I was supposed to be working on quilting a large quilt last weekend, but while scrolling through my iPad for inspiration, I remembered I purchased Elizabeth Hartman's Preppy the Whale pattern a little while ago and all of the sudden, I just had to make a mini quilt with these whales.
This mini would be so cool on the wall of the Island House with a couple of green whales! I pulled out some Kona Ash for the background, Kona Pool and Kona Emerald for the two green whales, a white and black print from Connecting Threads for the other whales and got started cutting and piecing.
Before too long, I had all four whales pieced.
And then I noticed the two green whales weren't the right size - they were too long! Both of them! I had a choice: unpick the middle piece from both whales and fix the mistake or get a little creative and find a way to make it work.
I really don't like using my seam ripper so instead, I cut some more Ash and changed the layout a little bit. I then added borders and had myself a finished quilt top.
I have to say I was quite pleased with my decision. The whales look like they are swimming!
While I basted it, I tried to decide how to quilt my Preppy the Whale mini. I went back and forth about which quilting designs to use... fancy FMQ... simple straight lines... a mix of both? In the end, I went with wavy lines with the walking foot. Sort of like waves! Very quick but super effective with the design of the quilt me thinks!
I finished everything off with a Kona Candy Green binding and a cool text print for the backing.
And now this little quilt will be packed up and go over to the Island House in April, when we re-open the house for the summer.
Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Devoted Quilter for TGIFF.