Thursday, February 11, 2016

Preppy the Whale Mini

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.

Izzy

13 comments:

  1. Changing the layout was a great decision! The quilt is much more interesting this way than if they all lined up perfectly. I love the colours of the whales, and the quilting looks great. Thanks for linking to TGIFF :)

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  2. I agree completely with Leanne. And I am seam-ripper challenged as well. Work-arounds are the best! :)

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  3. Very creative fix! It looks wonderful!

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  4. It is perfect! I love the fabrics you chose, and the changes you made to the pattern have made it more interesting. Great job!

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  5. I just bought this pattern.... great job! I like the whales staggered. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love Preppy!! I like the colours you choose, and good call on adding the borders rather than taking the blocks apart.

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  7. Love your color choices! The different sizes of the whale and the setting make the quilt more interesting, that was a great idea.

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  8. Your whales are so cute! You used the little difference in length to change up the layout and add a lot of interest, I really like it.

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  9. So adorable, your mistake really made the quilt, it does look like they are swimming in a group! Great fabric/colors.

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  10. I love your little Whale... they are so cute! I was trying to catch up a little on your blog. I really love the bias tape mini. It's stunning!

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