Cocktails On The Beach Quilt

Beach Quilt
Fresh from the dryer.
The Cocktails On The Beach quilt was a long time coming. Inspired by the peak season weekly cocktail meet ups on little Useppa Island, where we spend our Spring Break vacations. Actually, I’ve only attended these cocktails meet ups on the beach once, maybe twice. It’s more the idea of cocktails on the beach, that inspired this quilt.

The inspiration for this quilt originally came from Kaffe Fassett’s “Baby’s Corrugated Quilt” in Passionate Patchwork. The idea of the shirting stripes against the bright bits of color appealed to me. This is my spin on that idea.
The patchwork squares are all from men’s dress shirts. I’ve been collecting the perfect ones from the thrift store for over a year. The bright triangles are various solid quilting cottons, a few cut from bright shirts bought second hand. Meant to completely pop out against the blues, soft grays, and pinstripes.
I machine quilted straight lines on either side of the horizontal and vertical seamlines. After that, I hand quilted around each bright triangle configuration with various blue and blue-green shades of perle cotton. I am not a hand quilting expert, and am sure my stitches could be smaller and closer together, but I like the extra dimension it gives the quilt.
Beach Quilt
It was fun to use little details from the different shirts.
Beach Quilt
The back is Tula Pink’s “Floaties and Sinkies”.

The binding is Kona “Bone”. Finished size is 66″ x 76″.

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