Monday, June 29, 2009

Ocean Waves

This is one of my earlier quilt designs called OCEAN WAVES. Originally, I stitched this model with Rainbow Gallery's Overture V61 - "Ocean Blues" and a palette of blue #5 pearl cotton threads.

Last year, Caron Collection came out with some yummy new thread colors, including one called "Appalachia" (236). I thought it would be a good thread to use in a quilt, so I asked my mother if she'd like to stitch up another model of OCEAN WAVES, but this time using the new "Appalachia".

Before I show you my mother's completed piece, I want to show you the individual Ocean Wave block:

You can see here how the block is made up of various sizes of triangles, and how there are two alternating color sections, with one of the sections using the variegated thread. A very easy way to stitch this design would be to just use a variegated thread and alternate it with one solid color....

Now here's what four Ocean Wave blocks look like together:

Pretty sweet little quilt, huh? And if you want, try picking out the variegated color - plus the five other solid colors that are used as accent colors. Can you find them all?

And TA DA! Here's the complete version of my Mom's OCEAN WAVES, which has nine full blocks, plus a lovely wavy border:

I think this version has a warm, summery feel to it - which is rather different from the cool blues of the original. So if you're heading to the beach this summer, you might want to consider this project for catchin' some waves!


Coni said...

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I love the new colorway! Thank you for giving me an excuse to go play in my stash all afternoon! Woo Hoo!

Anonymous said...

DMC #5 pearl cottons - greens 701 and 895, blue 311, purple 327 and sand colour 739?

Anonymous said...

The wavy background in the new colourway reminds me of those ripple marks that the receding tide leaves in wet sand. I'll have to give this one a try.

Rinda said...


Sorry you've been out of commission--I've nearly worn out the link to your blog checking for updates! Love the Idaho Star, and will have to order immediately, as I am a 3rd generation Idaho native. I'll probably have to play with your colorway just a bit, as I can't seem to leave anything alone these days--even your great designs (besides, since I live here, I know what other colors I might be able to get away with!

Rinda in Boise