layers) and pin basted it.  I decided to hand quilt with a lovely dark blue pearl cotton in large chunky stitches on the linen only, 1/4" away from the edges.

Once the hand quilting was finished, I thought I would raw edge applique something nautical on the bag, but I couldn't figure out what and felt stuck.  I'm not sure how the idea came to me, but I remembered I had a book, Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman, and in it was this darling project quilt that incorporated a "nautical" poem that was free motion quilted onto the quilt. Hmm, I wondered if there was any way this would work with my design?  Well amazingly, it did, it fit just perfectly, so I used a regular Coats and Clark black thread and free motion quilted the poem on the front and back panels.

One, two, three, four, five, once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten, then I let go again.

Why did you let it go?  Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?  This little finger on the right.

I finished constructing the bag, made my own piping with the matching linen, used a cotton webbing for the handles and added d-rings to both sides to have a place to hang things like keys.  I felt it needed a little something extra, and in the end made the "Sardine Keyring" by Zoe Patching from Mollie Makes Issue 29 (it was the free kit included with the magazine.)  I really felt like I stretched myself with this challenge, trying new techniques, traveling to new places,  and creating a project I was really proud of.  You can read full details of this handbag on my blog, Marci Girl Designs and find out about our adventures taking photographs of this challenge in Southern Louisiana!

CONTESTANT #9: Hilary from Young Texan Mama

I was really excited when I saw that the first challenge was to make something nautically themed. I am making my little 3 year old nephew a bed-sized nautical themed (he loves pirates :D) quilt for his birthday, and I knew I wanted a pillow to go along with it. So the night before the top 16 were announced, I sat down and figured out how to turn Nautical Signal Flags into quilt blocks. I still had no idea if I was in the top 16 but I knew that I wanted to make this either way.

What I love most about this pillow is that I didn't just choose random flags to make. Instead I chose to spell out my nephews name J-A-C-K. For those of you who don't know, each nautical signal flag stands for a letter of the alphabet. The blocks finished at 6" square, and the pillow itself is 14"x28".

I quilted the pillow with straight lines around the perimeter approximately 0.25" apart, and I stitched in the ditch around the flags themselves. The quilting was done with 50wt Aurifil thread #2311. It is my favorite color to use with neutral backgrounds because I feel like it really blends with anything.

I used Moda Bella Solids for the flags, Essex Yarn Dyed Linen for the background, and the red bias stripe from April Showers for the binding. I love the colors, and I hope that Jack is going to love how bright and colorful it is!

I originally was going to use a polka dot print for the envelope back, but I just knew I had to get this fabric when I saw someone destashing it on Instagram. It shows the entire nautical signal flag alphabet, and it ties in the yellow from the front of the pillow. I had a blast making this pillow, and I cannot wait to send it to my nephew to go with his quilt.

CONTESTANT #10: Nicole from Snips Snippets

Finally! This has been the longest two weeks ever. I've been dying to show everyone what I've created for the first Sewvivor challenge and now i finally can, so without further ado... may i present, Hold Fast!

My first thoughts on hearing "nautical" go to two things - Peter Pan and his Neverland Pirates and old sailor style tattoos. We can all see what direction i took with this challenge! I love old ships with giant mast's full of sails, despite not being able to stomach being on any form of ship, or small boat, canoe, rubber dingy... who am i kidding, even the conveyor belt in the grocery store make me nauseous! So this was a chance for me to make the tattoo that i would love to have if i were a sailor pirate! (come on who doesn't want to be a pirate!)

I opted to use mostly applique for this mini, i like the look that it creates when layering piece after piece on top of one another. And i think for things like the waves it was the perfect application to use, the roses were also another piece that i wouldn't be able to get the effect i wanted using another method.

I embroidered the hold fast banner with 12wt Aurifil in brass, my all time favorite colour! And doubled up the fabric so i could get the folded look of a scroll. For those that don't know, the term Hold Fast (when used by sailors) means to bear down, grit it out, and stay the course.

