St Kitts Island Quilt

fullsizeoutput_2d35My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary on a cruise in the Caribbean. One of my favorite tours was on the island of St Kitts which is known for its batiks made on the island since the seventies. Caribelle Batiks is located in the historic Romney Manor, “Once home to Sam Jefferson II, the great great great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of U.S.A.) the great house was renamed Romney Manor following its acquisition in the early 17th century by the Earl of Romney”. You can visit the website here: Caribelle BatiksIMG_4756The grounds of the Romney Manor are quite lovely, with a 350 year old sprawling tree that spans over a half acre as a focal point. Colorful island flowers and plants complete the magical garden.IMG_4757Within the Manor, rooms filled with expertly dyed batiks of all colors and patterns are made into scarfs, garments, bags, pillow covers, napkins, tablecloths, wall hangings, etc. Just about anything you can imagine is made from the expertly designed and dyed batiks. I purchased a bag of scraps and a large table cloth.IMG_4761With the bag of scraps I wanted to make something special and representative of our trip to the Caribbean. Once home, I looked through the scraps for inspiration. The colors reminded me of the turquoise water and waves, the amazing sky and picturesque sunsets, and the ships and boats.IMG_4774I researched quilt blocks of sailboat patterns and when I found just the right one, I started to cut and sew. My mini quilt came together quickly, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had used just about every inch of the scraps except for the yellow/ purple pieces that just didn’t fit the color palette. fullsizeoutput_2d30I added white sashing and a  turquoise border with a tiny border made from the bits and pieces left from the nine sailboat blocks. fullsizeoutput_2d33I free motion quilted the little wall-hanging with designs that resembled waves and sails, and used my favorite sew-by-machine binding method to finish it.fullsizeoutput_2d2fIt presently hangs on our living room wall, a sweet reminder of the wonderful trip we took together. It was a  fun and exciting trip that I enjoyed more than anything. I look forward to more adventures together with my husband in the years to come. Meanwhile a quilting and a sewing I will go as I love that too!




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Seamstress, Sewist, Artist, Fashionista, Quilter, Upcycler, Textile Obsessed!
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8 Responses to St Kitts Island Quilt

  1. What a lovely quilt! The idea of quilt making with native fabrics as a remembrance of a vacation or special event is so meaningful. You did a beautiful job! I also love the cat dress you’re wearing! Too cute! Congrats on 25 years.

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  2. Connie Hickerson says:

    Hi Barbara, congratulations and I’m glad you guys had a great trip. You both look great. As always your quilting looks amazing. Connie Hickerson


  3. Anny says:

    What a great idea! You did a fabulous job! And I like that purse you’re wearing on the boat. Didi you make it?

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  4. zibergirl says:

    My daughter brought that purse back from Nepal. I love it too! Thank you for your kind compliments!


  5. Maria says:

    Love the quilt & also your hair! Did you cut it short?

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