I'm making this quilt for my 8 year old son, who loves all things beachy. And the colours are definitely reminiscent of our yearly holiday destination - Binalong Bay on the east coast of Tasmania. My son already has several quilts, but he's a bit of a fan of building a quilt nest on his bed - and as the weather is descending into Autumn I figure another layer on his bed won't hurt ;o).
The quilt top came together ridiculously quickly (I didn't time it precisely, but it was around 8 hours of sewing to put it together). I used triangles on a roll for the first time to make the HSTs for this quilt, and they certainly make it quick to put HSTs together! The quilting has been really fast as well. I decided to continue the sea theme and combine organic straight lines following the angle of the HSTs with some improv free motion quilting. I'm using a variegated pale blue Aurifil thread (40wt) for all the quilting. I've kept the quilting wide-spaced, so the quilt is beautifully drapey and soft - and I'm looking forward to seeing what the texture is like once it's washed.
If you'd like to make your own version of Blithe, the Fat Quarter Shop have put together a kit featuring Chalk and Paint by Sew Caroline. This quilt finishes up at about 54" x 72" so it's a great size for a lap quilt. I'm hoping to finish the rest of the quilting later this week, and get the binding sewn on soon - I have a very impatient child asking me when it will be finished!!
I'll be back very soon with a free block tutorial and to share some of my student's work :o)