“Why are Pirates called Pirates?”

“Because they AAARRRRRGH”. This is my brother Julian’s favourite joke, if frequency of repetition is anything to go by. Of course it could be that it is the only joke he knows that is suitable for my children.


This is Rory’s library bag for school. The front of it is completed, and it is waiting to be turned into a bag. I have some great Pirate Map fabric for the back and I am thinking of lining it with black. As school starts in 10 days, we were running out of time for me to needle-turn the applique (which I would have preferred), so I completed it with fusible web and buttonhole stitch, as it was designed.

Quilters Companion No.17

It was designed by Natashia Curtin of Smee Designs and was printed in a copy of Quilters Companion (No. 17 – Vol. 5, No. 1) and Rory was very definite that that was what he wanted and not something I designed. It has been quite some time since I have done any applique with fusible web and buttonhole stitch – It is a great method of applique for beginners, but can get quite thick where more than one layer of fusible web overlaps. I was very pleased with the coin fabric that is cascading out of the chest, and I needle-turned it, and the little map that the pirate is holding, so as not to obscure any of their fine detail with embroidery thread.

Now all I have to do is finish it, in all my spare time…..

2 thoughts on ““Why are Pirates called Pirates?”

  1. Hi Claire,

    Glad Rory liked the bag! 🙂 That coin material is great. I liked your butterfly doodles too. I just finished my butterfly quilt version about 6 months ago- now I have to finish the stitching. 🙂

    All the best,

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