The quilting was varied throughout. The waves were all hand stitched with a chunkier stitch in 28wt Aurifil in teal, i think the chunkier stitch gives great texture and movement. In addition to sketch stitching the ship and sails i also hand stitched a few stars in the sky. And the brass band around the whole thing, that was done with my zig zag stitch with the length set just a hair over 0. You have no idea how long it took to make two laps around the whole thing!! Forever!

The rest of the quilting consisted of some radiating lines in turquoise and brass 40 wt Aurifil from behind the medallion which were doubled up in the corners and center lines. This little mini finishes off at 27.5" x 35" and i have to say, for my third mini ever... i quite like it! High fives for all my awesome competition this round! It's been so much fun getting to know you all!
Good Luck! xo nicole

CONTESTANT #11: Amanda from A Crafty Fox

So, this week I found myself stranded on a desert island. Well, not exactly deserted and not exactly stranded. But we were on the island of Kauai while Hurricane Iselle bore down on us scattering wind and rain all over the island. Which gave me the perfect opportunity to snap a few shots of my Sewvivor Nautical Challenge quilt.

Sewvivor Nautical Stack

For me, nautical is all about clean lines, stripes, navy blue and white. My little boy has been singing 'baby beluga' for a solid month, so a little white whale on the go might have snuck in. And if you look close, there's quite the 'I spy' game to be had. I think it will be the perfect quilt for a certain little boy's big boy bed.

Nautical Quilt - sewvivor

The quilt design is simple, modern, and has a lot going on to draw your eye around the quilt. Bits of coral and sand mix with the navy blue stripes, creating some places for the eye to rest. The low volume braid at the top adds so much interest and looks fabulous on a bed. The quilting is part pantograph and part free hand, and the results capture just what was in my head.

Nautical Quilt - sewvivor-4

For the binding, I couldn't resist the navy blue bias stripe. It is perfect for a navy quilt and the bias stripe reminds me a bit of rope when it's all rolled up.

Nautical Quilt - sewvivor-8

There are so many directions to take with the nautical theme, but my style is definitely a modern-classic mix and this quilt fits in my home and will be used frequently. And I love the memories we were able to make with it in Hawaii, hurricane or no hurricane.

Nautical Quilt - sewvivor-7

I'm posting a brief tutorial on how I made the stripes and braid in this quilt over on my little blog. I know that my extremely talented competitors are working some magic (I can't wait to see their creations!) but I do hope you pop over (and maybe vote here for my quilt?!). Thank you bunches for following along on this little adventure!

CONTESTANT #12: Jessica from Euphoria Jessica

Here it is!! So so excited for the big reveal!!! My handmade Sailor's Valentine!!! What is a Sailor's Valentine? Let's break down. Per wikipedia, sailor's valentine is a form of shell-craft, a type of mostly antique souvenir, or sentimental gift made using large numbers of small seashells. These were originally made between 1830 and 1890 and they were designed to be brought home from a sailor's voyage at sea and given to the sailor's loved one or loved ones.

I thought long and hard to select a great pattern and this Wheel of Fortune block by Wombat Quilts definitely called out "ship steering wheel meets compass star"- super nautical in my opinion.

As for the fabric selection- whew, what a process!! I tried to have each print represent something I felt was nautically themed:
  • Yellow prints represent the hot sun
  • Black prints are the night sky
  • Linen reminds me of bon-fire smoke
  • That Lizzy House print is for seaweed
  • Pink wood grain is for drift wood
  • Heather Ross seahorses are for, duh, seahorses!
  • The background blue is for the ocean
  • And to tie it all together- those steering wheel

I really wanted to create a real wooden frame for this piece and though I got mad love from my Home Depot visit- I apparently suck at math- angles are NOT my thing! So, a fabric wood fame was created and I just LOVE IT! I painted a few shells and added a sand dollar as my center piece.

