Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beach Riot

happy work

One night I finished piecing and decided to baste my beach blanket so that I could hand tie it while watching TV.  And before I knew it, it was done. Finished. Complete. 

So, fair warning, if you decide to skip batting and binding and hand tie your quilt, you just may be done before you're ready!

Beach Riot beach blanket

But that's all well and good since summer is here and another trip to the beach is certainly due.  I love how it turned out!  It's exactly as loud and vibrant as I imagined.  We'll be able to spot this one from awhile off, eh?

With 2 little ones and all the beach gear that entails, we're always toting a million bundles ocean side.  So, I figured this was a good time to skip batting, creating a slimmer blanket.  The sand is plenty soft!

backed with an Urban Out. coverlet

As for binding, I did consider some options.  In the end I admitted that adding a thin binding border wouldn't add anything for me except time.  So, I matched the backing to the front with right sides together and stitched all the way around, leaving an opening for turning.  Finished with an edgestitch and BAM, suddenly almost done.  The backing is an Urban Outfitters coverlet that's been languishing in the closet for.... well at least seven years.  Goodness!  I think I bought it when I was pregnant with Aria thinking it might go on her bed someday (yeah right, mom.  It's not pink or purple).  It's a sturdy woven that'll wear well against sand, shells and sticks.

I had never tied a quilt.  This one asked quite nicely.  Since I already had a fun range of suitable pearl cotton shades, I obliged in several colors.

tied with pearl cotton

my first tied quilt

I like how the ties blend in completely with the quilt and take away none of it's softness.  Because it's just a beach blanket, after all.

inviting....

A very inviting beach blanket.  We'll have to use it for picnics too!

Beach Riot beach blanket

Details:  Squares cut at 9", finishing at 8.5".  81 squares for a 76" blanket.  Fabrics here

37 comments:

  1. Beautiful and perfect for a picnic or a day at the beach! Congratulations on a great finish!!!

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  2. Looks great and so happy and fun. You'll definitely be able to find your crew on the beach too! :) Great, fun family quilt.

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  3. Absolutely stunning!! I love it and that backing is just beautiful. I might just have to try tying a quilt - looks just perfect. Have a great time with it.

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  4. Cute cute cute! And very smart to a) use up some of your stash, b) make it super bright so you can find your crew on the beach and c) "repurpose" a bedspread that you weren't using! Thrifty and, did I say, cute?

    A three-fer!!

    Well done. All the best - Chris

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  5. I love it, perfect for the beach! My first quilt ever is like a pastel version of that - no binding, no batting, and hand tied! Now you're making me nostalgic & I might have to do another one. What is it about patchwork squares?

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  6. Beautiful quilt. Great colors! I love the no batting idea, I am always hauling a big fat quilt to the beach and you are quite right the sand is soft enough.

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  7. Love the simplicity of this quilt! Great fabric choices.

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  8. That is wonderful! I love the vibrant colors.

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  9. I just finished a top for a beach/picnic quilt & have been trying to decide if I should quilt it or tie it. You bring up a good point about the batting just adding extra weight. I may go ahead & finish mine like you so I can use it sooner! Thanks for the post.

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  10. Just lovely! That will be the hit of the beach! I can picture how beautifully it will pop against the white sand. Gorgeous!

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  11. I've only ever tied my quilts! I've never tried machine quilting, probably because I'm lazy, lol!

    That quilt is so pretty! And bold and bright! You're inspiring me to whip something up!

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  12. Perfect summer colors. And the ties blend in nicely, love it.

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  13. The most perfect beach nonny! I love, love, love the print with the polka dot bird!

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  14. Looks like the perfect beach blanket! And without the batting it probably won't hold onto as much sand. Congrats on a great finish :)

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  15. super fun, rachel! this is so eye-catching and pretty!

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  16. It really is a lovely blanket! All the colors work so well together. And you're right about the hand tying blending in, I couldn't see it until the close up picture!

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  17. It's wonderful!!! :) Great work! :)

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  18. Love this! I get a weird amount of pleasure from recognizing fabric from my own stash in other people's work...

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  19. Love this Rachel! I'm going to have to make one for us asap!

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  20. Very fun and inviting blanket! Can I join the beach party? j/k Have fun making memories on the sand and grass with these colors:D

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  21. What a bright and cheery project!
    Pretty and practical.
    Love it!

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower
    http://pasqueflowerponderings.blogspot.com

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  22. love love it! I may just have to try something similar, looks like a great stash buster!

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  23. I love this! Skipping a binding seems perfect for a beach/picnic quilt. Tying feels more spur-of-the-moment to fit the outing!

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  24. That quilt came out so beautifully!!!
    It's fresh, it's whimsical and I just love the madras you included in the combinations.
    You have a wonderful sense for combining fabric.

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  25. Those madras bits are perfect in there! I feel like they make it more summer-y. It's so cheery and bright, perfect for the beach (our beaches up in NorCal tend to be rather grey and need more color!)

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  26. What a great idea! It would also be a good idea for a "summer" quilt for one's bed...no extra batting needed for warmth...lots of color for summer!! thanks for sharing!!

    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

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  27. Oh how lovely! A perfect summer quilt.

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  28. Absolutely perfect, in every way! Good job.

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  29. I also love how bright it is!! A really striking blanket -- enjoy the beach!

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  30. Perfect, bright, cheery, fun blanket for the beach or for a picnic. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a super great day.

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  31. Your new beach blanket is so lovely. I can imagine wonderful lazy summer days spent on this, under a tree, or maybe an umbrella. Enjoy it!

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  32. GREAT summer quilt! I especially love the madras plaids in it.

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  33. Looks beautiful! I love that it's light and easy to carry to the beach!

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  34. I'm in LOVE with this quilt! I talked about it on my blog this afternoon. http://stephenomenallife.blogspot.com/
    It's almost inspired me to make my own... almost. I have bad history with making quilts, but if they can end up this cute, I may just have to try again!

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  35. I'm dying over this! so gorgeous! good luck with the bonnet...you'll love it!

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  36. I'm so happy I found this quilt again, I absolutely LOVE it! thank you so much for sharing!!!

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