The Seaside Quilt HQAL

It’s finally time for a happy dance with my seaside quilt. Three weeks ago I had finally finished the hand quilting and just had the binding to stitch on, but first had to find the right fabric as I’d used up what I saved making a cushion…

After an unsuccessful trip to Leeds I ordered some of the Lewis and Irene bumbleberry fabric on line. I do like this range of fabrics, they do it in lots of colourways and it’s a great blender. I had decided on a narrow flange of red to give a little pop of colour followed by a dark blue binding, I usually do a 2.25″ strip folded over for binding, this time I wanted it slightly wider so I went for 2.5″ instead! I know it’s only 1/4″ but it just helped to balance it.

I machine stitched the flange and the binding on the front and then hand-stitched the binding to the back. Some people hate the binding part but I enjoy just sitting and stitching without having to think too much! I’m pleased with the red flange, it does give a nice pop of colour.

I’ve really enjoyed making this quilt, it is such a happy quilt, I’m not usually into seaside themed stuff but this brings back so many happy memories of both my childhood holidays with my grandparents in Prestatyn and then holidays with my own children in Whitby on the Yorkshire coastline. Of course my walking buddy and I have walked from Saltburn at the top to Filey which is probably about 2/3rds of the way down the coast. So lots of happy memories. The author and designer of the quilt also had many holidays around Whitby so the embroidered applique pictures are very reminiscent of the area. The quilt is by Kathryn Whittingham of Patchwork Katy, she kindly gave me the book after I loved her Cottage Garden quilt so much. If you fancy making the quilt, I’d happily recommend the book, the instructions are nice and clear, it’s written for hand sewing but you can machine piece and hand embroider too like I did.

Here’s some closeups of the blocks;

I’m still trying to decide on a name for the quilt, every quilt traditionally has a name. Ideas so far include Happy Memories, God’s Own Coastline (Yorkshire is known as God’s Own County!) at the moment I’m leaning towards Cockles and Candyfloss. Any suggestions welcome!!

So here’s the finished quilt, I tried photographing it on the floor but despite standing on an old pine chest, my arms just aren’t long enough, so you have the lovely backdrop of the garage instead!!

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, Daisy and Tracy

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.

Affiliate Link; Although the book was gifted to me by the author the views and opinions expressed are my own and I don’t receive any commission for sales linked to clicks from my blog.

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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18 Responses to The Seaside Quilt HQAL

  1. sandidureice says:

    Thanks to your blog I have purchased both books and yes instructions and presentation are very clear. Your quilts are beautiful.

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  2. Wow what a wonderful quilt and I agree the flash of red really makes it pop. I Like God’s Own Coastline or what about Memoirs of a Coast Walk.

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  3. Cathie J says:

    This quilt is so pretty. I like the addition of the red flange. As for a name how about Twirling Coastal Memories as you have all those pretty pinwheel quilt blocks.

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  4. Debra says:

    Adorable little quilt!

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  5. Kathryn Whittingham says:

    Margaret, your quilt is stunning! I love all the fabrics you’ve used, the colours are lovely, and I love the way you’ve quilted it too. It’s really beautiful and I’m so pleased you enjoyed making it. xx


  6. Absolutely fabulous quilt!


  7. Sharon says:

    Wow – what a gorgeous finish, sharing along with a happy dance for you. I love the addition of the red trim. I enjoy the binding process too for the same reasons 🙂 You really did a beautiful job on this 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you decide on next.


  8. Laura says:

    Congrats on the finish! The red flange is a fantastic idea! And the quilt has become a wonderful keepsake…so precious! 🙂


  9. Karrin Hurd says:

    Gorgeous finish. I love the seaside and this really speaks to me! Great worrk!


  10. claire93 says:

    that little bit of red around the edge really does make it extra special.


  11. kathyreeves says:

    It is just as lovely as I thought it would be! Your eye for mixing fabrics and color is exceptional. I love everything about this beauty!


  12. Deb says:

    A masterpiece! I so enjoyed watching this come together!


  13. Congratulations on another beautiful finish. I like the name Cockles and Candyfloss.


  14. nanacathy2 says:

    This is one of my favourite projects that you have shared. I feel quite sad it’s done and dusted, but oh boy it is just lovely.


  15. katechiconi says:

    Congratulations! It looks wonderful, and rightfully so after all your hard work.


  16. What a beautiful work of art! I have followed along as you made it! Congrats on a wonderful finish and I love the flange and binding! Hugs


  17. Well done on so beautifully finishing and already beautiful quilt. Hope you aren’t goint to feel lost now that it is completed!

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  18. Amanda says:

    It looks amazing 🤩 The garage could be almost, if you sort of squint, passed off as a beach hut. 😄


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