Friday, October 2, 2015

Ocean Study baby quilt

It's been quiet around here lately!  I went through a major creative slump for several weeks, but about a week ago I finally found some motivation to make again.  I decided to participate in Quilts in the Queue's 100 Quilts for Kids project.

grab button for 100 Quilts for Kids

I figured it would be a good way to get myself out of a slump while working on my annual donation quilt.  Plus I had a guild sew-in last Saturday and I wanted something simple to piece.  I chose Tula Pink's Field Study quilt pattern (see my first one here) because the piecing is so quick (start to finish was less than a week!).

Ocean Study quilt: measures 38"x47" after first wash.

The pattern calls for five 3/4 yard cuts, but I really wanted to use the 1/2 yard I had of the whale pint (Sea Breeze by Amy Shaw).  So instead of each block being 12.5" I cut them at only 10.5".  It finished at 38" x 47", which I think is a good size for a baby!

Sea Breeze fabric by Amy Shaw--I love that the whales are swimming every which way, I didn't have to worry about directions when piecing!

I chose coordinating solids of Kona Cornflower, Navy and Espresso and Bella Feather.  

Ocean Study quilt: quilting detail

I quilted it using Aurifil #2715 (Robin's Egg) on the front to blend with the light blues, and #2600 (Dove) on the back so it would show off the quilting a little more:

Ocean Study quilt: front of quilt on the left, back of quilt on the right

The piecing of the front leaves a lot of extra fabric, which I sewed into HST blocks and pieced onto the back:

Ocean Study quilt: back (mostly Kona Cornflower)

And thankfully my sew-jo has returned and I'm working on lots of small projects at the same time right now!  I will be posting about those soon.

I will be donating this quilt to the Albuquerque chapter of Project Linus.


  1. The quilting goes along so perfectly with the whales, and I am sure it is going to bring delight and joy to some deserving person. And hooray for sewjo! :)

  2. This is so cute. I love the swirly, watery quilting.

  3. I love the swirls with the squiggles - looks perfectly oceany! It's lovely and someone out there is very lucky to receive it. I love when charity quilts are beautiful and not a mish mash of random fabrics (so thank you for doing that). :)

  4. That's the greatest quilting design for an ocean themed quilt, which turned out adorable Renee! Jessica had a great point - it is wonderful when charity quilts are something you would proudly gift.

  5. I love those whales! I also like the squiggles you did between the swirls...somehow that makes it look more like water.

  6. Adorable fabric, great design!

  7. What a great quilt, Renee! I'm jumping on the band wagon - that quilting design is just perfect and the way it crinkled up is just awesome! I'm sure this quilt will get lots of use and love :)

  8. Glad you refound your sewjo. This baby quilt shows what a simple pattern in good fabric choices is all about.

  9. This is such a sweet quilt Renee! And the quilting is absolutely perfect for it!
    Those whales!!! Love it :)