A Beach Quilt
A while ago I presented a program for Common Threads Quilt Guild in Sussex, WI. One of the quilters in attendance was a woman named Colleen. During show & tell she shared a delightful “Row by Row” quilt.
When she showed me the back of the quilt, I knew I wanted to share it on my blog. Here’s the story, in her own words, and two pictures of the back:
“I belong to the Ties That Bind Quilt Guild that meets in West Bend, WI.
Last year, we had a Row by Row challenge where each participant chose a
theme and put their own fabric in a box after making the first row. I
chose a beach theme because I had purchased fabric several years ago while
visiting my aunt in North Carolina that made me think of beaches and I
wanted to use it. After the quilt went around to all of the participants,
I put it together and put a border on it. The bottom row was the one with
the flip flops. After completing the top, I decided that it looked a bit
like a postcard and I thought that I would label the back of the quilt like
it was a giant postcard.
I used leftover letters that I had cut out for a
craft project at Girl Scout Camp a few years ago. Chris, I swear I
measured the top! However, somehow, while I was quilting it on the
longarm, I realized that I had much more back than I did top. Usually that
wouldn’t matter, but since I had writing on the back, I couldn’t just cut
it off. I decided to go back to the sewing machine and make another row.
I added the title of the quilt to that row “Life’s a Beach” and sewed it to
the quilt while it was on the longarm.
It was a fun quilt to make and I really enjoyed seeing what the other members came up with. It is one of my favorite quilts.”
I love the way she labeled the back in a post card style. Notice how the place and date are in the “post mark”!
Thanks Colleen, for letting me share your quilt. The back is so clever and I love hearing about your process for problem solving!
If anyone out there has a Row-by-row you’d like to share, please email me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to include a story, that would be icing on the cake 🙂 !