October 24, 2015

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea ....

This song was in my head recently, so I had to create a pattern.

By the Sea quilt block © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
By the Sea quilt block
The last gasp of beautiful weather is upon many of us, as autumn tries to hold off from the first flakes of snow. So, I thought this would be a good time to have you reflect on those hot summer days ... By the Sea. I chose colours for this quilt block with blue skies, sand, surf and sunset in mind. This block is a perfect choice for a beginner quilter as it uses only the simplest of shapes in quiltmaking - the square and half square triangle.

Download the free quilt block pattern.

Thoughts of summer and seas

  • For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
    ~ Aristotle

  • Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
    ~ John Lubbock

  • The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
    ~ Jacques Cousteau

  • All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full.
    ~ King Solomon

  • I once sang "Summer Nights" from Grease at a bar in Melbourne with John Travolta, who's a good friend of mine. He looked cool singing the part of Danny - sitting in an armchair, smoking a cigar - while I got stuck playing Sandy.
    ~ Hugh Jackman

'By the Sea' quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com

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