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.


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.


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.


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!


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

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    • Jana on July 5, 2013 at 23:17

    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!

  1. I love it – the little red corner adds so much pizzaz!

    • Ti on July 7, 2013 at 16:28

    This quilt is absolutely adorable! I love, love, love the colors! I wish I could sew.

    • Elaine on July 9, 2013 at 06:49

    Looks great, love the crabs. I should have put my block in the corner….

    • Serena on July 10, 2013 at 09:00

    This is gorgeous and I love the one red square amongst the aqua blue.

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