Monday, April 16, 2012

Going Coastal Quilt Complete

Scrappy Triangles
When I saw Emily Herrick's Going Coastal fabric line, I knew I had to make a quilt out of it for my dad, who is obsessed with beaches, Lake Michigan, and all things nautical. And when I saw the Scrappy Triangles tutorial from Ashley of Film In the Fridge, I knew I had to make it out of Going Coastal. And so this quilt was born!

Truth be told, I had this stack of fabric for a long time before I was able to get to this project. I wanted to make it as a Christmas gift, but sadly I just didn't have time around the holidays. So when my dad offered to drop everything and drive four hours to babysit the girls for several days while the hubs and I went to Arizona, I knew this quilt's time had come! It would make the perfect thank-you gift.

Scrappy Triangles
The scrappy triangle blocks came together quickly and easily thanks to Ashley's tutorial. And there are absolutely no seams to match up, making this a fun, low-stress project—gotta have one of those every once in a while! This is a relatively small block (6.5" by 9" after trimming), and I needed 84 of them to get the size I wanted, so I strip-pieced them. I sewed together strip sets that were about 12.5" long, allowing me to cut three triangles from each set—two triangles facing one direction and one triangle facing the other direction. I really churned these out using that method!

Scrappy Triangles
I added a few stash prints to my triangles, to round out the Going Coastal prints. You can spot a few Multi Pez prints in there, and I added some red stash prints as well—I wanted a lot of red, to keep the nautical theme going. The background is Free Spirit Solid Arctic White, and I did a scrappy binding using mostly GC scraps. I don't often do scrappy bindings, but this quilt seemed to call for one.

Scrappy Triangles
For the back, I used my favorite Going Coastal prints: The bottle caps and the madras plaid. I'm not usually that big on novelty prints, but you have to love these, right? Every once in a while, there's a fabric collection that really transports me to a particular time and/or place, and Going Coastal is one of those collections. Some of these prints may not be the most versatile stash prints, but every time I look at this line, I can practically smell the salt air. I love it when fabric design can do something like that.

So, I'm totally picturing this quilt spread out on a sandy beach, with a frosty bucket of Coronas sweating nearby. Hopefully it will get to do that someday. : ) I know they are planning to take it to their sailboat this summer, which is kinda perfect too. Enjoy, Dad!

53 comments:

  1. Love this quilt! The triangular shapes remind me of sails, and the quilting almost looks like pebbles on the beach, or gentle waves! Your Dad will love and cherish this, I'm sure!

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  2. Ack! Its friggin awesome Lee!! And I love that you made it for your Dad too. I think my Dad needs a quilt... He might be the only one in my family that I haven't made one for yet, oops!

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  3. Your quilt is gorgeous! You chose the perfect pattern for the fabric line. Love it!

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  4. So awesome! When I saw this line I HAD to buy it to make a quilt for my dad too! My hubby saw it and wants one for him now (-: BEAUTIFUL job. I love that pattern. I may have to change my plans. Funny thing, I went to a guild meeting and Emily was there. I got all star struck and had to use some real constraint to keep from totally geeking out :)

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  5. Fabulous! This is so perfect! Might have to add this one to the ever growing list :-)

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  6. I love it! (Them's a lot of blocks!) That line is so great - reminds me of crabbing in Maryland. Those bottle caps are my favorite. Hope your dad gets years of enjoyment out of it!

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  7. Beautifully done, Lee! I am sure your dad loves it. Save a sweaty Corona for me!

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  8. Looks fabulous. I love the fabric line and made a quilt recently from it too.

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  9. The angles are so steep very nice Lee!! : ) Ahh so freshly pieced. : )

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  10. Wonderful, and love the back story!

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  11. What a gorgeous quilt. I'm guessing your dad loves it? Was it a surprise or did he know you had been planning to make a quilt for him?

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  12. This is a lovely quilt! Your dad will LOVE it, I am sure!

