The Sail Inn Welcome Sign

Welcome sign detail inspired by life on the emerald coast of NW Florida. gulfcoastquilts.com

Welcome sign detail inspired by life on the emerald coast of NW Florida. gulfcoastquilts.com

My wonderful husband surprised me with a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas. I didn’t even know I wanted one but I acted excited on Christmas morning.

The truth is…I was afraid of it.

I took it out of the box and thought, “I’m in way over my head with this thing.” It sat in my office for 6 weeks, taunting me. Finally, I got up my nerve and decided to take on the Silhouette software. The manufacturer claimed you could import and create your own images and cut just about anything. I needed a project.

Inspiration came to me while enjoying a wonderful Valentine’s Day breakfast at one of our favorite local restaurants. I found my project at the Sail Inn; they needed a welcome sign and I loved their logo. I would use the Silhouette Cameo and copy their logo.

Logo for the Sail Inn Sandwich SHop

Logo for the Sail Inn Sandwich Shop

I watched a somewhat confusing youtube tutorial about importing and customizing graphics, but I learned enough to get started. Then, I tracked down a similar perching pelican graphic through a google search of images. Importing and formatting the image took a while but I figured it out. I also learned how to import and cut fonts and purchase images directly from Silhouette. My goal, however, was to learn how to create my own graphics. Mission accomplished. From what I’ve seen, only the Silhouette Cameo offers that option. To make sure I had the process mastered I created several gulf coast inspired graphics. (See photos at the end.)

I cut the fonts, and the flying and perching pelicans, and started the applique and quilting process. Here’s the finished sign.

The Sail Inn Welcome Sign by gulfcoastquilts.com

The Sail Inn Welcome Sign by gulfcoastquilts.com

Then, I started making blocks with the other graphics I created. These are individual 12 x 14 wall hangings but I think I’m going to tackle a quilt made of these blocks in various Gulf Coast colors. I’m thinking about palm tress, blue herons, sandpipers…the image options are countless with the Cameo.

My husband knew exactly what I needed even when I didn’t. He’s amazing. I’m a lucky woman.

I purchased the dolphin and sailboat graphics from Silhouette for .99 each.  You can cut them any size up to 12 inches in width. Here are the completed blocks:

Wall-hanging quilt blocks inspired by life on the emerald coast of NW Florida. gulfcoastquilts.com

Wall-hanging quilt blocks inspired by life on the emerald coast of NW Florida. gulfcoastquilts.com

Wall-hanging quilt blocks inspired by life on the emerald coast of NW Florida. gulfcoastquilts.com

Wall-hanging quilt blocks inspired by life on the emerald coast of NW Florida. gulfcoastquilts.com

Wall-hanging quilt blocks inspired by life on the emerald coast of NW Florida. gulfcoastquilts.com

Wall-hanging quilt blocks inspired by life on the emerald coast of NW Florida. gulfcoastquilts.com

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