November 27, 2010

Dolphin Island Quilt...

In the mid-1960's I saw the movie "Island of Blue Dolphins". I was ten years old then, and the movie became one of my favorites. I've always remembered the movie, and later read the book (click here if you'd like to read the Wikipedia information). I'd dream of being self-sufficient and living off the land. Even being a kid, I was sure I could do it.

All these years later (we won't mention just how many), I still have a deep love for the intelligent and beautiful dolphins. If I see them while we're out on our boat, I always ask Handsome if we can linger for a better look - and one of the things on my Bucket List is to some day swim with the wild dolphins. (I've even asked our friend, Manny, if he would take me to swim with them some time!) I also now know that I can be self-sufficient and live off the land should the need arise.

This year, I decided to make a dolphin quilt for a special young man in our life as a Christmas gift. In spite of the inspiration, I would not wish to completely plagiarize the title of the book and movie, so I'm calling this quilt "Dolphin Island".
The waters surrounding this island are teeming with schools of fish and families of friendly dolphins. Once our young man sets foot on the island, he's sure to search for the buried pirate's treasure. I can tell you now that when the quilt top is finished, there will be a special marker on the island to mark the location of the treasure. I'm quite sure it's going to have the little black dotted lines to help our young adventurer find the booty! I think that we'll play it safe, though, and leave the pirates for another day.

I'm over half finished on the quilt top and plan to finish it today. If things progress without a snag, I'll even do the machine quilting today, too.

I hope your Sunday is also filled with blue skies and happy pursuits.

9 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Sweetie, that's one lucky little boy. What a beautiful quilt and the pirate theme is so popular with little boys now. I just love your Florida dolphin and blue water.

Just checking in before heading back to bed to see if you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I certainly hope so.

Lots of hugs....Tracy :)

Liszha said...

Wow! You work fast! Someone is gonna be so happy!

Suzann said...

Quite lovely!!
That is one of my daughter's favorite books.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Beautiful quilt!

That was one of my fave books, too! :-)

Hugs,
Anne

Createology said...

This quilt is so thoughtful and special. I do believe you have thought of every aspect to cover. Very lucky young man especially if he learns he can do anything and be self sufficient just like you.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful my very talented friend. Lovely, lovely. You amaze me with your gifted hands. Touched by God himself! No doubt.

Love to you~

Rebecca

Sarah said...

What a lucky little guy to get to snuggle under this fun quilt. You think of all the details, Donna. Can't wait to see it completely finished. ~ sarah

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Hello my friend. What an amazing quilt. I hope to be able to get quilting this winter. I have 4 or 5 quilts I need to make.

big hugs
cindy@stitches

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Donna he will love this quilt from you. It is beautiful and such a wonderful gift to give.
Hope you are well honey. I know this is a special week for you.
Love ya
Maggie

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