Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quilt at the beach

A few weeks ago, we went on a crazy, almost spur-of-the-moment road trip to the beach. My sister-in-law invited us to come stay with them at a beach house in southern California during part of their spring break. At first I wasn't sure it was a good idea. We had a lot going on and our kids would miss a couple days of school since it wasn't our spring break yet. Fortunately we threw caution to the wind and did it anyway. And it turned out to be the very best kind of idea.
We went from this the week before...
...to this.
Not too shabby.
Since we were going to be in a nice change of scenery, I decided to finally photograph this project somewhere besides my backyard. (Although, I wouldn't mind if this was my new backyard.) I started this quilt exactly a year ago. I wanted to play with fabrics and create a kind of ombre look using different shades of fabric. I love each of the fabrics that I used.
Then I decided I wanted to quilt it myself using an echo quilting in the white space. And it took. For. Evah.  I would work on it for a little bit and then get sick of it and put it away for a while. And then pull it out again for a few more rounds, and then put it away again. Finally I finished it during Season 3 of Downton Abby. Whew. 
And now it is finally ready to share.  I was originally going to write a pattern for this one. Still deciding if that will happen or if it will just be a nice experiment in fabrics, color, and a lot of straight line quilting. Also still trying to come up with a name for it. Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions?
And nowI will leave you with some dreamy, summery shots to get you through these last winter days (if it's still like that where you are.)
Breaks are good things - I didn't realize how much I needed one until we went away. It was so nice to just sit and visit with siblings (my sister and her husband drove a couple of hours to come visit for the day and another brother-in-law and his wife were able to visit another day. I love my family!) I loved just sitting, doing a little hand-sewing, watching the cousins play together, listening to the waves, and eating fresh fish tacos.
And now we're back in the middle of school plays, registering for next year, birthdays, and the busy-ness of regular life. Next time I get an invite to the beach, I definitely won't drag my feet before I get there. That's for sure.

80 comments:

Mama Bell said...

Lots of quilting has been finished thanks to Downton Abby! That's for sure. Great job and thanks for the warm sunny pictures! Gives me hope.

Jan said...

So glad you had a wonderful trip. Love, love the quilt.

Carolyn Lewis said...

Beautiful quilt....given your story of your love/hate relationship with finishing, for a name Cross to Bear quickly came to mind. Enjoy your posts!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Gorgeous pictures and the quilt is great! I love the ombre. Maybe 'Tracks'? tracks in the snow or sand ;)

hilary said...

Bautiful quilt! And lovely pictures capturing that wonderful time with your family, little things are great!

LynCC said...

Love your quilt, Amy!

jlk said...

Your getaway sounds fantastic. I could use a trip to the beach about now.

~Diana said...

Lovely quilt...poor Matthew! :)

Kevin the Quilter said...

Great quilt, and great get away!

Jessica Christensen said...

I don't know about names -- I have enough trouble naming my own -- but I love this quilt. I love the cool colors and the ombre look to it. Great work!

valentinegirl said...

I love your quilt.....Railroad Tracks come to mind. Making tracks? Down the line? Railway? If you pick my name I would be totally open to getting a copy of your pattern.....I'm just sayin'!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a beautiful post Amy! So happy you enjoyed your beach time with family. I did too. The quilt is fabulous!

Andy said...

What??? You? Quilting?? I don't know why you don't do it more often my dear. you did a lovely job - love the echo lines!

Lisa said...

It looks like the old timey light poles with the steps on them. I would call it ladder to the light!

Ali Hogg said...

what a lovely setting for your quilt photo shoot. sounds like a great break, ali

Melissa Corry said...

What a fabulous get away!! Looks so nice and sunny!! The quilt is fabulous and not that you would ever name it after this, but it reminds me of my sons's braces when he gets different color bands put on :)

trish said...

Ha ha ha. My son chooses blue! :o)

trish said...

Hi Amy. Your getaway looks and sounds wonderful! I am so glad that you had a chance to relax and enjoy your family. :o) Trish xo

Sarah said...

Beautiful quilt and use of color! I love it! I'd call it "Add it Up". :)

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Your getaway looks perfect! Still snowing in Kentucky. :( Love the quilt and as soon as I saw it I thought "Railroad Ties".

Chris S said...

Train Tracks first came to mind. I love this, hope you make a pattern! :)

Happier Than A Bird Quilts said...

