Earlier this year I started a whale quilt for my oldest son. His favorite show is Octonauts and he loves learning about ocean creatures. So, when I saw the Preppy the Whale pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, I wanted to make it for him.
I just used fabrics from my stash, so my colors aren’t as cute as hers, but he still likes it. I had leftovers from a bundle of Moda’s Mochi Linens, so I wanted to use them up. You know how that is . . . .
I had some fun machine quilting this one. It looks complicated, but it’s actually quite simple.
I started with a simple wave in the horizontal sashing.
Next, I added an echo under the first wave. Then I added an echo above the top of the second wave, while adding in a big splash when I came to each tail.
After all the waves and echoes were done, I added the filler in between. (The little one thinks the quilt is his too, so luckily big brother is willing to share.)
Lastly, I used my scraps to make rainbow binding. I carefully calculated my math so I used each color from the quilt twice, in the order that I used it in the quilt. It didn’t go quite how I had planned – as I must have been slightly off with my number and had to insert one more piece found in my stash.
This was a very fun quilt to make. There were lots of tiny pieces to cut, so I was happy to be done with the cutting. It was smooth sailing after that. Having little boys is a fun excuse to be able to make quilts I normally wouldn’t. A whale quilt doesn’t go with the décor in my main living area (it would be perfect for an ocean side beach house), but it sure is cute in a boys room. . . . .