Oceana, 36 x 36, by Linda Jean Peterson at Cape Cod Art Studio
Based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Linda Peterson says that the influence of the seashore is never far away. Linda hand-pieced and hand-quilted the magnificent Oceana, above. She has used a series of monochromatic blue tones, whose values enhance the illusion of arcs and circles. Upon looking closer, we were entranced by the sea-themed fabrics depicting whales and shells in the horizontal diamonds. We also love the ocean waves fabric in the square centers of the blocks.
Representing the four points of the compass, the gold triangles which extend into the borders are actually three-dimensional prairie points. They are tacked with sparkling golden charms: North is a flag, East is a lighthouse, South is a fish, and West is a sailboat. A few other charms are sprinkled throughout the quilt, and the hand-quilting reflects a nautical theme, such as a lighthouse and an anchor. Linda notes that the small gold border is also a three-dimensional tube (sometimes known as a "flange" in the western U.S.)
True to our namesake, we were fascinated to learn what inspired Linda to make this beautiful quilt. Linda wrote to us that she created Oceana for her oldest son, who was a commercial fisherman for many years and who endured many storms at sea. She says, "If you look closely - or click on the quilt image to expand it - on the left side running up through the middle wave, you can see quilted lettering 'Wayward Son', which was the name of my son's 49-foot fishing boat."