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

19 comments:

Teresa said...

So pretty and cool looking

Nancy said...

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

Rosemary B❤️ said...

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

Betty C said...

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

Debbie said...

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!

Quilting Babcia said...

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.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

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

Jenny said...

That looks wonderful, right at home beside the pool.

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful!!❤️

Patty said...

Another beautiful quilt - I really like this technique.

Deb said...

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

Marie said...

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

The Joyful Quilter said...

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...

Allison said...

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.

Mary said...

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

Michelle said...

Amazing! This is absolutely lovely.

FlourishingPalms said...

Thank you for saying so, Michelle! I really like it too! And please know that I would reply to you in person, but your Google profile is set to "no comment reply." :-(

Lisa Marie said...

So beautiful! Although I have quilted for many years, I still see things like this that make me think, "why have I never tried that?". Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

This is just beautiful. Thank you:)

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