Patchwork and foundation paper pieced quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Salt and Sand Blog Hop and Island Batik March Challenge finish.

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Wow that was a mouthful, now you understand the short post title. Thank you Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for providing the inspiration behind this finish and the opportunity to share with a larger audience. Thank you Island Batik and Kathy Engle who designed Buttercup, I knew when I purchased the 5″ squares and fat quarter bundles they would be used for something special. Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread, AccuQuilt and Schmetz Needles, I cant forget them because they all played an important role in my finish.

My first grandchild Wesley was born on Feb. 23 and because other quilty commitments were backing up I couldn’t find the time to squeeze in a quilt for him. After finishing those commitments I started some relaxed sewing.

Imagine you are deep in the ocean swimming with fish and you look towards the surface. You see the suns rays sparkling in the water above while spreading its love and light on all the fishies below.

AccuQuilt quarter square triangle die made cutting and piecing all the patches a breeze. I wanted the quilt to be perfect and accurately cut pieces were a must.

Some seams were pressed open and some to one side, what ever worked best for the blocks placement. Oh there was a lot of snacking on Hershey bars too, no fabric was injured.

wesleys quilt



I also used the Snails Trail BOB die from AccuQuilt.

The Storm at Sea BOB die was also put to good use.

The sun block is paper pieced. There are 1′ finished squares and 1″ finished hst blocks in there.

Under Water Adventure aka Wesley’s Quilt is finished and was delivered about an hour later. I can’t say whether he liked it or not. He was crying because I don’t think he likes belly time.

For piecing I used 50 wt Aurifil Thread and Microtex needles from Schmetz. It was quilted with Aurifil quilting thread and Hobbs Poly Down batting. Have to give a shout out to fellow IBA Maryellen from MaryMackMadeMine. She has an Etsy Shop and I have been purchasing my Aurifil Thread from her. If she doesn’t have what you’re looking for ask, she may not have it listed yet.

Technically it was a scrap challenge and I did use like 18 different fabrics for Wesley’s quilt so I wondered if that qualified. Then I looked at the pile of Buttercup scraps and remembered I had a 3″ x 6″ flying geese die that was included in the GO! Big. Here is where I left off Sunday.


I’m still playing with placement and there is a pile of lighter and yellow blocks so perhaps I will have 2 more flying geese quilts.

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    • Denise

      Thank you Michelle

  1. Carol Kussart

    Wow!! I love, love, love Wesley’s quilt! (not to mention Wesley himself–who can resist such a cutie pie?) The colors of the quilt and your design–awesome! I’m super impressed with your flying geese too. Those dies must help with precision–they look great!

    • Denise

      OMG, if you like flying geese you have to get this die. The only mistakes were human, not lining up the fabric completely over the shapes. There was absolutely no trimming of the finished geese blocks. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Pat

    Beautiful quilt! I love blue and yellow quilts. Thank you for sharing in the hop … 🙂 Pat

      • I’m not sure sure which is sweeter; Wesley or the incredible quilt you made for him. The fabric from IB is always perfect in your projects. I love my Accuquilt cutter, but think I have to get the Storm at Sea and Snails Trail BOB’s now 😉

        • Denise

          Lol, they definitely make it easier to piece them. Thank you for the warm compliments and stopping by.

  3. Connie Wolfe

    That is a stunning quilt! It puts me right on a sunny, warm beach. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Julia Schweri

    Beautiful finishes! Your composition on the sunshine and water quilt is amazing. I love how I see a picture but looking closer I see the individual blocks. Great work!

    • Denise

      Thank you. I played with colors a lot because I wanted the water around and under the sun to be lighter. As always i see things I should have done differently but still very happy with the finish.

  5. Joan

    Beautiful scrap quilts but nothing is more beautiful than your new little grandie.

    • Denise

      Oh I know. My son cried 24/7 for the first 6 months and for years I have cringed at babies crying. But his doesn’t seem to bother me.

  6. Tracy

    Fun to watch the progress of Wesley’s quilt, congratulations on attain grand parent status:).

    • Denise

      Thanks Tracy, never thought of it as a status but you are right.

  7. This is gorgeous! Love the mix of blocks used to create it. And the fabrics are fantastic!

    • Denise

      Thank you. He gets so mad and rolls himself over on his back.

  8. Congratulations on the new grandbaby! I’m sure this is just the first of many projects he will be spoiled with. I love your fabric choices and placements.

    • Denise

      Thank you. I’m already thinking about all the fun quilts I could make as he ages.

  9. Awww, look at that precious quilt with a new baby ❤❤❤ love this. Congratulations, Denise.

    • Denise

      Thanks Carla. I stopped by your blog last night, well all who shared yesterday. Was on my phone and didn’t take the time to comment but I’ll be there shortly. Sad you have a dry river bed but good for flood season.

  10. That’s a beautiful quilt, and I love the blues and yellows together! Such a precious photo with your little grand boy curled up on it!

  11. Wesley’s quilt looks amazing! I love how you see it from below the water line and for sure that is a great representation of that visual. The sun looks amazing. All the piecing is fabulous. Your next flying geese quilt looks wonderful also.

    • Denise

      Thank you for such a warm compliment.

  12. Here it is! LOL I just didn’t scroll far enough. Thanks again!

    • Denise

      Lol, glad you found it. With all the server issues I had a few months ago you had me worried.

  13. Selina

    Such a beautiful baby on such a beautiful loving hug. Congrats on the new addition.

  14. LJ

    Wonderful – quilts and baby, too. Your quilting made the first quilt come-to-life. It was pefect.

    • Denise

      Thank you, I really appreciate that because I’m still a newbie longarmer.

  15. Elizabeth V K

    Wonderful quilt and congratulations, Grandma.

    • Denise

      Thank you, I do too. Since becoming and IBA the only non IB I’ve purchased is my wide backing. Trying to use up some of the older fabric is difficult when I have such great new fabric to work with.

  16. Gail Sheppard

    Wesley’s quilt is beautiful!!!

  17. Such a beautiful sunny quilt! Wesley is adorable, and I’d bet that he will love his quilt as he grows. Thanks for sharing.

    • Denise

      Thank you, can’t wait to see what you made. I’ll be making rounds soon.

  18. Judy Blauer

    Happy 1 month birthday, Wesley! You and I are birthday twins. Your Grandma did a great job on your quilt! It’s just beautiful! I know “ tummy time” is hard, but soon you will be able to roll over and it will be all good.

    • Denise

      Happy belated bday to you. He actually does roll over, he gets mad and pushes himself up and rolls. He has done that several times. Thank you for the compliment and stopping by.

  19. Little Wesley is so adorable with his quilt, even if he was crying. I like how you combined different Accuquilt dies to create your design. Have a wonderful day!

    • Denise

      Thank you Jennifer

  20. Could your grandson be any cuter? I think not! Beautiful quilt , beautiful baby!

    Congrats and sew on!

    • Denise

      Awe thank you so much

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