Beachy Retro Table Topper


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Sun and sand; white fluffy clouds in a blue sky; turquoise seas; sand dollars and red crabs….it all takes me back to my roots in New England where I spent many a summer soaking up the sun and breathing in the salt air along the coast.

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Camille Roskelley’s newest book, Simply Retro, gave me the pattern…but I put my own spin on this sweet retro quilt. I made it quite a bit smaller than the quilt in the book…36″ X 36″ to be exact which is perfect as a table topper out on the porch, or hung on a bare piece of wall to add a spark of color.

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I used Kona White and Azure for all the blocks but one.

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Robert Kaufman’s Don’t Be Crabby fabric came to me via a terrific group on Threadbias from my friend Mary who lives in Maine. I thought it was the perfect pop of summery color for this quilt with its tiny crabs waving their big claws in the air.

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For the backing, I found a big cut of fabric I bought on sale. It reminded me of sand dollars, and because I didn’t have quite enough of it, I pieced together a strip of azure and white with a fussy cut square of the crabs to run down the center.

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I hemmed and hawed about the binding – but finally decided on a pale, low volume blue and white print.

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The quilting on this quilt consists of some varying width diagonal straight lines and some echoing stitches around the little squares to help the pattern pop a bit.

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The beaches I grew up on are 3000 miles to my east, but here in the mountains of Northern California the sun, sand and water are only a glimpse away!

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*Do you want to quilt along with Camille’s new book? Visit the Flickr group and Jana’s blog to learn more!


5 thoughts on “Beachy Retro Table Topper”

  1. Hi Wendy! Your quilt is stunning! I first saw it at Flickr! The texture of this quilt is great, it seems very comfy :-) It’s so nice you have incorporated a fabric that came from a friend on the red block. I’ll feature your quilt next week on my blog if you don’t mind. Have a fun weekend!

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