To my son’s joy, I’ve finally completed the Oceans quilt top. I think he wasn’t sure that he would ever see this day! All the blocks are sashed, quilted, and sewn together. I started this quilt back in 2015, part of a QAL from Quilt Art Designs, so it is great to finally see it coming into the home stretch.
For the most part in the quilting I just outlined the creatures, and then added some internal details. The sea lion pup finally got his whiskers, for example.
I tried to make sure that there weren’t any areas too large that went without quilting. I don’t want this thing to come apart in the wash after all this effort! But I didn’t do any quilting on the sashing yet, as I plan to add lines to look like actual waves once I’ve done the sandwich.
After the quilting, I sewed the blocks together with a slightly wider seam. After pressing the seams open, I don’t think the extra lines of thicker batting is going to be noticeable in the finished quilt. There are places in the paper pieced blocks that are thicker/stiffer feeling due to the many tiny pieces having overlapping layers.
I also got the back pieced.
Now, of course, my son has started nagging about getting the pinning done. He definitely keeps me on track!