Friday, October 2, 2009

A Tale of a Whale

I’ve made progress on the first UFO on my list.

First, a little background: This quilt began as a fabric panel of an undersea scene, called Coral Reef. I selected various parts of the fabric to highlight and fussy cut them. Then I added narrow borders to each scene, and surrounded them with simple 2 inch squares of “ocean-ey” fabric.

I wanted the effect to be like you were looking into an aquarium. I showed what the original wall hanging looked like in my last post.

Here’s what the Coral Reef quilt top looks like now:

I added another row of checkerboard squares to the top and bottom, and expanded the navy blue sashing to contain them. Then I added an additional 3 inch border all the way around the top. I It’s not the wall-hanging size I had originally planned, but that’s how it goes. Sometimes quilts take on a life of their own. What used to be a 46 inch square top, now measures 54 X 74.

I didn’t have a piece of fabric big enough for a backing for this sea monster, so I ended up creating one by piecing what I had leftover from the front. Here’s what the back looks like:

(You didn’t really think I could go much longer without posting a picture of Toby, did you?)

I’m pretty happy to get going again on this quilt. Now it’s time to get out the big table and start basting.

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  1. Come to think of it, it has been a while since we've seen Toby! I love your creativity in making up this quilt. It turned out so beautifully.

  2. That is one nice quilt, front and back. One you can be proud of. And yes, sometimes quilts take on a life of their own. They certianly can speak to us at times. Great job.

  3. What a beautiful quilt. Blue is so calming and we were just saying last night at a restaurant that has a tropical fish tank how calming it is watching the fish. I haven't seen Toby for awhile eihter. It's great you got working on finishing it. Some quilts just need to be out and shared.

  4. Oh,l love that. It's perfect. It is funny how projects grow all on their own isn't it? Lane


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