I had a lovely photo shoot with my sweet friend Ale!! Even though our sunny Portland day was a wee be bright I think we got some pretty good shots.

CONTESTANT #13: Chelise from Chelise Patterson

Ahoy, Chelise here! Nautical is a fashion trend that has always been around and will never go out of style. I took the classic navy fitted blazer and made a quilted version, one just as worthy to sail the seven seas. A blazer so extraordinary it can only be known as El Capitan.

The blazer is made with a navy suiting fabric and, combined with batting and linings, is the perfect weight for a fall coat. The main part of the blazer's front and back are quilted with a 2-inch diamond pattern while the sleeves, pockets, collar, lapels, and facings are 1-inch diamonds. As a starting point I used this Burda blazer pattern, although I altered the length, lapel shape, and added my own design elements like the pockets and back strap.

For the 20+ pieces of this pattern I first cut out a piece of suiting large enough for the pattern piece, then drew my quilting grid on each. I sandwiched these pieces with batting and a thin lining, then quilted, then subsequently cut the pattern piece from the quilted suiting. After all that quilting it felt so good to start constructing the jacket, matching seams, and watching the garment come to life. Lastly I lined it for a perfectly polished look.

A nautical blazer wouldn't be complete without gold buttons and you can find them on the sleeve vents, pockets, back strap, and front. I am so so proud and in love with this jacket. So much so that I even named it :).

I have lots more pictures on my blog including close ups and more El Capitan details! Read more about it here. Thank you!

CONTESTANT #14: Christopher from The Tattooed Quilter

Before Description.  As soon as I read about the Nautical challenge, I knew I needed to create a very bold quilt with a nod to one of my all time favorite Disney villians, Ursula.  I was lucky enough to find a few inspiration ideas and after drawing several versions, I landed on this one.  There's something very mysterious about this quilt.  Any way you view it, you can see something or someone's getting close to the surface.

My roommate and Art Director, Evita and I photographed "surfacing" in Dumbo, Brooklyn at this amazing mural commissioned by the Dumbo Improvement District (more information will be provided on The Tattooed Quilter blog).

photo by evita mendez

"Surfacing" was completely constructed using Robert Kaufman Kona Solids.  The quilting is "wonky" straight line and was only the second time I've machine quilted.  The quilt was pieced and bound using Aurfil thread.

photo by evita mendez
While holding the quilt, I became completely overwhelmed with an array of emotions from anticipation and nervousness to excitement and joy. I'm completely proud of the final outcome and will cherish this moment forever.

photo by evita mendez
The Brooklyn Bridge Park seemed like the perfect setting to capture "surfacing!"  Afterwards, Evita and I stopped by One Girl Cookies where we had a snack with the one and only Anne Hathaway.  She and I had the same mint green ice tea.

photo by evita mendez

CONTESTANT #15: Linh from Calling All Stitchers

I decided that my Swim Team fq bundle would be perfect for this project.  The rest of the fabric were from my stash.  I’m glad I added yellow in the mix, it really adds that extra pop. The pattern is from Moda’s Bake Shop called Stacked Squares.

What a great location for this challenge.  We had already planned a trip to Niagara Falls forcing me to finish the quilt in 3 days but it was completely worth it.  It’s the biggest quilt I’ve ever done for myself finishing at 68”x76”.

As you see from the picture there wasn’t a lot of space to layout my blocks in my sewing room.  I rearranged those blocks at least 5 times before it was just right. I had to stand and sew for the first few rows.

The back consist of the nautical symbols J,L,K, and E for our names.  I embroidered a little crab to keep things cute.  I love how it looks like he’s got the sun in his little claws.

I found inspiration for the fmq on Pinterest.  Its loops and little goldfishes.  Like all other fmq I do it started off with a lot of anxiety by turned into something wonderful.  It was the perfect fit for this quilt. Come check out more at my blog Calling All Stitchers.

