It’s just three weeks since I finished my Cottage Garden quilt, it still makes me smile every time I look at it! My next quilt is by the same designer, Kathryn Whittingham, she’s published a second book called The Seaside Quilt and she very kindly sent me a copy.
Seaside themed stuff doesn’t usually appeal that much but as soon as I saw this quilt I loved it and once I read the introduction I knew why. Kathryn has based this quilt on holidays on the North Yorkshire coast and I spent many a happy holiday in Whitby when my kids were small. The quilt includes applique pictures of beach huts, puffins, boats and the little cottages going down to the sea in the harbours. The photo below is of Staithes, one of the villages she mentions.
Anyway, back to the quilt. I have to confess I only started this on Friday evening…but I have three mini blocks completed. As with the Cottage Garden quilt I’m hand-embroidering, machine piecing and then hopefully hand quilting…
The first two blocks were appliqued seashells in the middle of a star block. The applique is all done with bondaweb and then hand-embroidered, all the patterns are in the back of the book, you just need to trace them onto the bondaweb. To give you an idea of scale these star blocks for the shells finish at 6’5″ square.
I’ve been collating fabrics for this quilt for a few months, pulling many from my stash and buying fat quarters of others, particularly seaside themed ones. I wasn’t sure if the dark blue Bumbleberry fabrics from Lewis and Irene were going to be too dark, I looked at Kathryn’s quilt and went for it. I think they’re going to be fine. Looking at the photo I think I need to find a couple of red patterned ones too…
The next block was a starfish, I used a sandy coloured fabric, I’m not very adventurous when it comes to picking colours, I do tend to use the colour they are in real life!
The fourth block to embroider was a beach hut – Whitby has a lovely row a cheerfully painted beach huts. I never used to see the point of a beach hut until I went down to the beach early one morning with the children and people were cooking bacon sandwiches in them! They’re surprisingly expensive to hire or buy! Anyway, I digress…I realised the one fabric I didn’t have in my collection was a nice seaside stripe, I had a quick perusal on the internet and I have two fat quarters winging their way towards me, one of them was actually from a fabric shop in Whitby, very apt! Hopefully one of them will make a nice beach hut!
We’ve got a few days away coming up soon, so I might get myself organised with a few blocks prepared for hand sewing.
Hand Quilt Along Links
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
I’ll also be linking up to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.