Friday, June 28, 2013

Beach Glass

How is it that this:

Can turn into this?

I have been saving my blue and green scrap strips for OVER A YEAR to make this quilt.  (keep in mind this is not a large quilt, and blue and green are my favorite colors).  This is a pattern found in Kim Brackett's Scrap Basket Sensations, and it's pretty much the reason I bought the book.  All the quilts in that book are great, but this one made me jump up and say "This quilt right here...I need it in my life".

I always cut leftovers from sewing projects into pre-cut sizes since they work so well with a lot of commercial patterns that are out right now.  i have been ferreting away the blue and green 2.5" strips in hopes to make this quilt, and once I realized I had enough, I jumped in feet first. 

This quilt is a TON of fun to make.  No stressful piecing, and a lot of it can be mindlessly chain pieced while you watch your favorite Disney movies (ahem...).  It's a great way to use scraps, and for me it was a great reminder of all the things I've worked on in order to have this assortment of scraps.

We have a beautiful hillside garden next to the building, and I TRIED to take some scenic pictures of this quilt, but it was too windy.  Apparently mother nature doesn't appreciate that I needed pretty blog pictures.  Psh.  Whatever Mother Nature!  This is the best shot I could get outside.  Aren't the Irises pretty?

I named this quilt "Beach Glass" for a few reasons.  One:  There is a lot of it on the beaches here, and the colors in this quilt match the many shades of glass I often find.  Two:  Beach glass has a life cycle very similar to the fabrics in this quilt.  Once they had a purpose, then they were thrown away, only to come back as a newly found treasure.

Tomorrow I am headed to Sleeping Bear Dunes with my family, and I am really looking forward to it.  Hopefully the weather holds out. :/

Have a great weekend everyone!

The Quilted Mitten


  1. Lovely quilt! Have a great day at the dunes :-)

  2. Great quilt...lovely pattern and fabric choices! I like the idea of cutting scraps into standard sizes as you go (as compared to my current method of shoving pieces in whatever odd shape into scrap boxes). I do love playing with scraps though!

  3. Very nice. The colors go together great! I cut my scraps into pre-cut sizes too. The 2.5 strips also come in handy when you need some scrappy binding.

  4. Oh my goodness. Thanks for the reminder. I grew up near the Great Lakes and always loved beach glass. Now I live in the west are rarely see it, except when I go "home" for a visit.
    this quilt is great.

  5. Oh I love that! I'm also a blue and green person, and the pattern is great too. Many years ago when I lived in South Africa we used to walk on the beach every week, now I'm landlocked and I miss the feeling of sand between my toes.

  6. Your quilt is beautiful! I also have this pattern on my "to do list" and think that after seeing yours, it needs to rise to the top of the list!

  7. very nice, I have not seen this pattern before, but really like how it works, might have to track that book down. Thanks for sharing

  8. What an adorable quilt. I love the patterns. It seems meticulously made. But it comes out really great.