I really love the quilt! I'd buy a pattern. Your vacation looks wonderful.

Farmummy said...

Love the quilt and the surrounds. I would call it Ebb & Flow

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful quilt love the colors. I think this would make a great pattern, it would definitely sell if you made one.

Terry said...

It's a beautiful quilt and I love the play with the colors. How about calling it "Detours?" As in, sometimes we need to take them for a little change of perspective... a good thing!

Katy Cameron said...

I could live with going there for a quilt shoot :oD

How about Quilt To A 'T'

NW Patchwork said...

Beautiful! It reminds me of the ladder we built as kids that went up to our tree house :)

Cathy said...

I would name it Tree House Ladder....as it also reminds me of the ladder to our childhood tree house. You need to write this pattern because I need it!!...LOL

familyhammond said...

I LOVE this quilt! I want to make one for our bed someday...soooo if you want to make a pattern for it I will buy it :)

Sharon Dawn said...

It sounds like wonderful memories to have forever! I love your dancer on the beach!

Wendy L said...

Beautiful quilt! I don't have any cute name suggestions, but it reminds me of zipper teeth. :) It's only the first day of spring, but your photos made me realize how ready I am for summer to get here.

shari said...

Hi Amy, what a lovey story about your outing. Got a little chuckle about you quilting your quilt. Love, Love, Love your blog, I will surely be back to visit and I am now your newest follower!
Shari @ Kashmere Kisses

Karen said...

So glad you took advantage of the wonderful break, and I sure hope you create a pattern for that great quilt! The photo of your leaping little one is fantastic and inspiring on its own.

Nedra said...

You could name the quilt Downton 5 (because it has 5 rows). And I'm sure season 5 will be here before we know it! Your beach pictures look so inviting :)

Christie said...

Maybe Crossroads? Made me think of a tiny town...minus the houses!

UKMUMINUSA said...

I could really do with a break from the cold snowy winter we are having. this winter seems to be dragging on and I cannot wait for spring. Lovely to see your quilt at the beach.

Cory said...

I would name this quilt Stacked Ladders. It reminds me of a ladder to a treehouse. What about Treetop Ladder? Sounds like you had a great vacation. Take care and God bless, Cory

CathyK said...

Isn't it wonderful to get together with family, especially if it isn't planned ahead of time? The whole trip kind of takes on a relaxed feel with nothing planned down to the minute. I am glad you were able to get away and enjoy family and a gorgeous beach!

Melissa {polkadot chair} said...

I would call it giant stitches. It reminds me of stitches on a football.
We are going to the beach for Spring Break too! I'm taking stuff to photograph now!

amy smart said...

I'm still ticked off! :)

amy smart said...

I even surprise myself sometimes. But notice, I'm still only capable of straight lines and it takes me almost a year to finish it. :)

amy smart said...

Haha! Why do kids want those crazy colors in their mouth? When I had braces last year I went with clear elastics every time. I didn't want any more attention drawn to my ugly mouth.

amy smart said...

Thanks so much for the love!! You know when you've looked at something so long that you can't decide if you even like it anymore? That's how I was feeling about this quilt. Now I'm feeling a renewed love as well. Sounds like I need to write the pattern...

neubiewaters said...

Well, it kind of looks like T's sitting one on top of the other, so if I had made it I'd be calling it my "Mr. T" quilt

Lluisa Munoz said...

Oh your quilt it's so gorgeous!!! I love it :)

Nice and relaxing place, at least is what I felt looking at the pics,

Have a great day!!

Lluisa x

Handmade by Hanki said...

You had a great getaway and quilt is really gorgeous. I would call it same as your post "Quilt at the beach"

ozone3 said...

Love the quilt!! How about "Southern Cross". Don't know where exactly you were, but when I think of beaches, I always think of the South!!

Hope you decide to do a pattern as I would LOVE to get it!!

melintheattic said...

Fantastic quilt! I love that you thought to bring it to the beach to photograph.

The Calico Cat said...

T-Zone - immediately came to my mind as a name for that quilt

Tannon Davis said...

I LOVE that quilt. I don't care what you call it. I would have bought the pattern. LOL!

Hayden said...

how about "Off the Grid"? sounds like you went off it for a bit which is always refreshing, and the pattern looks like an "off" grid!

jodydeschenes said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! (quilt, AND beach) !!!!! (:

Elaine said...

Really nice and soft look. As I saw it I thought "timeline" since I'm a teacher but then you never gave a name!

halfstitched said...

