I chose an arsenal of my favourite Aurifil threads for the stitching. I used 40 weight to blanket stitch around the whale and ring, and also in the bobbin.
Aurifil 12 weight was used to stitch his eye and his big happy smile.
The backing fabric is a cuddly yellow flannel I purchased at Mrs Pugsley's Emporium, and the batting is my favourite Hobbs wool. While quilting, I got the idea to free motion quilt something in the life preserver; HMCS Halifax was what came to mind, so I Googled to see how it would be stitched.
Nearly every image in my search showed this:
What a perfect sentiment for a baby quilt: welcome aboard!
32-1/2” x 36-1/2” and suitable for a beginner quilter.
Mrs Pugsley's Emporium, 50 Victoria Street East, Amherst, N.S., or purchase a kit with the exact fabrics used. The kits are exclusive to Mrs Pugsley's Emporium, and the sample quilt is on display in the shop.
Patterns are also available as a mail-out from my website. or can be downloaded instantly here. As always, the pattern is in colour, with appliqué shapes and templates given at full size and ready to sew (no enlarging).
A sincere thank you to Cheryl Coville of Grandma CoCo Designs for her help in editing the pattern.
Welcome Aboard, little ones!