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From my sketchbook: Beach Days

EDIT: You can now buy this pattern as a PDF here or as a Paper Pattern here.

You may remember me contributing a block to the Moda Bakeshop 2019 summer sew-along, At the Seashore. My block was a bright and breezy Beach Hut and, as anyone who's had the pleasure of seeing one in real life will tell you, beach huts tend to come in rows.

So I was really happy to do just that and expand that one block into a quilt and you can find it in issue 89 of Love Patchwork & Quilting which will be hitting the newsstands - real and virtual - this morning. And when I say also made the cover *hurray* which was a fantastic surprise.

Editor Alice was keen for me to use solid fabrics but left the palette up to me, so I sent my wish list to the wonderful Lissa at Moda fabrics and soon had a delicious stack of ice-cream coloured Bella Solids on my cutting board: Flamingo, Betty's Pink, Afternoon, Summer Sky, Tranquil Aqua, Dusty Jade and Flax.

Photos shared with kind permission of Love Patchwork & Quilting

I varied the width of the stripes on some of the blocks to give my quilt a bit of a 'tingle' and then settled in for chain piecing some strip sets. And I used my favourite triangle-in-a-square technique to create the beach hut roofs.

My lovely Jayne quilted it with a fun, water-splash design and I bound it in sunshiny Afternoon yellow.

Although I made my quilt in solids, this large, graphic block would also look wonderful in prints. Nostalgic feedsack prints would be really fun and Cottonpatch always has a lovely selection.

It's such a happy quilt to make and it certainly cheered up February, which is when I made mine. Needless to say I'm very much looking forward to unfurling it on a beach one day soon.

Nicola xx


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