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Lessons I-VII and Quilting Archives

Lighthouse Quilt

Several years ago my stepdaughter Clarie asked me to make her a quilt featuring her favorite Maine lighthouse, the one at Bass Harbor. This is a very well known and often photographed lighthouse, located on Mount Desert Island. I put this project off for several years, but I did gather photos and line drawings of the scene. I also saved a number of nautical-themed quilt designs from several magazines. Finally, I found what I was looking for in terms of inspiration, a quilt made by Mari Martin, as shown in “Quilt” magazine, that featured sailboats, shells, anchors.

I decided that the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse block had to be in the center. Originally I had planned to do a paper-pieced block of my own design, but then I happened upon a printed pillow panel with the lighthouse in an appropriate size, and this became the center panel of my quilt. I kept the idea of the four sailboats, one in each corner, but did make two of them mirror images. I added some shells and seaweed blocks, and a block featuring lobster buoys in the same colors that Clarie’s grandfather used. The photos to the right show some of the blocks that were included in the quilt.

The prairie points were added as a special feature, as I thought they looked like the signal flags used on sailing ships.
I changed up the color scheme to include greens and tans as well as the original red, white and blue. The two photos below this text show the almost completed quilt and finally, the finished product.