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  13. It looks great!! I like this line a lot too, it is great for guy quilts. And what a sweet dad you have! :)

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  14. I love it!!!! What a sweet thank you gift for your dad!! And the fabric is perfect!! I'll have to try to make a scrappy triangle block someday :)

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  15. I love the quilt! The pattern and the fabric work great together! Your dad sounds like a really great dad and I'm sure he'll love it!

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  16. I love it! Going Coastal was one of my favorite lines this past year too. Sadly I only got enough to make a bag out of it. But this is fantastic and I"m sure your dad is going to love it. Sounds like he's a great guy coming out to babysit for you!!

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  17. I love all your stuff!! And this quilt is gorgeous. Ah, one day, that I will as pretty as you.... :)

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  18. Very nice! You and your dad are lucky to have each other! As a mom who has never lived near any family, I know just how valuable that week-end was. Love that fabric line too!

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  19. this is beautiful and your dad will treasure it!

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  20. So beautiful! I'm sure your Dad loves it! What a nice way to thank him for babysitting!

    I'm dying to work with my Going Coastal fabrics, but I can't until I'm finished some of my WIPs. For now, I'll just have to enjoy the pictures of your quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  21. Love this quilt!!! Perfect for a man, too :o) I still haven't cut into my Going Coastal FQs...need to do that soon for summer!

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  22. Oh wow! This is a real stunner! Love everything about it.

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  23. Perfect pattern for going coastal, it looks like rows of boat flags! I'm sure he loved it :o)

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  24. This is the second time I have seen Going Coastal this week and I ADORE it! I love that pattern!!! So perfect for a boy!

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    1. And I did not mean to say that your dad was a "Boy"...just have a particular boy in my family that I am thinking of!!!

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  25. It turned out lovely. It's really nice how the triangles bring out the nautical theme. I'm sure your dad will love it to tatters.

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  26. This is such a great quilt! He'll love it! What a great gift :)

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  27. Oh that will be just perfect to take along on a sailboat, such a great thank you gift, great finish Lee!

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  28. So great! Good job, Lee! I bet your Dad loved it. :)

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  29. GASP!!!! I lurve this quilt!!!!!! I bet your dad is so happy with it!

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  30. Wow the quilt looks great! I love the scrappy triangles, what a great present for you Dad! =D

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  31. Lee! Your quilt is fabulous!! What a perfect fabric line to pair with the triangles - it's so fun to see my block made up into such a gorgeous quilt! I have no doubt that this is one your dad will treasure forever.

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  32. This quilt is awesome. The design is so perfect for that fabric.

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  33. This is beautiful! A wonderful interpretation of a wonderful design!

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  34. oh baby baby! i totally love this! i want one...

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  35. Great job! Very inspiring--makes me want to get strip piecing. Love it!

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  36. This quilt is beautiful Lee....it is just so darn fresh

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  37. Hooray! This is a fantastic quilt. Your dad must love it! And strip piecing those triangles--very clever.

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  38. This looks great! You dad is going to love this!

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  39. Love it, Love it, LOVE IT!
    Seriously, I love that quilt! Nicely done!

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  40. This is fantastic. I love everything about this quilt!

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  41. Love the triangle quilt I have been thinking about making one they look so fun.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http://blog.beccacooks.com

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  42. Love, love, love it! What a great "thank you" for your Dad :)

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  43. Wow, this is so gorgeous, Lee!! Love, love, love the colors, and the triangles are the perfect complement to Emily's awesome fabric. Your dad is going to have himself some awesome picnics with this quilt!

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  44. Great fabrics for this quilt! I used this tutorial as well, and wish I had thought to make large strip pieces and then cut the triangles!

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  45. it's amazing. :)
    Such a great gift! (and I agree -- keep the grandparents who watch the kiddos happy!)

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  46. That is so pretty, Lee! I love the pattern that the white space makes. :)

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  47. Guess I'd better get my Going Coastal out of the closet and into a quilt. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Elizabeth E.
    opquilt.com

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  48. Fantastic!!! Thanks for linking to the pattern, too.

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