Preppy the Whale

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.  . . . .


About Heather Peterson

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26 Responses to Preppy the Whale

  1. Carol Jacobs says:

    Very cute. Especially love the quilting. The splash is great.

  2. polwygle says:

    Love the attention to detail!

  3. Jane says:

    Your kids r so darn cute & your quilts are too!

  4. Vicki in MN says:

    The quilt is super cute as are your sweet little models!! They are just so photogenic!

  5. Sandra says:

    I love getting pictures from you, because I know your boys will be there! Very cute quilt, and very good that they share.

  6. Jane Wimmer says:

    Oh Heather! It is absolutely adorable!!! Can I ask what scissors you have laying on your frame? Do you like it and where did you get it??? Miss you!!! The boys are getting so big and are so handsome!

    • Hi Jane – Miss you too! The scissors is a Karen K. Buckley scissors. I have it in two sizes – the purple one and the aqua blue one shown. I like the blue one best. Have a great Christmas!


  7. quiltnqueen says:

    What an adorable quilt! and perfect quilting choices!!

  8. Marie P says:

    Way cute & I love the colors.

  9. Chookyblue says:

    Great quilt….. Love the colours you choose……

  10. Karen Wolter says:

    so cute, it is adorable. I am sure the boys love it, Merry Christmas

  11. Avis says:

    you are amazing

  12. Kris P says:

    Super cute! Thank you for breaking down the quilting process for us.

  13. Perfect in every way – piecing, quilting and binding. I am swooning over that binding idea!

  14. Linda fleming says:

    Wonderful quilt and quilting too! Your boys must be so much fun to be around!

  15. Jen B says:

    Gorgeous quilt. I love this pattern, but I have no one to make it for yet.

  16. hgeorgakis says:

    Your colors are outstanding and your quilting is terrific–thanks for sharing.

  17. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Excellent! Love the pics, cutie pie boys, and your wonderful quilt!

  18. Anne Simonot says:

    It’s adorable!! Her patterns are awesome. I am starting a Fancy Fox quilt for my grandson after the holidays are over.

  19. Tiffany says:

    It’s adorable and the quilting is fantastic

  20. What a fun quilt, and such cute boys posing with it 🙂

  21. Cindy Hagen says:

    Love it!

  22. Dave and Judy Koch says:

    How blessed you are with those two adorable boys. Love the quilt too, and the binding.

  23. This is adorable (love the little water spouts in the quilting) and so is he.

  24. Glenna says:

    I love love love your house. Can I come live with you?

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