Tuesday 30 October 2012

Sea and Sand aka Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows


I wasn't going to link up to the Bloggers Quilt Festival because I'd been worrying that the last few months have been a bit slow on the productivity front and completely forgot that I had in fact actually made this quilt recently until a prod from Camilla reminded me ( her quilt is beautiful).  So I'm getting it in just under the wire (excuse the second post of the day.)   

I don't know why I forgot about it, because it's the first quilt I made for myself and I love it.

I wanted a quilt to throw over the sofa, to snuggle up in (and keep the toast crumbs off).  It started as a stack of coins quilt, but the separate stacks became one panel - a scrappy mix predominantly of blues, browns and greens, with a tiny bit of pink thrown in - with a linen border all round.

It is organic straight line quilted - more densely down the linen sides in tan thread, and then in grouped bands of beautiful variegated blue/green sulky 12 down the central panel to leave some space where the fabrics could speak for themselves.  My previous two quilts had been made without a walking foot and this was the first quilt I made using one - it was wonderful not having to heave and push the quilt through the sewing machine!

A binding didn't seem right so I ripped strips of the backing fabric (cotton sheeting), sewed them to the front, and then just pulled them right round to the back making a "non-binding binding" like this.  I caught down the edges at the back by machine sewing down the front edge.

In my head the quilt was called Sea and Sand, as that was its inspiration, but Moira said it reminded her of Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows which suits its snuggly nature.  

Finished quilt measures: 70 x 50 inches
Binding: "No binding" binding
Quilted on my domestic sewing machine
Entered in: Throw Quilt, Home Machine Quilted Quilt

Thank you very much for visiting:-)


  1. This is lovely - the colours have a very peaceful and serene effect to me. It looks like you used quite a heavy weight cotton for the quilting - like you would use for hand quilting. Did this cause any issues for your machine? And did you use the same thread in the bobbin?

    1. Hi Adrianne

      Thank you so much:-)! I'm answering here (in case info helps anyone else) as well as by email.

      It's one of these http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalog/Sulky_Blendables_Thread.html

      I used the same thread in the bobbin and had no problems at all (except that being a thicker thread the bobbin ran out frequently and I spend a lot of time re-loading it, which is very tedious:-) As suggested in the thread details I was using a larger needle.

      I was really pleased with it.

  2. That makes me want to take a nice cozy afternoon nap. Very inviting!

  3. Lovely quilt and fabulous colour pallette. Take care.

  4. What a beautiful quilt and such a subtle colour palette - thanks for sharing

  5. Beautiful and I love the colours. I am inspired to make something myself having seen this and also some of the quilts I saw in France last week. I can do it - can't I?

  6. What a soothing looking quilt, just beautiful. I love my walking foot - couldn't manage without it!

  7. The colors of this quilt are great! Definitely soothing and it looks very cuddly. :)

  8. I really love this quilt Catherine and it's lovely to see it again. I'm going to check that thread out.

  9. Love the color palette. Very calm and soothing.

  10. I really like this quilt! Congratulations on entering. Good luck!

  11. YOu did it! Well done! And it's SO beautiful- I love the soft colours and the blue/green quilting! It all reminds me of afternoon beach colours.

  12. Oh and thanks for sending people my way too!

  13. Hi Catherine! How I missed your beautiful quilt at the festival? I love this! 'Sea and Sand' just perfect and wonderful calm colours! Your header is also fantastic! x Teje


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