I had so much fun on this quilt along! Great friends joined in – ones that I met in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers group and some as Island Batik ambassadors. I will do quilts in alphabetical order or first name, so you get to see everyone’s. Feel free to check out their blogs too to see what else they are up to!
Barbara Gaddy of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb is up first. She did hers all in Island Batik fabrics! I just love the pink border and her gorgeous quilting on this. I feel like I am in Bermuda when I look at this quilt.
A little secret, Barb actually has done two and this is her first! This one has an entirely different feel to it, and I love it as much as the first. Her kelp is light in both of them and I think that works perfectly.
Emily Leachman of The Darling Dogwood took a different approach. She didn’t do all the creatures, but instead made 4 each! I love what she did and and you can read about her process here. The wavy quilting is perfect. She didn’t make the kelp but I don’t think you miss it at all in the quilt.
But wait, yes this is her back! What to do with the extras, well make this the best double sided quilt ever for a kid! I love the fun print she used on the back…octupus, kangaroo, hedgehog…oh my goodness!
And here is “Annaleigh’s Aquarium” visiting the Atlantic Ocean before being sent off to her rightful owner. This is all Island Batik fabric from when I was an ambassador and Hobbs batting, too. It is a gift that keeps on giving.
I added two fabrics to the stash, the back and the binding. The back was a fun bubbly pattern called Mini Bubbles Marble and the binding had some of the red oranges. I love the way it turned out.
Rose Moy Mikulski of Something Rose Made made this beauty and posted about it here. I love love love the dark blue grunge background and her fabric choices are so awesome. The binding is just the right hint of color on the end. Now Rose was, I think, the most reluctant of the group…she likes her big squares and rectangles so these folded corners almost sent her around the bend. You can tell that from this beauty she created!
I just love the back she chose and the wavy quilting to reflect the ocean and the back…perfect.
Last but not least, is Wendy Tuma of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life. Her quilt traveled the farthest for pictures, accompanying her to Florida, before the quarantine kicked in. This quilt will have memories and you can read her final piece on it here. Her background is closer to Elizabeth Hartman’s but her fabric choices are so vibrant! I love them.
Wendy instigated the question, is it a manatee or a seal or otter? Funny that she found a manatee to pose with her lovely quilt. The poll from my blog said otter. I am glad that was the biggest controversy in this Sew Along!
This is the reason for the SewAlong – my great niece – Annaleigh. I had saved the fabric and was waiting for a special baby and she is it! How pleased I am to show you the little one on her quilt, Annaleigh’s Aquarium. Her aunt is expecting in June (my other niece and sister to Annaleigh’s mother). I am beginning to think about that project and whether it is similar or different…..the question is unanswered but will be soon!
Enjoy your weekend. I’ll leave you with a picture of beautiful waves the day we photographed the quilt. More days like this are coming, and warmer weather although it has been awfully scarce. I am focusing on that, praying for some resolutions to the pandemic, and good health to family and friends far and near.
Coming Up on the Blog:
2020 Monthly Color Block for May
Tips & Tutorials (5/22)