Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ghost Ship – Ciudad de Inca

Quilt # 138

This is a quilt I finished recently.

Ghost Ship - Ciudad de Inca

A little history

In 1984, my sixteen year old son, Glenn won a one-week trip on a tall ship on Lake Ontario through the Ontario Lottery Second Chance draw. The draw was for holders of losing tickets, and the Ontario Lottery awarded 100 cruises for people aged 14 to 18. Thank you Uncle Don, who kept putting his nephews names on his losing lottery tickets.

from my scrapbook

At that time this ship was the oldest wooden square-rigger still afloat. It was launched in 1858 in Barcelona, Spain and used as a trans-Atlantic cargo ship.

A few years ago, Glenn and his wife Sue, were in Halifax and the tall ships were in port. Glenn was quite excited to revisit the Ciudad de Inca but could not find her.

After doing some research they found that she had changed name (yet again, see below) and had actually been wrecked on the coast of Cornwall in 1995.

From Wikipedia:
Career (UK)

Maria Asumpta
Nicholas Pida
Badalona, Spain, 1858
Maria Asumpta
Pepita (1930s)
Ciudad de Inca (1953)
Maria Asumpta (1988)

wrecked at Padstow, Cornwall, 30 May 1995

This quilt was made for him as a memory keepsake and who knows, her ghost may still be sailing the Atlantic.

I took lots of photos as I made this quilt showing my process and progress.

I hand dyed the fabric by letting the dye wick up the fabric that was tied up.  The dark area (top of quilt) was the standing in the dye pot.

Dyed fabric and stitching for trapunto

Back showing trapunto batting

Insert for reversible sleeve

Quilt info at top of sleeve instead of label

Top of quilt stitched down

Starting second coat of white Tsukineko ink on sails and ship

Auditioning binding



Reverse side


Happy Quilting,


Quilt Name: Ghost Ship - Ciudad de Inca
Description: Reversible hand-dyed, painted and quilted
Pattern: Original design (ship from photograph)
Size: 20” x 26”
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Blue, white, black on reverse side
Construction Techniques: Hand dyed by wicking, trapunto, painting with white Tsukineko ink and free motion quilted.
Back: 100% black egyptian cotton
Batting: Warm and Natural cotton
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Free motion quilted on Domestic Machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: reversible sleeve
Label: On top edge of quilt as part of sleeve
Date completed: 2013
Inspiration: for memory keepsake and photo of ship
Maker: Terry Whyte


Sew Sisters Quilt Shop said...

It's stunning!

ReBecca P said...

Amazing Work!

Judy Ferguson said...

What a very interesting and unique concept. I love the back view too.

Heather P said...

I saw the tall ships in Halifax, too. They were amazing!

The ghost ship piece is beautiful. And thank you for sharing your process!

landscapelady said...

I can not tell you how much I love this quilt! It is amazing! Wicking the dye to give that eerie ghostly foggy feel - brilliant. Bravo and well done.

Threadpainter said...

Simply gorgeous ! Great history, fabulous technique, meticulus work !

MulticoloredPieces said...

Very interesting and wonderful quilting on this piece. Beautiful on both sides!
best from Tunisia,

Anonymous said...

I was on the same ship in '84. I can't remember Glenn but what a week. He would remember me and my buddy. We were the only 18 year olds and since it was a British ship we were allowed centain privileges.
They are in Georgian Bay now but nothing like the original fleet we were on!