There’s nothing like presenting a gift that has love in every stitch. Such was the case when I gave this adorable “Andrew” whale quilt to my Daughter-In-Law Jaqueline on the day of her baby shower. She chose the pattern from the book Fat Quarter Baby, and asked that I choose colors that reflected their “under the sea” theme. She wanted to be surprised, so I picked out the fabrics in secret. I found the fat quarters at a booth called Custom Creations at Road to California, and I was off an running!
The pattern was fairly simple. I had a heck of a time however…not the pattern’s fault, but my own brain translating the instructions. But I never gave up, and with the help of my husband, was able to correct any boo-boos and finish the quilt in under three weeks.
I didn’t realize that I had chosen two fabrics that had directional designs. This made piecing a bit more difficult, but certainly not impossible. Here’s the in-progress quilt top. My hubby placed all the bubbles for me before I appliquéd them down!
We experimented with this built in wave pattern on my Baby Lock Aria machine. What a gift! It worked perfectly!
And then a miracle happened! For the first time, my husband asked if he could stitch one of the borders…of course I said YES!
The sandwich ready to be quilted!
Then a second miracle happened….da hubs offered to do ALL of the quilting. WOW! I happily gave up my chair after he mapped out and marked the whole design.
It took him about 2 1/2 hours to complete the quilting. Can you tell he’s really happy with the result? Trust me, I’m so impressed and it’s gorgeous! Oh, and I had him pose in front of “Revolution”, the quilt he designed. It’s still a work in progress.
I chose to machine stitch the binding to the front, then hand stitch it to the back. I really enjoy hand stitching with a good movie and hubby for company! But first, I wanted to watch a tutorial on binding, a refresher course if you will. I love this video by Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop. It really helped me to feel confident and well informed!
Finally, the day of the shower arrived. It was so nice to get such wonderful compliments on the quilt, and even nicer still, to say that BOTH Nona AND Papa worked on this project together. Talk about stitching with love!!! I also made the adorable teddy bear you see in the crib. Here’s the link to THAT post lol!
I attached a label with the instruction that the quilt not be washed yet. After baby comes (he/she is due in late April) I’ll add baby’s name and birth date to the label, then we can soften it up with a gentle run through the washing machine.
Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for your support and love!
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