Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Piecing!

Hurray, the piecing has begun!

beach riot rows

My goodness, simple squares really are fast and fun.  They're a classic for good reason!  This is my first simple squares patchwork quilt.  I have all 9 rows of 9 blocks stitched up, for a generously-sized square beach blanket.  I do love a square quilt.  So satisfyingly balanced!  Too bad rectangle-shaped quilts are usually more practical.

Beach Riot Rows

I did add an equal sized square of muslin under each madras square.  The muslin should give the lighter weight madras some strength to last longer combined with the quilting cottons. Thanks for helping me brainstorm that idea.  I just love that give and take on blogs!  The collective knowledge in the blogging community is a wonderful thing!

piecing at last!

Time to source a backing!

28 comments:

  1. wow! those are some super happy colors!

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  2. Instant happiness! It's so gratifying to start a new project, and it sounds like the muslin was a great option for backing the madras.

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  3. Oh that is going to be one bright and happy beach blanket!

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  4. I love your mix of colors - that really screams BEACH to me! Jenn

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  5. simple squares is always gorgeous

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  6. beautiful! that is going to be one happy quilt. love all the colors. :)

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  7. Very cute! The Madras really add a nice contrast to the quilting cotton! :)

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  8. So happy! Bring on the summer picnics.

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  9. Exactly, I am so ready to return to the ocean!

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  10. I love just a simple square quilt sometimes with favorite fabrics. I'm thinking of doing one for my bed for summer...if it ever comes.

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  11. That is so pretty! It just screams summer and beach and happy times!!

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  12. Bold and beautiful - looking good :).

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  13. I just love the intense colors you're using! So pretty! Now I want to make one!

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  14. ooo,ooo I love it! send it to me, :)

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  15. sheesh! you are quick! this is going to be such a fun, happy quilt!

    i just pieced a summer picnic quilt and i used the big squares too. mine is made of "vintage linens" and i need to find a nice colorful one for the backing. hope to be done with it soon so we can use it! :)

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  16. wow! its so fun and perfect for the beach. love each fabric and how you put them together. Can't wait to see the backing.

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  17. I love all the colors! So fun & happy (:

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  18. that is totally beautiful...love it!!!

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  19. Love, love, LOVE the color combination! And I have to say that I love your blog just as much - I´m a quilting newbie and your blog has made it to my favorite - thanks for all the inspiration!

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  20. What a fun beach blanket! I love it! Gosh, makes me want to go the beach! :)

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  21. Just beautiful, and I too love a square quilt.

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  22. This quilt is so cute! I'm so impressed at how much you got done in one day.

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  23. Now that would make a wonderful beach and picnic blankets. I love all those color and designs mixed together.

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  24. oh, i love this so much! i think i need to make a bright and sunny picnic blanket, too!

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  25. This looks amazing! As always, I love a good riot of colour!!

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  26. It looks lovely, great colour-craziness. I always feel like I'm copping out when I say that one of my favourite patterns is simple patchwork squares, but it's such a great way of showcasing fabric!

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  27. So cute! I would love to make one of these. Alas, I just started working on yet another project that wasn't even in my head, let alone on my list of things to do, until Monday night...

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  28. It will be a perfect beach blanket - I love all the fabrics, especially the madras.
    All the best - Chris

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