If you follow my blog you already know I’m a nut when it comes to the beach. So when Sharon Holland put out a call for makers on Instagram for her new fabric collection, Coastline, I jumped at the chance to be part of it. I’m thrilled to be part of such a talented group and have loved seeing everyone’s projects so far, with many more to come! Yesterday, Lisa Mabey posted the cutest outfit she made from the fabrics, and she even included an awesome tutorial. I’m already looking forward to what Raedene Averitt has in store for tomorrow. You can check out the full line-up for the blog-hop here.
I guess I should share my project! Obviously, I HAD to make a quilt. I’ve been a huge fan of Art Gallery Fabrics for a while, they are so soft, and I have loved every line they’ve produced. I looked to Sharon’s fabric for inspiration and noticed the colors would look really great fading into one another. I grouped the fabric into small color groups, “fading”
from blue-teal-beige-pink-white, and set out to come up with a design.
I decided to go with a brick layout so I mocked one up in Illustrator. Since I was fading from one color to another, I thought it would also be fun to split the quilt into color and “neutrals.” I pictured an imaginary line diagonally up the quilt and filled in the bricks I knew I wanted to have color.
I already had my colors separated, so I started filling in random bricks with each print. I started off scattering the same print in 1-3 spots, starting with the dark blue. I kept the angle of the imaginary line in mind while placing my fabrics. I then added more of the blue prints.
As I got toward the center I switched over to the beige/in-between prints.
I then started working my way down from the bottom with the pinks in the same way.
Finally, I scattered the low-volume neutrals as best I could without grouping too many of the same print together. I ended up needing two fat quarters of each neutral to make it work.
I ended up mixing up a few rows when piecing, but I think it still worked out! I backed the quilt with the teal sand piper print and asked my long-armmer to quilt a wavy pattern to mimic the coastal theme.
I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into my “design process.” Don’t forget, Sharon is hosting an awesome giveaway at the end of the blog-hop via Instagram. Check out the details on her blog. You could win a fat quarter bundle of your own! Thank you so much for checking out my quilt.