Monday, October 8, 2012

Baby Whales

This silly little baby quilt sure has done some traveling lately! I sent it off to a friend in Seattle, but had a small error in the address. The quilt was sent back to me, at which point I corrected the address and sent it off again! The first time I sent it out would have been great timing, as it would have arrived the day before my friend had her baby. But a surprise package after the first few sleepless nights can be just as fun!
Baby Whales Quilt - front
I found this adorable whale print at JoAnn Fabrics and just had to have some! From the very first time I saw this print, it made me think of a friend in Seattle who was expecting a baby boy. When I got home I realized that I had lots of great coordinating prints in my stash, so I cut some strips and had a quilt top in no time flat! (Finished size is approximately 32" x 44")
Baby Whales Quilt - details
During the same trip to JoAnn's when I found the whale fabric, I also picked up a copy of Angela Walters' AMAZING book, Free Motion Quilting With Angela Walters. I love all of the designs that she shares, and I chose the modern clamshells for this quilt. Knowing that I wouldn't be able to keep the clamshells all the same size, I went a bit wonky with it. I really love how it turned out, and I can't wait to use this quilting style again!
Baby Whales Quilt - details 
For the back I pieced some yardage from my stash. The binding is a light grey stripe from Sweetwater's Sunkissed line.
Baby Whales Quilt - back
The main print on the back is from Mini Mikes:
Baby Whales Quilt - label This turned out to be one of my favorite quilts - from the simple strips to the colors and the fun quilting! And my friend sent me a message as soon as she received the quilt to say that she loves it!

If it feels a bit quiet around here, it's because I'm crazy busy with some sewing for my sister's wedding. I'm just about done with 2 flowergirl dresses, and then I move onto her wedding quilt! Unfortunately I won't be able to share any pics of it for a bit, because my sister reads my blog. ;) I should have a few wedding un-related things to share along the way, I hope!


Heather D. said...

Adorable quilt, and I really like the wonky clamshells. Fun! Glad that the quilt has mdae it to its final desination finally. :)

Jenniffier said...

Adorable. I really like the quilting and the color combinations.

Kristan said...

Really great fabric choices! That whale print is pretty cute. I'm gonna have to pick up a little cut for an I-Spy quilt.

Kelly said...

Super cute. What a wonderful gift for the new mamma!

felicity said...

Sometimes it's not that convenient to be The One Who Sews. ;)

I looooove this quiltie! And yeah, that book is pretty great - have it on my birthday list after checking it out from the library. It's definitely worth adding to my personal library.

The Cozy Pumpkin said...

Those whales are darling!!!!! Love the simplicity of the design so the fabric speaks.

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Marla said...

Love the whales and the coordinating fabrics.

CitricSugar said...

Finally caught up! This is precious.

And your Mod Christmas!!! Oh, wow! Love the way you've used Dresdens - just amazing. (and my inner nerd is giddy because they remind me a little of the blueprints for the Death Star...)

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is really just so cute!

Samantha said...

Love the whales. What a perfect baby boy quilt.