Hi habibis! Welcome to part IV of my octopus baby quilt posts, the last post, covering the quilting.
I put a lot of thought into the quilting. I wanted to evoke a lot of motion.
I started with the fish. I quilted a couple of little wavy lines in blue behind each fish’s tail to make it look like the fish was swimming and creating a tiny wake behind itself.
Then the octopus: I quilted three curved lines around the end of each tentacle, again to try to evoke movement. For the tentacle that’s raised – it’s supposed to be waving hello – I quilted lines to the left and right of the tentacle. The thread is a dark greenish blue.
I quilted waving lines across the quilt in lighter and darker blue, to mimic the movement of water. I extended the lines into the borders on the sides and the border at the top. I varied the thread colors based on the shades of fabric I was covering – the darker thread on the darker fabric and the lighter thread on the lighter fabrics.
Finally, I quilted seaweed at the bottom of the quilt in green thread. The seaweed also grows out of the bottom of the border up into the empty space around the octopus. I was pleased with how that turned out.
For the hand quilting, I did the baby’s initials in a blank space.
I was concerned that the area around the octopus wouldn’t hold together enough, so I quilted all the way around the outline, which will hopefully help. It’s a lot of space to not be quilted, especially in a baby quilt, and I make my quilts to be used. I hope it’ll hold together.
The binding is scrappy, in yellow, orange, and green. The yellow and orange echo the fish and are significant colors – meaningful for the baby’s mother and me. The green, as I think I mentioned before, is the mother’s favorite color.