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Quilts at the Beach

Location means everything! As you can see in these pics, Sally, Sandy, Fiona, and Bubbles were right at home on the beach!

We’ve lived in Pensacola, Florida – twice! The first time (as newlyweds), my husband was a student pilot and the second time, with two little ones, he was a flight instructor. When he left the full-time USMC life, we moved to Missouri – but we spent many vacations going back “home” to Pensacola (also home of the Blue Angels).

We had a wedding to attend in Baton Rouge, so we decided to grab a couple of beach days on the tail end of that trip. I debated whether I should even bother to take quilts along to photograph…I’m SO glad I DID!

Image of Sandy Quilt on Sand.
It’s Sandy on the beach. ūüôā
Image of Sally Quilt at Beach
Sally
Image of Fiona Quilt at Beach
Fiona

It’s hard to spot another quilter at the beach, so when I met a gal on the walkway with a MSQS shirt, I had to speak to her – turns out she’s from Missouri, too and had just bought fabric from the pharmacy (now A & E Fabrics) to make some #usebothsides quilts! See my blog about her guild HERE: Inspired Quilters Inspire

Image of Karla and Cheryl, quilters at the beach.
Cheryl helped me take evening pics. Quilters are so nice!
Image of Bubbles on deck.
Bubbles

You might wonder how those quilts just seemed to hover in the air above the beach…You can see in this blooper: thanks to his quick reaction, my hubby saved Bubbles from a big one! I thought he hid quite well on that little beach chair behind the one-yard square quilts!

Image of blooper photo.

Patterns for each of these quilts (and about 24 more) are available HERE: my Etsy shop: Creative Bee Studios

Pensacola Dreamin’…Quilt

Check out my Pensacola Beach quilt:

Salty air…

Warm sun on my face…

Featherweight in the condo…

On this¬†chilly day, I’m California Dream…–scratch that–

Penscola Dreamin’!

(Do you hear the music, too? –all the leaves are brown…)

Pensacola Dreamin’

So on another chilly spring day, I am working in my cold house, longing for some summer fun.  Pensacola,

Vintage at the Beach

Florida.¬†¬†Where we’ve lived–TWICE–and love to be.

As you can see in Vintage at the Beach (window pattern by Sue Pritt), I’ve added the icons of Pensacola to my quilt–the beach ball water tower and the¬†awesome Blue Angels! Pensacola is home to the blues and

The Pensacola Beach Ball and the home of the Blue Angels

there’s nothing more fun than watching their beach air show!

My hubby is a former F/A-18 fighter pilot, so the blues hold a special place in our hearts!

And, yes, I take my Singer Featherweight when we go to the beach! It always surprises me that that surprises people because it IS vacation…and the perfect time to do what you love!

Water Colours

There’s also something wonderful about photographing quilts around water and sand.

Seaside Dreamin

It makes them sparkle–

Or maybe it just makes me happy!

Photo by Randy Hamilton of Hamilton Images

I hope some of my dreaming today helps you get warmed up and doing something you love to do!

Seaside Dreamin

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Am I the only quilter on this island?

Read about this lonely quilter on a deserted island…

Tropical Trip

I really AM on an island.

Okay, it’s a¬†BIG island, filled with people and stores, condos and restaurants–but I might as well be stranded!

I turned binding on a quilt at the poolside all afternoon and not a single person looked my way or even pretended to show interest in the quilt I was working on.  I mean, really!

This¬†IS a civilized community…or wait, doesn’t everyone bring their quilts on vacation?

Well…I do! The featherweight, hand-stitching, pre-cuts and at least one or two extra projects for the trip here and home again get packed along with a few clothes.

You never know–it could rain all week! Always be prepared (I was a scout).

Besides, I can get a LOT accomplished in my little cubby (under¬†the bunk bed down the hall) while my family tools around the condo¬†getting tanning lotion on, watching TV,¬†or just plain¬†putzing around¬†’til it’s time to hit the beach. I also LOVE to take pictures of the quilts I’ve finished during the year at the beach and poolside–the colors pop in the early morning light¬†and there is just something about quilts¬†with water and sand¬†that make them sing!

So packing light for vacation doesn’t apply to All Things Quilting–not on my island, anyway!

Check out my Vintage at the Beach quilt in Pensacola Dreamin.

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