We spend a lot of weekday hours away from the house. Both of us have about an hour long commute. So the two furry kids have a dog walker who comes over mid day to spend time with them and let them out and walk them. She is the best and when she asked me to make a quilt for their beach house I knew I had to come up with something fun.
The only thing she asked for was beachy colors. I know she would have loved to have some flip flop fabrics worked in, but that will have to wait for a smaller wall hanging piece. Given the liberty of using predominantly blues I was ready to go.
Next was figuring out where to go. After going through various books and patterns, I decided I really wanted to do Elizabeth Dackson’s Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from her awesome book ‘Becoming a Confident Quilter’. Check out her site at http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/.
Before I started to work on the piece, I again experimented with the Simple Curves ruler from Cheryl Phillips. I have another piece I had played with and am now enthralled with the possibilities of adding curves. Everywhere.
So I took some of the fabric I had purchased for this project and created this.
And then I thought I would use this and then do the diamonds pattern and it just kept going from there. I did eliminate the spacers in the original so the diamonds all touch. I quilted it using a blue variegated thread and followed the curves.
I did the back using the fabrics from the front and kept it very simple. I figured if she doesn’t really dig the front, she’s bound to like the back!