Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ice Parfait on the beach!

Last weekend was our annual camping excursion to Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina.  It's a gorgeous place to camp.  Bringing a baby with medical needs was super challenging, emotionally, intellectually and physically, but thanks to very helpful family and friends, Brandon and I did manage to enjoy ourselves.

Baby at the beach

And - bonus - I also got some quilt pictures!

Ice Parfait quilt finished!

Ice Parfait quilt finished!

Ice Parfait quilt finished!

Ice Parfait quilt finished!

I absolutely had to finish this quilt in time to photograph it at the beach because the setting is perfect for these colors, don't you think?  As you can see, the wind didn't entirely cooperate.  But, hey, that keeps the shots interesting.

In case you want to see what the front and back actually look like, here are some I took at home:

Ice Parfait quilt finished!

Ice Parfait quilt finished!

Freshly wrinkled.  Ha!

It's difficult to see in photos, but my straight-line quilting loosely echoes the abstract tree shape.  I started most sections by quilting up the tree "trunk" and then out from that center.  I'm always looking for low-stress ways to quilt because the quilting step still feels risky to me, like I might ruin everything.  With this design I didn't cross over previous lines, but just kept echoing quilting paths at random widths, which helps to avoid puckers.

quilting Ice Parfait

quilting Ice Parfait

In the negative space, I quilted a few dense patches over the Kona Ice Frappe.  Here I'm using a hera marker to mark my quilting paths.  It makes a nice, sharp crease and "applies" faster than pencil or pen.  As much as possible, I avoid marking lines.  This tool is my go-to when marking is key to accuracy.

Ice Parfait quilt finished!

The finished quilt measures 49 x 70.  I bound the edges in a crisp mint stripe interspersed with white and some other fabric scraps, since I didn't have quite enough to go round. 

Ice Parfait quilt finished!

I think this quilt is one of the most "modern" ones I've made.  The making felt completely natural, but I also know that my next few quilts will be much more traditional, as is my usual style.  I do enjoy working with a repeated block! 

I've listed Ice Parfait in my Etsy shop now.  I hope it finds a happy home with someone who loves peach and mint as much as I do!

26 comments:

  1. I love this quilt, the beach photos and your baby!

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  2. The quilt is beautiful and I am happy that you, your husband and children got away from it all to breathe the fresh air and enjoy the ocean. Signed A helper for special needs sister.

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  3. This quilt is even prettier than I remembered it! I love the mint striped binding, it's a wonderful finishing touch. Glad you and your family were able to have a fun little vacation, the beach looks gorgeous!

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  4. wow - it is just beautiful Rachel. And the beach really was the perfect setting - gorgeous :-)

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  5. Beautiful colours & a beautiful quilt. Lovely that your family could get away, and that you had help from your family & friends.

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  6. Great quilt. Glad you are carrying on with your new normal life--keeping up the family outings. Little E looks content. It will get easier.

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    1. Will it get easier? Oh, I HOPE so! Thanks, Sandra.

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  7. Glad you were able to have a nice family vacation. Also nice to know that you are carrying on with normal life.
    May God bless you all.

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  8. The quilt is really screaming summer, the colors are really yummy. And your little girl seems so calm and quiet.

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  9. That's wonderful your family could still go on the annual beach trip! The quilt looks amazing flying around on the beach!

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  10. The quilt looks like it belongs on the beach.:-) Baby Eleni looks relaxed and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your getaway.

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  11. Glad you had a nice weekend!!! Love the quilt...colors are so beach like!

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  12. Rachel I do not know how you do all the things you do! After my little girl was born sewing, blogging and just about everything stopped for about six months. You are truly a Wonder Woman to me! Ps the quilt is pretty too!

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    1. Oh, thanks, Ann! I confess that this sewing/blogging business is my job, or I would be taking a bigger break. But, I am lucky to have such an agreeable job.

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  13. Scrumptious quilt to go with the name! Eleni looks all snuggled and content in her beautiful bassinet with her lovely textiles made with love. Nice that you were able to go on your annual camping - I'm sure the older children were thrilled!

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  14. Awwww there she is, the cutie little Eleniflower.
    I am glad you went away to the beach, to just sit and veg and play.
    This quilt is one that you had to make. I know it is good to stretch.
    That is how we grow in all parts of our lives. Just keep following God's plans.
    The beach photos of this quilt are incredible. I am sure it was a fun time trying to get cool shots.
    ❤️

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  15. Beautiful quilt! It looks great at the beach. I feel the same way about quilting...afraid I'm going to ruin the quilt when I start!

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    1. Yes, I was sure someone would resonate with that!

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  16. Beatiful and yet a very practical quilt that looks inviting to be used every day!! It looks so nice at the beach. Good for you and your family to go and take your daughter!!! It must take courage to do so.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  17. I love the way the quilting echos the design! Eleni looks so cozy :)

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  18. I love the pictures! Congratulations that you could go for your trip! My best friend and her husband plan to bring her little twin boys to our annual camping trip in summer - one of them also with feeding tube, monitor and everything. They plan to rent an appartment and join us for the day - I sooo hope they can make it. I dream of the babies peacefully watching the sun playing in the trees, while our girls play all day. It must be the best thing for a baby to heal! Wish you all the best!

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  19. P.S.: Just ruined a quilt with quilting. Happens!

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  20. Beautiful quilt! Just when we think we are finished, hey we picked the colors, the fabrics, the design - and it looks good; we have to think about the quilting! Good for you for continuing traditions.

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  21. Beautiful pictures Rachel! As you see I have finally signed into blogger on my phone, so am able to comment again! I may even get round to blogging! Just wanted you to know that I've still been reading your blog Clare xxx

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  22. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the quilt. Glad you were able to relax some on the beach.
    The quilt is really pretty.

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