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Friday, November 13, 2009

The big reveal---The "Beach Quilt" has arrived.


I can give the full reveal of the "Beach Quilt". I got the call that it arrived in New Zealand safely this morning. My sister Chris wanted a gift with a Beach theme for Roger and Lucre who had a housewarming back in the middle of the year. Chris sent some of the material to me,this is used in surfboards that Roger makes.
I used patterns from this great site, I spent several hours drawing cutting and appliqueing the seahorse. I purchased the yellow for the seahorse and when I walked into the patchwork shop I eyed the lovely sea material that is used in the background. This is a nutex material originally from New Zealand. Chris sent me the paua shell material which is from nutex as well.

Being a "Beach Quilt" we had to have a palm tree. Originally this block was much larger but to suit the size of the quilt I reduced this to 12.5 inches.

I included sun fish,angel fish,dolphin and a turtle. All these have been done with button-hole stitch around the edge. I even got to use my "Wavy Edge Ruler' which has been so handy.

I wanted to add a personal touch to the quilt. So I sent Pauline and Chris on a search of lighthouses that are near Lucre and Rogers. With Cape Reinga being the closest and being white I got them to search further afield in Argentina where Lucre hails from. Lucre grew up in an area that was landlocked so I chose one that was black and white as I already had the block together. So I chose to name if after the one that is at "Querandi". For the border I had purchased the "Surfy" type material as a remnant at Textile Traders. I left it for a day or so to see if it really went with it. Chris loves this material. The final measurements of the quilt is about 1280 wide and the length is 1380. This in inches is about 47.5 wide and 51.5 inches in length. I thoroughly enjoyed the planning and making of the quilt. As Chris wanted it for a wall hanging I added a sleeve to the back of it as well as a label. I did use a cotton wadding so it can be used to snuggle under if needed. The backing material has different types of sea shells on it.I bought this quilting material a while ago at Good Sammys. I knew one day it would be handy for a backing material at least. I machine quilted it myself and surprisingly it only took a couple of hours.Roger has a blog,you can see some wonderful photo's of the surfboards being made. I loved the one with paua shell in it. Lucre is presently on holiday in Argentina and will be back next week. She sure is going to get a great surprise. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Happy days.
Bev C


Anita said...

Boy oh Boy Bev, you/ve been busy. I love the quilt and so will the lucky people it is going to live with. Well done. Kind regards, Anita

teresa said...

Wow Bev, the quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I really love the seahorse. You have made it so special.

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Bev, I am very impressed by this lovely quilt you have made. So much work and such lovely stories behind it. They must be very happy with it (O:
Have a lovely weekend!!!

Mylene said...

WEll done on the quilt, Bev. Great pattern and excellent color choices. I am sure they will treasure it always.

Have a nice weekend.

Cybele's patch said...

It is a lovely quilt Bev. i am sure it makes a wonderful present.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What a wonderful beach quilt Bev...just perfect for this time of year...and anytime...I'm sure it will be treasured♥x

wandar-wanda said...

Hi, your works are beautiful, warm greetings, Wanda

Pauline said...

Bev, Lucre is going to LOVE it, I just know it! And I'm guessing it is going to be much admired by many surfies!! You've done an amazing job, girl!

Sindy said...

Your quilt turned out fantastic! I just love the way you pulled it all together. It will most definitely be well loved!


Pauline said...

Bev, I've seen it!! It looks even better in real life. I touched it and marvelled over it for ages. You are one very clever lady!!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Bev. Very well done on the Beach Quilt. Lovely. I reckon your new light for stitching well be great. It is always nice to stitch in the evening. vbg Congratulation on the reward. Hugs Judy

Roger said...

Hi Bev
We were taken completely by surprise and what a surprise it was!
We had no idea that you were craftily hand crafting away with us in mind. Thank you so much!
We had so much fun looking at The Beach Quilt and discovering all the wonderful parts of it that mean so much to us.
Our poor little house has been so neglected since we moved in as we both have been so busy we haven’t had the chance to make it our home until now!
The patterns and the fabrics have so much meaning for us, right down to the wooden pegs as Roger’s Mum (Dorothy) had some special wooden pegs which Roger’s Dad (Roger) wound some copper wire around to stop them splitting many years ago. Dorothy passed those special pegs to us when we moved to this house. We were amazed to see the wooden pegs on The Quilt!
We are both very touched that Chris, Pauline, Matt and Janine and yourself Bev have worked together on this beautiful art piece for us!
The Beach Quilt has a pretty place in the house and we will show you soon.
Lucre and Roger