Waterfront Park Bunk Quilt

You have heard of “planned over” Vs. “left over” meals? Well, this is a planned over quilt. When I was shopping the Waterfront Park collection (by Violet Craft for Michael Miller) for the Bridge Challenge last year, two ideas were forming. 1. I was buying more of the required challenge fabric than I would use because I hadn’t settled on the design yet. 2. I loved the “Bridgetown” print, but couldn’t see it in the challenge bridge quilt.

So I bought “Bridgetown,” “Flight,” and “Domino Dot” in navy, planning to use it with whatever left over fabric I had after completing the challenge quilt, supplementing from stash if need be.


The navy blue large pieces above are “Bridgetown” (all of Portland’s bridges) and “Domino Dot” (in honor of the domino games played in the park); the red bird print on white is “Flight.” The fourth design is “Reflections.” From the many color choices (and variations of dark on light) I narrowed my needs to teals and reds for the bridge challenge, thinking they would also go well with the navy “extra.”

I cut the “Bridgetown” fabric into four repeats and used them as if they were a panel; adding a square to get from WOF to the needed 50-inch width was easy. Next came the checkerboard. To cut squares and arrange or plan on graph paper? Since I had some large pieces and would prefer to have left overs in large pieces, I decided to work with graph paper.

Quilt top

50 x 70


It took several plans to accommodate the colors in hand. Or I should say to deal with absence of colors. I didn’t have nearly enough red for most ideas, and also was short on navy “flight” and “domino dot” for some. So I opted for clustering with a wee bit of red in the blue section and dark in the lighter red section in an attempt to unify the whole.

This is the second of the three planned bunk quilts for the guild’s camp project (first is here). On to planning the third, then quilting both.

I’ll be linking with Le Challenge–January’s challenge was Dots–and Oh Scrap! for the portion that was made from left overs/planned overs. And yes, even though there wasn’t enough for a couple of my ideas, there are scraps left for another project. I’ll be mixing them in with my other scraps rather than continuing to work with a single line. No immediate plans for them. And Let’s Bee Social.


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16 responses to “Waterfront Park Bunk Quilt

  1. Love this quilt! I have some amazing large scale, directional prints I’ve never been able to figure out what to do with. You nailed it!

  2. Somehow it seems there are always enough scraps left over for another project lol. I love the addition of red in this quilt.

  3. Love scrappy quilts and this one is fabulous!

  4. dezertsuz

    I very much like the way this turned out. I think the skinny red pieces really just make the quilt!

  5. I like the way you shop with ‘planned over’ in mind! I hope you have fun now with the leftovers!
    I am visiting from Le Challenge!

  6. Hi!!!! It is very pretty!!!! I also love the red added in!!!! It really pops!!!!

  7. Vera

    I also like the red addition. It brings interest to the blue section.

  8. Great use of the bridge fabrics and the red really adds the fun! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  9. The fabric was an inspiration, but the execution was wonderful – I love the colors and the checkerboard additions.
    Kathy T. in Tampa

  10. cher

    Well done in getting your planned over quilt top done! Eventually I will use my same fabrics in a donation quilt.

  11. Oh, I love the fabrics in this so much!!! What a lovely quilt! 🙂

  12. I like your quilt it has lots to look at which is what type of quilts I enjoy! You did a wonderful job with your color choices!

  13. martidiy

    I love the bridges fabric and the way you alternated the rows with the extra strip. I think it’s so neat that you are making quilts for campers. I bet they really love those quilts.

  14. Love the use of scraps – thanks for sharing on le challenge.

  15. love that blue fabric with the bridges, very nice

  16. I realy, really like it. It has a fresh, bold look.

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