Sunday, May 1, 2022

Seaglass Quilt #2

Just as I've done with making Kawandi, it seems that since learning how to make a Seaglass Quilt, I can't get this concept and technique out of my system!

We live two hours from either ocean, so the closest I am to a pretty water view is at one of the 89 swimming pools in our community! So that's where I headed for these pictures. Special thanks to my patient hubs Dan, for quilt-holding. 

Seaglass Quilt #2 is 35½" X 47". It was just as much fun to make as the first. (Here's my blog post about the first Seaglass Quilt.)

As before, I used mostly scraps, though to get enough of each of the six colors, I also had to dig into stash and cut off chunks. In my quilting world, and sewing room, what I refer to as scraps are often the really bitty pieces that many quilters call crumbs. To make a Seaglass quilt, crumbs aren't large enough.  

For Seaglass quilt #2, rather than using a quilting cotton background, I used linen yardage in the color natural.
Seaglass Quilt #2, 35½" X 47"

Right away I learned that the fusible doesn't like to stick to linen as well as it does to quilting cotton. That's why when I did the free motion quilting, beside quilting around the outside of each shape, I also quilted a snail-trail swirl into each piece. I used 80-weight Aurifil thread on top which I like because it's practically invisible. On the back is 50-weight Aurifil.

I chose this gray, gold-spattered fabric as backing, mostly because it was one of the few single pieces of print yardage I have left in my stash. I finished the quilt with a faced edge using Hayley Grzych's "Easy Quilt Facing" tutorial on the Bernina/We All Sew website. 


If you haven't yet made a Seaglass Quilt, here's why I enjoy it so much, and recommend making one:

1) it uses scraps that are about 3" X 3" or so;
2) it's really fun to experiment with color arrangement and flow;
3) machine appliqué and quilting happens all in one step, so if you like free motion quilting, this will be right up your alley; and
4) if you have odds and ends of various brands and colors of thread, a Seaglass quilt is a great way to use them up! 

I bought video instructions from Allie at www.exhaustedoctopus.com to learn to make this. If you want to do the same, go here. (I am not compensated for providing this link!) Linda

15 comments:

  1. So pretty and cool looking

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  2. Doesn't this look extra pretty in the outdoor setting! Well done, Linda!

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  3. this is a very pretty quilt. It does look like sea glass and the colors are so sweet

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  4. It is very pretty. Nice fabric choices and placement. Thanks for providing the links also.

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  5. I've loved Allie's concept from day 1, and it's great that you love making it. This quilt is a stunner - so glad you enjoyed making it so!

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  6. This is so pretty, do you plan to hang it in your home? I can imagine a series including placemats to go with your collection of Fiesta dishes.

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  7. Your use of color and shape here is wonderful. And I love the texture of your quilting. Pool side is the perfect photo site.

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  8. That looks wonderful, right at home beside the pool.

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  9. Just beautiful!!❤️

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  10. Another beautiful quilt - I really like this technique.

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  11. Love the closeup I was able to see. The colors flow wonderfully. Thanks for the tip about the thread.

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  12. Oh my, I can see the appeal of Seaglass - this is gorgeous. Such a beautiful use of your scraps.

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  13. Simply stunning, Linda! While I'm tempted (as I was after your first Seaglass quilt), my dance card is full. The pattern is banished to the SOMEDAY list. Sigh...

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  14. I can see why you've revisited this technique - the quilt is beautiful - and you obviously enjoy the whole process from start to finish. I've tended to shy away from fusibles but I enjoyed a short workshop with Gail Lawther at a recent quilt show and bought some supplies to have a go at my own designs.

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  15. Your quilt is lovely. Somehow your colors always look appropriate for Florida :D

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