Seaside States

Seasides States

I am so excited to show you my completed quilt from the Sew New to Me Virtual Quilting Bee. I named this one Seaside States – “Seaside” because it really has a beachy feel to me, and “States” because it was made using the Map of the States technique by Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson. The blocks and binding were created using Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain collection.

Seaside States Top

We are having the most beautiful weather today for Mother’s Day, so we loaded the kids up in the stroller and took the quilt out for a spin in the neighborhood. I hope I didn’t appear to be too much of a stalker as we took some photos next to this house with a great little flower garden and vines. 🙂

Seaside States Back

I used 2 tones of blue for the back of the quilt. Both are Kona solids, Peacock and Bahama Blue. The blocks down the middle coordinate in style with the front, with slightly wonky sides. I quilted it free motion and the final size is a 60″ square.

Seaside States Folded Back

For those that aren’t familiar with virtual quilting bees, we have 12 people in our group. Every month someone sends fabric to the other 11 people and we sew blocks based on their instruction. The blocks are then mailed back and incorporated into a quilt. The very talented group of ladies created the blue and green blocks for me and I added in the blocks with white sashing. I am new to the online quilting community and this was just the best experience. I really hope to be involved in another bee once this once is finished. It is a great way to be challenged each month and work with a variety of fun fabrics!

I hope everyone out there is having a fabulous Mother’s Day and gets at least a little time of rest and relaxation in today!



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    May 9, 2010

    This turned out beautifully!! I love the two tones you used on the back and the white squares on the front provide a great place to rest your eyes between all of the prints. Nice job!!

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    Katie B

    May 9, 2010

    It’s beautiful! This quilt has a very cool, beachy look. Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Patchwork Queen

    May 9, 2010

    The finished quilt is great…I love how you’ve done the back. You’re very lucky with your quilting bee.

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    What Comes Next?

    May 9, 2010

    It’s a beautiful quilt – love the colours and the back is fabulous! Well done! Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Nichole Pyle

    May 9, 2010

    beautiful! i really like the back. the two shades of blue look great together.

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    May 10, 2010

    It turned out great! Beautiful!

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    May 11, 2010

    Ohhhh, the front is beautiful but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the back of this one — those were great Kona’s to pair and the white really makes the center blocks pop!! Likey-Likey!!

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    May 11, 2010

    Oh wow that back is beautiful…I already fell in love with the front earlier, but all together it’s great!! I want one! 🙂 The colors are amazing.

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    May 12, 2010

    love love love love love love love this 🙂
    Did i tell you that I LOVE this? 🙂

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    Tina "The Book Lady"

    August 26, 2010

    Hi, thanks for sharing this great quilt. I’ve been looking for something to get back into the quilting mode and this may be it! I’ve been told by several people to make up a couple and show them at my literacy booth.

    I’m following you now and would love to have you visit my blogs:

    I’m from Somewhat simple. – Tina “The Book Lady”