Although we are a business and usually have so many quilts to make for commissions and paid gigs, we started Beach Glass before we had a book contract and for no reason other than we just wanted to make it. Both the colors and the technique were an exploration of sorts for us.
I won’t kid you–it’s a heck of a lot of seams and is not the fastest quilt in the book, but the color combinations in which it can be made are limited only by your imagination. Bill and I are also frugal types so I appreciate the efficiency of being able to use even the smallest of pieces in this quilt.
A word about the quilting. Some people are always surprised when they see a quilting pattern that has nothing to do with the piecing pattern. We love the visual layers created by overlaying the shadow pattern of the quilting with the forms and color of the piecing. Quilting is definitely a personal choice but our hope is that by showing lots of different approaches to quilting that it will give people the nerve to go beyond echo quilting and the basic stipple.
Whether or not you decide to make this quilt, you can have a little piece of it in your home soon. Those industrious folks at C&T have wrapped an image of the Beach Glass kit around a stack of adhesive notes. Pretty fancy, huh? As soon as we get ours in we’ll have a giveaway! We’re really excited about them and hope that they will brighten up that stack of mail on your kitchen counter. Uh, I mean, our stack of mail on the kitchen counter. You’ve probably got yours all sorted…