In the Sew New to Me Quilting Bee, Gretchen asked us to make a block for her that is inspired by the beach. Well, that was a perfect inspiration theme for me! I love spending some summer evenings at the beach. (make sure to check out my beach pictures at the end of the post)
I decided to make something abstract showing beach grass/sand, water and sky. I used Elizabeth's freezer paper tutorial (map of the states block) to create this block. In an attempt to show you more of my process, I took some pictures of how I made it last night.
It's so humid outside today... my camera lens fogged up immediately when I went outside to take pictures! I thought it was kind of neat... kind of like fog rolling in off the lake.
Here's my process for the block. I drew a 15.5" square on the freezer paper and divided it into the sections that I wanted... beach grass, water, and sky.
My beach grass/sand pieces ironed onto fabrics. I trimmed them next, with a 1/4" seam allowance around the edges.
...the beach grass pieces sewn together
I changed the direction of the water section... thinking of the way the waves roll in along the shore. And above is the sky section with all of the pieces trimmed and ready to be sewn.
...and here's a collage of my real inspiration. I took my older kids to the beach one night last week and enjoyed taking some pictures while they swam. I sure am thankful to live in such a beautiful area during the summer. These pictures were taken along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.