What ARE you talking about, Joyful???
In her announcement, Carol from Just Let Me Quilt writes:
I will be hosting the "Salt and Sand" blog hop March 22- 26. The challenge is to sew something in ocean/sand colors and/or ocean creatures. This one should be fun, too...well, I think they are all fun!
Here is my fabric pull...
... Which sat on my "design board" for several weeks before I began:
This is my plan:
Last week, with my toes in the sand I began by doing free cut curves, but no folded seam allowances for finished applique. That's how I roll:
Then, I waded into the surf...
... Before fixing my eyes on the horizon and the sky beyond:
Once the pieces were situated...
... I pinned everything in place:
Prior to going to the machine, I added (and removed) a couple of "blender" waves, as I wasn't convinced they worked:
Monday was the day that I finally worked up the courage to stitch it all down (which is good since the Hop has started)...
... With the help of the beachiest threads on the rack:
Again, I walked out on the sand...
Inching my way into the waves required a plan...
... And SEW many thread changes...
... As the waves crashed into the shore:
With the horizon sewn down, it was time to stitch my way across the sky:
The two shades of blue that I chose required reinforcements and more thread was added after seeing the puckers in the photo below:
That was followed by squaring up the piece:
Thanks to Needleb, you don't need to feel seasick, as she reminded me that the horizon should be level:
That is the beginning of my PRIZE giveaway!!!
When it came time for finishing the piece, I decided to attempt color matching the binding...
... Which was just as challenging as I remembered it to be:
As I always say...
DONE is better than perfect:
What's THIS, Joyful???
Because, as you may or may not know, EVERY Blog Hop is reason for a giveaway, in my book. As the winner, YOU will get to choose if you would like me to transform these scraps into a pin cushion, a mug rug, or a small framed quilt art piece.
DISCLAIMER: The fabrics shown above will be used (possibly in combination with other color-appropriate scraps) in the making of said prize. That prize may or may not end up looking anything like the layout shown above.
How do I qualify to win the prize, Joyful???
In order to get your name in the prize drawing, you MUST tell me the name or location of your favorite beach. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, March 31st @ 9 PM (EDT) from your qualifying comments.
Sorry!! The drawing is CLOSED!!!
Be sure to visit the other Hop participants listed below:
March 22March 23 March 24 March 25
The Joyful Quilter - You are HERE!!!March 26
I'm joining in some of my favorite Link Parties:
Sharing with Alycia
Whooping it Up with Sarah
Until next time...