I began by following Fabric Freedom’s suggested pattern for the Ocean Waves fabric range, but then I abandoned it for a simplified version more suitable for beginner quilters – and just as pretty. The finished quilt is 50″ square and I have used 1/4 yard each of pink sashing, pink shells, crimson star fabric with 1/2 yard of the other six fabrics.
The central medallion is made with blue boat fabric. Then I have alternated the frames with 2.1/2″ light fabric followed by 3.1/2″ dark fabric. Each frame has a crimson star square in the four corners and I have used different colours for the sashing fabrics. Although I am showcasing the ocean waves fabric, the pattern could be used to showcase any of your favourite fabrics.
blue boat: one 10.1/2″ square, four 3.1/2″ by 10.1/2″ rectangles (two horizontal and two vertical), four 3.1/2″ squares
pink sashing 1.1/2″ wide: two 10.1/2″ long, two 12.1/2″, eight 3.1/2″ long, two 18.1/2″, two 20.1/2″
pink shell 2.1/2″ wide: four 20.1/2″ long
crimson star: eight 2.1/2″ squares, eight 3.1/2″ squares
blue fish 3.1/2″ wide: four 26.1/2″ long
blue sashing 1.1/2″ wide: two 24.1/2″ long, two 26.1/2″ long, two 32.1/2″, two 34.1/2″ long
green swirls 2.1/2″ wide: four 34.1/2″ long
white sashing 1.1/2″ wide: two 38.1/2″ long, two 40.1/2″ long
white border 2.1/2″ wide: two 46.1/2″ long, two 50.1/2″ long
blue stars 3.1/2″ wide: four 40.1/2″ long
Making the ocean waves medallion
Cut a 10.1/2″ blue boat square for the middle. Sew 10.1/2″ pink sashing strips to the top and bottom and 12.1/2″ pink sashing strips to the sides. Add four 10.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, one on each side of the central square, with four 3.1/2″ squares in the corners. Place a 3.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ pink strip between all of these patchwork pieces.
Two of these rectangles need to be cut across the fabric to give horizontal strips so that the boats remain upright. The other two need to be cut down the fabric to give vertical strips, again keeping the boats upright.
Sew the blue and pink fabrics together to make one row each across the top and bottom and one column down each side. Sew these together and then add two 18.1/2″ pink strips across the top and bottom, two 20.1/2″ pink strips down the sides.
Sewing the frames to the ocean waves quilt medallion
For the first frame outside the medallion I have used a light fabric, the pink shells, in 2.1/2″ widths. You will need four of these. Two of them can be sewn to the top and bottom of the medallion. Sew a 2.1/2″ crimson star square to each end of the other two strips and then sew these to the sides of the medallion.
The next round of sashing is blue, just to ring the changes. Still 1.1/2″ strips. You will need two at 24.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two at 26.1/2″ long for the sides. Note that I am not putting crimson star squares in the sashing.
For the second frame I have chosen a dark fabric again, the blue fish fabric. Cut four strips 3.1/2″ wide by 26.1/2″ long. Sew two to the top and bottom of the quilt. Sew a 3.1/2″ crimson star to both ends of the remaining two strips and sew these to the sides of the quilt. Although this fabric does have a direction, I have chosen to cut all the strips in the same direction so that the fish are swimming in all directions around the quilt.
Follow the fish with another round of blue 1.1/2″ sashing – two at 32.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two at 34.1/2″ long for the sides.
Time for another 2.1/2″ light frame. There is a blue swirls fabric in the range, but I found that when I had too many blue fabrics in the frames they tended to blend together. That is why I have chosen the green swirls for this frame. Cut four at 34.1/2″ long. Sew two to the top and bottom of the quilt and sew a 2.1/2″ crimson star square to each end of the other two swirls strips. Sew these to the sides.
Having used both the pink and the blue fabrics for two sashings each, I have changed to a cream coloured fabric for the next round of sashing. Still using 1.1/2″ width, cut two lengths of 38.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.
For the final frame of dark fabric I chose the blue stars. Cut four 3.1/2″ lengths of 40.1/2″. Sew two of these to the top and bottom of the quilt and sew a 3.1/2″ crimson star square to both ends of the remaining two strips. Sew these to the sides of the quilt.
Border for the ocean waves medallion quilt
The border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of the cream fabric. Cut two strips 46.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the medallion quilt and two strips 50.1/2″ long for the sides.
The ocean waves medallion quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting section.
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