Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Seaside Sewing

Last weekend I took Friday off and enjoyed a three day weekend at the Cape Cod seashore with my darling husband Michael and our good friends Marion and Merwyn. Their daughter has a beautiful house on the ocean and Marion and Merwyn were using it for a week while she was away.
When in doubt, always start a new project!
On Thursday night, as I scrambled to pack after work, I realized that I did not have a quilting project that I wanted to bring with me. I am in love with my scrappy Strip Therapy, but I like to sew my projects on the same machine whenever possible, and I wasn't bringing my heavy duty Bernina with me. I was supposed to start my brother Jeff's birthday quilt (due in October) but I hadn't cut it out and I didn't want to schlep all the fabric with me. No problem! I have plenty of UFOs and kits to choose from.

The beautiful block pictured above is from Kaffe's Blue City Life Quilt, a kit I purchased recently from Hancock Fabrics. I finished 10 blocks last weekend. The pattern is in the book, Pick Up A 6-Pack by Timeless Treasures. The kit pictured in the catalog has a lovely rich blue sashing and the actual kit I received has anemic-looking purple sashing (which for some reason looks fabulous in my photo). Hopefully, I'll love the sashing when my quilt is finished. (Marion talked me out of going to the quilt store and buying all new sashing fabric.) The pattern is quick and easy and I really like the quilt book. There are definitely other wonderful patterns in it to try.
We enjoyed this beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a lovely sea breeze, while we sewed.
Here is one of Marion's projects last weekend.
Marion was also working with Kaffe Fasset prints. The quilt she is making is called Scrappy Rectangles and it is from the book, More Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy by Jo Parrott. This quilt is definitely on my "to-do" list.

While we were busy sewing, the menfolk indulged in their favorite past-times.
Merwyn had some quality computing time along with a nightly cocktail hour.
Mike played his guitar and enjoyed swimming in the ocean.
We had lots of fun going out to dinner. On Friday night we had a delicious seafood dinner. Mike and Marion had lobster (or as we say in Boston, "lobstah").
Here's my husband with one of his favorite libations, Rebel IPA.
Marion and I also went to the Cape Cod quilt show. That will be a whole separate post with lots of photos! Come back soon to see it.

Linking up on Tuesday to Linky Tuesday and Fabric Tuesday. Linking up on Wednesday to Let's Bee Social, WIP Wednesday (at Freshly Pieced) and to WOW: WIPs on Wednesday (at Esther's blog). Linking up on Thursday to Needle and Thread Thursday. Linking up on Friday to Richard and Tanya Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts and Pink Doxies' Pet Project Show. Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,


  1. It looks like a fabulous place to enjoy some time with friends and fabrics.

  2. What a fabulous place to have a 3 day weekend. Can't wait to see your finished quilt.

  3. How nice to get away and be able to stitch!

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful time, great to read your post.

  5. I actually like the sashing you have in that first picture better than the sashing in the picture of the kit. So many pretty purples! I think it will look great once you start putting blocks together.

  6. Looks like you had a great break, it's so good to come back to WIPs all refreshed like that!

  7. Sounds you had a great time with your friends. What a nice place to be!
    I love the fabrics you are working with!! Such a beautiful colors!!

  8. I'm near the Atlantic too - in the UK! Love the Kaffe fabrics, you're going to have a wonderful quilt :)

  9. Love Kaffe! And how nice to be able to get away and sew with a friend. :)