For this challenge I was inspired by the similarities between the sky and the water, and how the water is just a reflection of the sky. I also wanted to incorporate the idea of old-time sailors navigating the dark waters by following the stars. This is a work-in-progress shot of the sky after it had been sewn into strips and I inserted triangles. I had a lot of trouble figuring out how I wanted to attach the "water" to the sky, and had a lot of trial and error for that part!

Finished piece, hanging in the sunlight. I live hundreds of miles from any large bodies of water, so the back parking lot of my building will have to suffice as a backdrop! The sky and the water in the quilt both fade from light to dark, and the brightness of the stars and unseen moon are reflected in the crests of the waves below. I made the binding out of 4 different fabrics as well, so that it would compliment whatever section it was next to. 

I used similar strips and fabrics for the water, but had them moving horizontally instead of vertically. I kept the finished piece as an irregular shape just to give it a little more movement and visual interest, plus if I cut it down I thought it would end up too tiny! I like the bright pops of aqua that show up when you stand back a bit.

 The quilting thread was a really pretty light aqua, but sadly against the darker blues it pretty much just looks white. For the sky I quilted with dense wavy lives with lots of little free-handed stars. The stars fall from the top of the piece, and end at all different points before reaching the water. The triangles were paper pieced, and then I chopped up the large piece of fabric I had sewn together out of strips previously and inserted them into the "sky."

The water I quilted with horizontal wavy lines, to mimic the movement of the sea. I attached it to the sky section in various angles so it would suggest waves. I think I used blues from every line and designer ever, so that was fun to use new prints and bring out some of the first fabrics I ever bought as well! I knew hoarding turquoise would come in handy one day!
Thanks for looking, I hope you like it!

Vote for your top 5! Voting closes Wednesday August 13, at midnight EST.
FYI, the competitors are allowed to use patterns. Contestants are allowed to recruit from their blogs, social media, family, and friends. One vote per device is allowed. The public vote counts as 50%. The other 50% of the vote comes from our "tribal council" aka Judges. The Top 10 will be revealed next Monday, August 18.

Are you sewing along with the contestants for fun? We'd love to see your work!  Upload to the Sewvivor Sew-Along Flickr group. Or post on Instagram, tagging @sewvivor and @familyeverafter and use hashtags #sewvivor and #sewvivorsewalong! A "SewPrize" will be given to a random sewalong participant, announced next Monday. Until then, keep working on your Nautical projects!

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  1. There can only be ONE! Go Jess!

  2. Great projects! I'm glad we had to vote for 5 and not only a one :)

  3. Amazing, amazing work here. Thank goodness we got five votes. But still hard to narrow it down.

  4. Wow! What an amazing collection of entries!

  5. I am blown away by the sheer talent of this group, just amazing! Rach thanks so much for all your hard work, I know this was a lot of work for you and we really appreciate it!

  6. I don't know who to vote for they are all amazing . Very talented quilters-artists,all I can say...

  7. Thanks so much for everything Rach - it's been such a blast. I can't wait to see how it all turns out - I don't know how anyone can pick their top 5 - every time I think I know I see something else and my mind changes all over again... such amazing work! Thanks for hosting such a cool comp!

  8. Wow! What amazing and talented people. It was so hard to choose. I am really enjoying following this competition.

  9. This has been such an amazing experience! I am so thankful to be a part of this group of super talented people.

  10. so mamy fabulous designs - what a fun challenge !!

  11. Such amazing projects! It was hard to choose 5.

  12. such amazing projects. I am going to take a while to decide :-)

  13. number 3 was the standout winner for me, it was tough to narrow down my other choices

  14. There's some amazing talent there.

  15. So much talent in one little blog post.

  16. Go Sewviors! THanks for hosting such a fab event Rach :)

  17. I think all the contestants are very talented. Well done to them all, and to you for organising it.

  18. I hope this is how we vote! #6 and #14 are amazing! Great work!

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