I had a vision for this quilt – something light, airy and fresh looking that had fabrics that reminded me of the ocean, sky and beach. I am so pleased with how it turned out and it has exactly the look I was going for. Of course, I had to make a rope bowl to go with it – my new fun thing to make.
I had so much fun picking out these fabrics. I got a lot of help from Hawthorne Threads, which has their own fabric designs that are printed digitally. This enables them to offer them in a very wide variety of colors. I selected water and sky colors: Skipping Stones in Sky, Doodle in Powder Blue, Watercolor in Robin’s Egg, Stardust in Sky, Multi Dot in Fair Isle Glacier, and for the binding Rogue Stripe in Cornflower.
The other fabrics in this quilt were Seaside Blue Waves Anchors, Reef Sky Dots by Robert Kaufman, Laura Gunn Painter’s Canvas, and Timeless Treasures Sand Dollar Beach, which I love and was so lucky to find – I love the delicate little sand dollars.
The backing fabric was a real find, too – Indigo Coastal Words in Blue from Studio e Fabrics. It’s a perfect beach/ocean fabric and gave some interesting punch to the backing.
I thought about the design of this quilt for a while – I wanted to use larger pieces of fabric. I really didn’t want to do a lot of cutting up fabric and making blocks – I really wanted these fabrics to be the star. So I decided to just sew strips of various widths together into sets and then subcut those sets into strips. I laid out the strips into a design I liked then sewed them into rows – since all the strips’ widths were different, there were no seams to match up!
Here you can see the completed strips that were sewn together:
I really loved the design of this quilt and since there are no blocks to assemble, it goes really fast! I am working on a pattern now and hope to have it available soon.
I used my new favorite thicker batting, Quilter’s Dream Supreme. It makes such a nice hefty quilt.
I love this binding because I love bias binding. And now you don’t have to cut diagonal strips to get bias binding – Hawthorne Threads has a wide selection of colors of stripes on the diagonal, called Rogue Stripe. This one is Cornflower. Makes it so simple when you can cut crossgrain strips and get bias binding!
When you use a Stripology ruler, cutting same size strips is even faster. Like really fast:
You don’t have to lift up the ruler to measure each strip. You make your cuts, lift up the ruler and they are all done.
I quilted this using Aurifil cotton thread, a natural white on the top and a light blue color in the bobbin. I used a 4.0 stitch length and a walking foot. The vertical quilting cut across the strips and the horizontal quilting was all in the ditch.
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