I cracked on with my seaside quilt so I’m having a mini happy dance this week as I’ve finished the main part of the quilt, I’ve just the borders to decide on. This is the quilt in the book by Kathryn Whittingham called The Seaside Quilt. Three weeks ago I had just finished the Rainy Day on the Beach block after embroidering dozens of French knots, as well as finishing the embroideries for the little blocks…
The next block to embroider was of puffins, it’s a lovely block, well anything with puffins on was bound to be cute as they are such endearing birds, though the one on the left looks like he’s thinking three’s a crowd!! The beaks weren’t easy to get right with these, they’re so distinctive too, I ended up looking at images in bird books to try and get something close. There’s puffins over at Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington, it’s an RSPB reserve, I remember going there with my mum and my kids years ago.
The final block to embroider was a couple sunbathing on deckchairs with a picnic. We occasionally took a picnic down to the beach but you do always end up with sand in the sandwiches! The deckchairs were pretty fiddly to cut out and embroider but I got there in the end.
With all the blocks stitched I could start arranging the little squares so I had an even mix of colours around the red and blue pinwheels and the star blocks. Here’s the bottom row complete…
Finally I could stitch the bottom row to the rest of the quilt, I had a little bit of fudging to do with the starfish block, but otherwise it went together nicely. I’m well chuffed with it, it’s such a happy quilt I can’t help but smile at it…
All I’ve got to do now is decide on the border. Kathryn has a simple border with a narrow border in navy blue followed by a wider border in off white with a scrappy border, she says it’s such a busy quilt she wanted a quieter border. I’m tempted with a narrow border in either navy or sand colour, followed by a piano key border using some of my leftovers, maybe with navy binding with a red flange. I finished my Cottage Garden quilt with a piano key border and I do like it and I have lots of fabric left!..I need to have a play I think.
Hopefully in three weeks time when I next post about my Seaside Quilt it’ll be sandwiched and I’ll have started quilting.
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