Grandpa's Waves - Julie Brown Neu

Grandpa’s Waves

Waves 2015 11 03

This is the top that I finished yesterday.  A little over a week ago, on the day that would have been my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary (though I didn’t realize it at the time because I rarely know what day it is), I started thinking about my grandfather and was inspired to make a quilt for him.  So, I began the way I usually do with a quilt design and started capturing the words that came to mind as I thought about Grandpa. Since he was in the Navy in WWII, that was the first thing that I thought about, which ultimately led to a blue quilt in a pattern that reminds me of waves.

The block I used is unbelievably simple, but I love it. I’ve already planned a quilt for myself in which I’ll turn the blocks to run vertically and will add plain strips on either side.  The block is a dark blue quarter square triangle from a 9 1/2″ square, sewn to a cream quarter square triangle of the same size. They are then sewn to a half square triangle of the lighter blue (9″ square) and then the block is cut down to 8 1/2″ unfinished. Alternating blocks are rotated to get the wave design. Refreshingly simple.

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