Ocean Waves Quilt Top

Although I made this top years ago, I still haven’t decided on a quilting pattern. The idea for this quilt started with a group of vintage triangle swatches purchased on ebay. I was thinking about patterns that had lots of triangles and finally settled on Ocean Waves. Of course, I didn’t bother counting all my triangles and, of course, I didn’t have nearly enough. I ended up using just about every scrap I could find so it’s a real mix of prints ranging in age from 1940 to 2000.

Because most of my triangles were medium tones, I couldn’t work out a classic Ocean Waves block with contrasting colors — I couldn’t even do blocks with just two different prints since all of my triangles were different. I finally decided to incorporate the yellow from the setting squares into the pieced blocks, which certainly gives the Ocean Waves pattern a different, somewhat lighter, look.

The pale yellow fabric is a Kona cotton and, although I like the color, I don’t like the fact that it is heavier than the vintage percales I normally use — it just doesn’t feel right to me. Honestly, I wonder if I’m ever going to get around to quilting this cute top.


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