I decided to share another of my beach scene quilts, since I've just finished this one, and they're becoming a bit of a trademark for me.
I designed this quilt at the same time as 'Through the Arched Window', when I was playing with variations on my beach scene designs, looking for a suitable one to turn into the pattern.
I have now made five of these (click on the links to see them: Seaside, Breakfast on the Beach, Footsteps, Through the Arched Window and this one) since my first Beach quilt which was made using 2in squares and some small foundation-pieced sections. I find good sand fabrics hardest to come by, and deliberately designed this quilt without a beach section.
I off-set the rising sun, and marked portions of the water foundations where I wanted lighter fabrics, to represent the sun reflecting on the water.
I think I've said it before, but these quilts get easier and easier as my collection of fabrics grows! And because I only use small pieces from each fabric, I know there are plenty more in my future; it's just a case of coming up with new designs.
I quilted the sky in a cloud pattern using some super-fine (100wt) Wonderfil thread I bought at AMQF. It's a little darker than I had really wanted, but is beautifully fine. I did have breakage issues with it, too, but I will blame the backing rather than the thread for now. I really didn't want to go with an even bigger needle for that; on most things I would have used a 60 or 70 needle with such fine thread, and the 80 was leaving big enough holes already!
My new challenge is a variation on the theme. I have always loved snow and snowflakes (funnily enough, I don't actually like the beach!), and have a substantial collection of snowflake prints. Now I have started collecting snowy scenes etc, with the plan of making some snow-scene quilts.