This is my second time participating in Amy's Blogger Quilt Festival and this time I'm going to show my Batik Beach Quilt. I pieced this quilt this summer with Island Batik fabrics and use acrylic templates by Elisa's Backporch for cutting out the curves (super easy...highly recommend them!). Arranging the layout for this quilt was another matter as I wanted organized randomness for a design! Fortunately I have quilting friends that were up to the challenge and helped with the layout at a guild retreat.
Now I call this my "Beach" quilt is because I made it to use at the beach or to lay on my dock in the summer time. I am a firm believer in using your quilts not matter what the risks are...be it wet sandy footprints, popcicle drips or butter stains from your popcorn when your cuddled up under a quilt while watching a movie with family. I believe quilts should be well loved or they have no value. If they are folded up on a shelf and not touched do you think your children will want them when your gone? The ones that are stained and washed a bizillion times are the ones they will cherish because they contain wonderful memories! That is were the value of a quilt is...in the memories they hold.
So I hope this quilt will not stay as beautiful as it does in these pictures but over time, as each of my family members plop their wet butts down and wipe their sandy feet on it, it becomes well loved!
I hand dyed the backing and if you want to learn what NOT to do when dyeing fabrics click here (I don't need to repeat that story again!). I quilted it using my longarm and chose a dragonfly themed pantograph to fit with the beach theme.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the festival!
Oh, I'm not one for painting my toes but this summer I felt this overwhelming urge to do so...wonder where I got the idea for this color? ;)
I have been quilting for over 20 years and have turned my passion for quilting into a home business. Tamarack Shack Longarm Quilting opened it's doors January 2009 on the shores of Schist Lake in Northern Manitoba. I have recently moved to Emo, ON and look forward to opening my business again soon.
This blog is where I share photos of my quilts as well as my clients quilts. I have recently become addicted to dyeing fabric especially snow dyeing as we have snow 6 months of the year. I have thrown in few personal stories about living on the shores of Schist Lake and now I'm ready to explore and share photos of the area around Emo, Ontario as life isn't all about quilting.
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