So I made her this Orca quilt. I looked high and low for orca whale fabric! Online, in stores, everywhere I could think of.. and no orca whale fabric. I was upset as I really wanted her to have this quilt as a memory of her younger years when her passion for the Orca whale was so meaningful to her. One day, I went to the thrift store and bought several bags (gallon ziplock size) of fabric. I couldn't see most of the fabric in the bag, stuffed full, but the outside fabrics I could see were cotton, and for $3.99 I figured I'd find enough in there that I could use. So I bought 3 bags of fabric.
Once, home, straight to the laundry room I go with the bags of fabric. I am opening them and pulling out the fabric pieces and all were pretty good, and then IT happened...
.I thought my heart literally skipped a beat.. I know I caught my breath as I opened the fabric and saw.... yes you guessed it.. here was this big panel of Orca whales! I thought my eyes were playing tricks, but no..it was a beautiful panel of orca whales! I couldn't believe it! After I pulled myself down from the sky, I opened another bag and there was 2 yards of her second favorite animal..dolphins! It was kind of a toss up which she liked better...Orca's or dolphins, she just loved both of them! Here I searched everywhere and finally.... it found me!
So I used the Orca panel to make the one side of the quilt....it is a twin size. I used a deep blue to "resemble" the ocean and did a meander FMQ all over. The whales , the coral reef and the upper mountains there, I outline stitched so they kind of popped a bit away from the "water" area. The back I did my first attempt at the Bargello pattern! I was excited about doing this, and it was okay. I learned alot. I wanted a wavy pattern but got this...and realized that the reason I got this... and not a more wavy pattern was because I was cutting rectangle pieces instead of an even square piece. However, this turned out pretty nice and she really liked it. I intended for the waves to mimic the ocean waves hitting shore, with the browns at the bottom to be the beach and the white the caps of the waves...however, it was a bit weird as the brown is at the bottom for the beach, but also at the top due to the wave adjustments of the pieces. So I told her it was a "reversible" quilt...can be the beach each way you look at it! I put on a border and a binding and it was done.
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!