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From my Sketchbook: Ocean Paradise

All things come to those who wait...even quilt blocks. My Mock Turtle - which has long been a favourite in the shop - finally has its own quilt in the very special 100th (!!!) issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting. And meet the mini Mock Turtle, a.k.a. the Hatchling, which might, quite possibly, steal the show.



This quilt finds our turtles on a tropical beach, made with Heather Ross's bright Malibu prints for Windham Fabrics (bought here) and some sunny Liberty Betsy lawns (find them here), all bathing in a warm sea of Moda Bella Solid in Breeze. I rounded out the prints with some sherbet coloured gingham from Heather's older collection, Trixie, which I found amongst other treasures at Celtic Fusion Fabrics.



As the Mock (or Mama) Turtle is one of my Petit Four series, the blocks are all modular. The Seashell and Hatchling blocks are interchangeable and four of each are the same size as a Turtle block, which means you can customise the layout of your Ocean Paradise quilt, or substitute another Petit Four block. One of the Sailing By blocks would be fun.



I pieced my turtle, hatchlings and seashells in late winter and those sun-drenched prints lit up my sewing room with a welcome shot of colour. Almost as good as a holiday (but, alas, cocktail-free). And I used a few of those modular blocks to rustle up a matching cushion, trimmed with emerald-green ric-rac.

Although Liberty lawn and hot-pink prints give this quilt a feminine twist, it would be a wonderful quilt to make for your favourite boy... adult or hatchling!


Nicola xx



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