Hardly has my pc cooled after posting the June block and here I am posting the July block. With school holidays looming, I knew that this block had to be done speedily!
The summer to my family means water – swimming, surfing, body boarding and kayaking. In all honesty, my kids pass through their summer permanently slightly damp. I felt I just had to fit the sea onto the quilt somehow. For this block, I took my inspiration from my earlier quilt pattern, the Sail Away Quilt.
I was pleased with my little turquoise fish! You can still just faintly make out the marking pen that I used for the eye! I could sponge it off but I know it will be gone by the time the quilt is stitched together.
We go regularly to County Sligo and the Little One always gathers up the shells she finds there. Their beauty attracts her but then we are never quite sure what to do with them when we return home. They lie scattered around the garden, blown by the wind and eventually covered by soil and leaves. I wonder will they be a puzzlement to some future gardener!
When I quilt the block, I will outline quilt around the shells with black thread which will make them stand out against the cream background blocks. A black outline will also soften the dark lines of the shell patterns.
I added the tiny heart button to the boat as an after-thought, which just confirms last month’s opinion that everything looks that little bit better with a button on it!
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