I made the lap quilt size but I added the row of whales to the bottom of the quilt to make it a little longer. It's a nice size for a toddler, 45 inches by 54 inches. It's about the same size as the quilt I made for his older brother Gabriel. Gabriel's quilt was the Dog Gone Quilt designed by Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts. Gabriel is two and a bit now and his parents are just starting to use his quilt with him.
I used Elizabeth Hartman's fabrics along with some Cotton and Steel fabrics designed by Rashida Coleman. Rashida Coleman is one of my favourite designers and I started my fabric choices with her Kujira and Star fabric. It's the fabric in the largest whale and I also used it on the back.
I kept the quilting simple with wavy horizontal lines going across the quilt. I think they give the quilt a water like look. The quilting was finished last weekend. Lately I have been machine sewing my bindings on the back and the front, but this time I chose to machine stitch to the front and hand sew on the back.
Finishing this quilt was my One Monthly Goal for April. I've managed to reach my goals 4 months in a row. Maybe I am getting a better handle on how much I can finish in a given month. You know it's interesting. I brought the quilt to work today to show it to my co workers and several people asked me how long it took to make it. To be honest I have no idea. I work on many projects at a time and I don't track my time on each one. Also I take a lot of breaks to do things like wash the dishes or change a load of laundry. I do know however that it took way less time to pin baste the quilt and to quilt it, than I was imagining it would take. Hopefully this experience will encourage me to get to that quilting stage a little more readily.
Eli's quilt is also my first finish for the 2nd Quarter of the Finish Along for 2018. You can find my original list here.
I'm linking this post up with the Thank Goodness it's Finished Friday linkup which is hosted this week at Celtic Thistle Stitches and with the OMG linkup hosted by Patti at Elm Street Quilts.