Saturday, September 26, 2015

preppy the whale

Yay!  Another baby shower!  This one for a family that loves to fish.  

I know, I know, whales are mammals, not fish.   
This irresistible pattern is Preppy the Whale by Elizabeth Hartman.  

I used various solids from my stash and an aqua ombre fabric from  V&Co. for the background.  PSA:  If you are vacationing and forget your cutting mat, the back of a cutting board works great as one!

Not till the top was completely finished did a glaring mistake start shouting at me.  How did I miss that third whale in the middle column? first time undoing a block on a finished top.  

I quilted this with organic wavy lines, of course!  Aurifil #5006 from my prize box was a perfect match!

The back is a super thick and cozy flannel by Robert Kaufmann.  For this reason I used the thinnest Quilter's Dream Cotton (request loft) batting.  I didn't want the quilt to be too heavy to be dragged around by a little one.

Then came time for binding.  Originally I planned a wide satin binding.  I was going for lots of different textures in this quilt.  The width and the satin became such a struggle that I changed my mind.  My second attempt was the flannel from the back.  Remember how super think and cozy I said it was?  Not great for binding.  So my third and final choice was the ombre fabric from the front.  Just right!

Wrapped, "ribboned" and ready for gifting! 

 Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. I love everything about this cute quilt. Especially the wavy quilting. What a delightful gift for the new baby!

    1. Thanks Lorna. I'm getting better with the wavy lines. It looks so simple, but keeping it all balanced and random is challenging for me. I only had to unpicked 1 1/2 rows this time!

  2. It looks fantastic! You did an excellent job on this one. I love the whales.

  3. Love Preppy!!! The wavy lines are perfect for this quilt. Wonderful job.

  4. So pretty! Great combo of colors, quilting and everything :)

  5. Such a sweet quilt. Lucky little one.

  6. Stunning, and this will grow as the baby grows too, Love those bright colours.

  7. Wow this is a great quilt. Beautiful.