Love the quilt, it reminded me of a Ladder Stitch...

LindseyAnne said...

I think you should have desert somewhere in the title. The colours definitely say 'desert' to me. It's lovely. Hope you do a pattern as I'd like to try it.

Books_Bound said...

Beautiful! I did a little echo quilting on your "Chain Linked" pattern and it likewise took forever. :) But it looks so good when it's done!

This reminds me of a spaced apart zipper, so I'd name it "Deconstructed Zipper" though that might be a little too artsy-fartsy for a pattern name, I don't know. :)

Donna said...

So glad you were able to have a get away, and to such a beautiful place. The first thing I see on your awesome quilt are the crosses, which make me think of the the amazing, redeeming sacrifice our Savior Jesus Christ made for us. So my vote for a name would be Resurrection, the story doesn't end at the cross but in the promise of eternal life that He gives us all! I love all the fabrics you've used and a pattern would be awesome.

Ocouss said...

I think Climbing the Walls. It looks a bit like a trellis to me, or an old school video game ladder. Plus I think it fits the amount of time it took to finish.

Martha said...

Beautiful quilt. The quilting was well worth the time. I would call it Fence Rows.

Christal said...

Love the quilt design and choice of fabric. I would call it "Positive Changes". It reminds me of plus signs moving/changing from dark to light.

Patti said...

I knew I couldn't be alone in this one. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that quilt and am begging you to please make a pattern for it and soon. I mean really soon. I need it so I can make and have it finished by June 1, 2013. It's just stunning.

Mom C said...

Railroad tracks, or tie bars. Very nice.

Sewn With Grace said...

How about "Crosswalk"? So pretty!

Andrea said...

Lovely quilt...glad you followed through and took that beach vacation! This quilt reminds me of "Almost Crossroads" for what it's worth. Lot's of nice names being bantered about.

Diane said...

Lucky Lady to have a wonderful and well deserved beach break... and with your family too! Can't say why, but "Making Tracks" comes to my mind. Totally love the quilting and know what a labor of love it is to complete a never-ending quilt project. Many thanks for all you share.

Katie B said...

I hope you do write a pattern! Cool quilt.

Gransie's Groove said...

I, too, thought "Resurrection" when I saw your beautiful quilt! I love the energy...fabrics and echo quilting really made it come alive:) Thanks for sharing it with us:)

heartsease54 said...

Love the quilt. My first thought was T-Bone. Then looked a little more and maybe Random Rails suits it better.

S.Paton quilts said...

love your choice of colors and the ombre effect!
how about T time? (and a pattern, pretty please!)

Leah said...

I'd trade snow for the beach any day. Great photos and great quilt. You can call it "Chutes and Ladders"

Afton said...

How about "Crossroads"?

J├ęsabelle B. said...

Hey!? I was going to say "Crossroads" to... :)
Very nice quilting, it was worth it!

KerryQ said...

Maybe it's a little macabre, but it reminds me of Frankenstein stitches. How about "stitches". (I love the colors in this quilt.)

riftraff said...

I thought it was an Easter quilt when I saw it. So I would call it Easter cross or Resurrection. Love the colours and pattern.

diane said...

I love this quilt. If you don't write a pattern for it don't be surprised if it gets copied a lot. It's really beautiful and the echo quilting sets off the pattern perfectly.

Di~ said...

Love the quilt! seriously! "You've got talent."

Jen Crutchfield said...

I would name it "Season 3."

Sugar Town Quilt Co. said...

who cares what you name it I love the pattern sew write it and get it out there. The 77 comments before me all had great names, you could just make the pattern cover with all of them like sweetwater does with there fabric

Tammy Edwards said...

Love this quilt sew much!!! Please make a pattern :) I love the name that Cathy,on March 20 at 5:19PM suggested, Tree House Ladder, because it also reminds me of the ladders we would make to our tree houses as well. We would hunt for any bits of wood we could find and our ladders as well as the tree house would be a lovily combination of differant colored bits of wood...much like a quilt:)
Love your blog Amy!
Have a nice day!

Lori Kae said...

I am really late at getting a reply posted but I am in love with this quilt. Serenity is the name which popped into my head first. It reminds me of peace and unity.

I would happily purchase a pattery or this if you made one. :)

I long for a trip to the beach with sunny skies. We are just south of Seattle and it is torentially raining here.