The Seaside Quilt HQAL

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

I’ll also be linking up to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to The Seaside Quilt HQAL

  1. Cathie J says:

    You’ve made quite a quick start on another beautiful quilt. I will enjoy watching you work on it. Enjoy your days away!

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  2. claire93 says:

    ooooh some lovely blocks in this one! I see puffins, and deckchairs too ^^

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  3. Karrin Hurd says:

    Looks like a lovely place to visit. I will have to start my seaside quilt soon and get caught up to you.

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  4. Ivani says:

    Beautiful coast picture. Your blocks are pretty.

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  5. Another that will be fun to watch taking shape Margaret xx

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  6. Sharon says:

    This is another beautiful project. Love the picture of the seaside town of Staithes. It is so fun to see other places and experience where you live.

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  7. tinaor says:

    That looks a fun project. I have some of the same seaside fabrics as you do – been in my stash for ages whilst a project was decided on. I am thinking a bag rather than a blanket but you never know – I look forward to seeing your quilt evolve.

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  8. katechiconi says:

    I’m glad you’ve kept some darker colours in there; the quilt is definitely calling for some good contrast. Glad you’ve also introduced some pale sand colours, which I think will add some lovely warmth. Has she made quilting suggestions in the pattern too, or is it just ‘quilt as desired’ (always a bit of a cop-out, I feel!)

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Kate, she tends to keep the quilting very simple just doing a quarter inch round each square, I’m wondering about doing something similar to last time but make it like waves going across the quilt 🙂


      • katechiconi says:

        That sounds really pretty! Actual waves or wavy lines – or how about an overall clamshell, which is my favourite hand quilting effect? The theme really lends itself to lots of different options.

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    What a fun quilt, especially since it brings back so many happy memories too!

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  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Some lovely blocks for avery pretty quilt.

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  11. Deb says:

    I’m going to enjoy watching this come together! The blocks you’ve done are great eye candy .😍

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  12. Amanda says:

    Looking forward to making this through you! 😂

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  13. That is a lovely quilt pattern – I love the colors on the sample quilt on the pattern cover. I bet yours will be wonderful!

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