Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sun Sea & Sand - A Finish and Tutorial

Today is my day for the Riley Blake Design Team Wednesday, which means I have a fun new quilt finish and a tutorial to share with you all today.  So, here is the quilt!!!  I call it the Sun Sea & Sand Quilt and I am so loving it!!!!

As soon as I saw  Offshore by Denna Rutter for Riley Blake  I just knew I needed to make a "beach" quilt with it.  I love the amazing "beachy" colors and prints!!!  They have a great summer sun feel to them and just make you want to go to the Beach ;)  

So I came up with this adorable quilt design that uses two basic blocks to create a fun ocean wave effect.   The Wave is just simple Half Square Triangle Blocks and then a Four Patch Block border.  I love how those little squares just set off that wave and highlight all of the awesome prints in the line!!

Sun Sea & Sand finishes at 72" x 72" so it is the perfect size for some fun in the sun with your loved ones!  And because of the large basic blocks it goes together really fast and really is a lot of fun to make.   As soon as I was done I so wanted to go to the Beach.  Sadly, it is all snowy here, so I just had to pretend that my deck was the Boardwalk and make do ;) 

What really sets this quilt off is the adorable appliqued Sun Sea & Sand strip.   I walk through the basics of this raw edge applique technique in the tutorial, but if you are new to applique and a littler nervous, you can always check out my Applique Video series.  It goes through the process it in lots and lots of detail :)  So fun!!! 

When it came time to quilt, I really wanted to play up the whole "beachy" theme and so I went with some fun custom quilting.  In the "Wave" part of the quilt, it only made sense to quilt some waves.  These are so much fun to do and you kind of sway along as you go up and down the long arm while quilting them.

For the Four Patch Border I tried something new.  I have seen these "rolling hills" arches done lots in the past and have always loved them but every time I tried to draw them they just turned into regular arches.  So I practiced on paper for quite a while repeating the mantra, "up the hill and then fall down quick" until I had the motion down.  And after a quilting a few I had it down and had a new favorite way to quilt squares!!!  I love how they kind of look like dancing starfish ;)

And finally, in the background of the applique strip, I went with some little baby pebbling hoping to give it the effect of sand.  

It really came together and just makes me smile now.  And I just love all of the yummy texture.  Doesn't the back just look so cool!!  It really was so much fun to quilt ;)

And that is Sun Sea & Sand ;)  Be sure to pop on over to the Riley Blake Designs Blog to get the full (and free) step by step tutorial on how to make your own ;)   And I hope that you do make your own and if you do, I totally want to see it ;)   Now, if only I could get a little Sun around here today, and I could pretend I was at the beach  ;)

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  1. Great design, Melissa! Your ideas really evoke the fun of the ocean. The quilting ideas are perfect for it too.

  2. Very cute! I love your quilting. It can be so hard to come up with ideas.


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