If you remember, back in June I talked about a quilt shop I visited when I was on a trip to Alaska. I found a great tribal Orca wall hanging/table runner pattern while at the Rushin’ Tailor Quilt Shop.
I just knew my boy Austin would love it. He was planning on getting married and I thought it would make a perfect wedding gift.
Aren’t they just the cutest?
I let them choose if they wanted the runner or the wall hanging and they both chose the wall hanging version of the pattern. Next came the fabric decision. I had already purchased the beautiful batik border fabric at the quilt shop.
I pulled the background fabric and the fabric for the white and black from my stash. We all felt the darker background went better with the border fabric and provided a better contrast for the orcas.
Next came preparing the fusible applique.
Love having full size templates to trace.
There was a lot of cutting.
A LOT of cutting! But look at the beautiful result. Once the cutting was done, the project went together quite quickly. I found that using the rotary cutter for the straight parts and a pair of small scissors for the points and rounded edges worked the best and fastest.
Once put together there was the whole…”How do I quilt this thing?” question that had to be answered. I decided to to a back and forth wavy quilting that would give the appearance of water.
This was by far the tightest most free-motion quilting I have ever done. I think it turned out well. To tell the truth, it was also the easiest, but I wouldn’t encourage anyone to take a really close look and to own the truth, I did have to rip out a fairly large area of quilting and try again.
All in all I think it turned out well and well worth the effort.
After they were married and had moved away, I received a text that showed me exactly where it was hung in their new apartment.