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Ocean Breezes and Baby Sailboats!

by Andrea Kelter on 06/23/15

I love summer...on many days, this is my view.  Sometimes it changes to include a lighthouse or a whale or two - but basically, this is my view.  I consider myself greatly blessed to have it.

Last week, after returning from my little piece of paradise, I did a quick review of the pieces I've been working on recently, as well as those from the past.  And I realized quickly how influenced my quilts are by the colours of sea, sky and wind.  Even when the theme for a piece is not "ocean" or "coastal" - the influence creeps in.  I guess Tideline Quilts is the right choice for my little quilt company!

After my last blog post, I began working on four coordinated place mats for the table runner I posted last time.  I made them fully reversible, so a little spill doesn't mean instant laundering required - and used the same "Bleu Paris" and "Beacon" fabrics as the runner.

They turned out very pretty, functional and pretty - my favourite combination!  Here's a look...

I've also been playing with my fat quarter bundles of Angela Walters' "Drift" fabric, and have made these two 20 x 12 coordinating (but not matching!) cushions...envelope backs, ribbon finishes, and an easy coastal vibe.

A few weeks ago one of my favourite Australian bloggers, Samelia's Mum, posted a truly pretty sailboat block on her blog - which I immediately downloaded and shared to my Facebook page because it was so fresh and lovely.  It's a perfect scrap buster block, which uses 3-7/8" and 3-1/2" squares of fabric.  After spending some time analyzing some Carrie Nelson (formerly Miss Rosie's Quilt Co., now with Moda) quilts, because her version of "scrappy" is breathtaking in my book - and after asking myself, "What fabrics would Carrie use for these blocks?", I raided my stash and my scrap basket - and began making these...

I am loving making these blocks...they come together quickly and easily...and, my scrap basket is actually going down.  Which is a good thing, because now that I'm in love with these scrappy blocks, and my scrap basket is down, I just went online at Fabric.com and spent an indecent amount of money on low-volume shabby-chic fabrics (18 yards of them!) so I can make more of these quilts!  Then I looked around to see if there were any 12-step programs for fabric addicts (there are not, so I see a business opportunity for an entrepreneurial spirit somewhere!!!)...so I gave up and decided to enjoy the wait for my new fabrics.  It's good they're coming from the US, because the wait gives me a chance to figure out where I might be able to put them...

My UFO pile is down to three, all three require layering and quilting - but I have a week of vacation coming up so you never know, it could happen (but probably won't, because the right whales have arrived in the Bay of Fundy, and the boat is sailing out there every day!)

I'm linking up with Connie today (love seeing all her beautiful projects over at Freemotion by the River), and with Lee over at Freshly Pieced tomorrow (for the same reason).  Can't wait to see what everyone's working on...

Have a great day!

Comments (13)

1. Karen Miller said on 6/23/15 - 11:58AM
Andrea your projects are just beautiful! I'm loving the bird fabric that you choose (I love birds). Also very appreciative of your lovely view. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by the blog earlier. Karen
2. Bobbie said on 6/23/15 - 12:06PM
Beautiful! I love those blues! The pillows are fabulous!
3. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/23/15 - 12:09PM
Thanks for stopping by, Karen. So glad you like my projects - it means a lot coming from another quilter!
4. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/23/15 - 12:10PM
Thanks for stopping by, Bobbie. Glad you like the pillows - I have a lot of fun making them!
5. France said on 6/23/15 - 12:15PM
You indeed chose your name well. What a view! It reminds me of my vacations at my grandmother's house in Gaspésie. Her house was right by the sea. And of my trip to Prince-Edward-Îsland. Your placemats are quite beautiful and would look nice in my kitchen. :-) They are beautifully done. Making them reversible is such a good idea. Have a good day too!
6. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/23/15 - 12:35PM
Thanks for stopping by, France! I travelled through Gaspesie and the accompanying region some years ago - camped in Forillon National Park, kayaked in Cap Aux Os and fell totally in love with the majesty and natural beauty of that region. Thanks for your comments on the placemats - in my house, they have to be reversible (we are all accident prone!)
7. mary said on 6/24/15 - 09:18AM
What a beautiful view! The cushions are stunning, I love those blues, I do like not matching but coordinated things!
8. Sarah said on 6/24/15 - 09:55AM
Very envious of your view!!! :D Those baby sailboats are very, very cute.
9. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/24/15 - 01:06PM
Hi Mary - it is a great view, isn't it? This is the southwestern end of Grand Manan Island, located off the coast of Maine in the Bay of Fundy. My favourite place in the world...
10. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/24/15 - 01:08PM
Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. It is a beautiful spot, isn't it? My fave in all the world. Glad you like my sailboats, having a lot of fun making them!
11. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/24/15 - 01:11PM
I'm with you, Mary. Coordinating without being identical is my favourite way to make cushions, placemats, etc. Thanks for stopping by!
12. JanineMarie said on 6/24/15 - 10:41PM
Love the low volume scrappy background your baby sailboats. And your coastal cushions are stunning--and so appropriate with your inspiring view.
13. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/25/15 - 08:16AM
Thanks for your lovely comments, Janine Marie. So nice of you to stop by!

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