Under the Sea - Block Detail

Under the Sea – A Collaborative Quilt


I was able to attend QuiltCon 2013 with my mother. While there, I found some fabrics that I could not resist purchasing which turned into a baby quilt for my lovely niece, Lillie. My mother fell in love with Tula Pink’s Salt Water fabric line and purchased several of those fabrics.

Well, she just found a perfect use for them. My cousin Matt and his lovely wife Katie are expecting a baby boy in July. My mom and I occasionally collaborate on quilts together for family, and we had previously quilted a top for Matt’s sister’s first child. When my mom contacted Matt about what he and Katie were envisioning for the baby, the Tula Pink Salt Water fabrics were the obvious choice to make the quilt top. My wonderful mother made this wonky log cabin quilt top in record time (she had to get trigger finger surgery, so she was on a deadline!) and she shipped me the top and some fabric scraps so that I could make a backing, quilt, and bind it.

I was really excited by my mother’s quilt top when I received it. I created a pretty simple backing with the remaining fabric and before I knew it, I was quilting away!

Under the Sea - Quilt Top
Under the Sea – Quilt Top
Under the Sea - Backing
Under the Sea – Backing

Tula Pink’s fabrics have wonderful detail, and I just love this close up of one of the fussy cut center pieces for the wonky log cabin!

Under the Sea - Block Detail
Under the Sea – Block Detail

For the quilting, I really wanted to use the swirl / spiral quilt pattern to go with the underwater / sea theme, but there is just something about a baby quilt and hearts that I can’t shake… so I combined them into one pattern. As I told Matt and Katie, I want their little boy to know just how much his family already loves him.

Under the Sea - Quilting Detail
Under the Sea – Quilting Detail

Because of the collaborative effort, this quilt did not take me much time at all! It was a pleasure to be able to collaborate with my mother on this gift. After its first wash the quilt measured 34″ by 45″.

Under the Sea - Completed Quilt
Under the Sea – Completed Quilt


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