Salt and Sand (and memories)


The minute I see that Carol over Just Let Me Quilt is hosting a blog hop, I’m in! I just love this lady and her work is beautiful! And the color combo that’s been lighting me up lately has been blue and sand, like this quilt that was my entry for Project Quilting’s Crazy Quilting.

Do you have any bucket list quilts? You know, those quilts you really want to make some day? I’ve loved Ocean Waves quilts for about ever. I remember in about 1981 finding the pattern in a magazine like Women’s Day. This was back in the days when you had a really pretty quilt picture and the instructions were the angles to draft your own templates in about 3 inches of column in the back. No exactly beginner friendly. This was the first time I realized that I probably should have embraced studying geometry…sigh. After looking at a whole bunch of tutorials and patterns, I realized that I needed to go back to the drawing board. After all these years, I really needed to figure out my own math…darn it! I had some adventures with rulers but I’m on my way (well, one block, some graph paper numbers and a whole lot of excitement.) I’m going for queen size with this one so don’t hold your breath!

The week hasn’t gone exactly to plan. My youngest had some surgery (routine) on Friday and then had a second surgery (not as routine) due to some complications on Saturday. So the many hours of spring break quilting morphed into hours of hanging out watching TV and providing popsicles and moral support. (I wouldn’t trade it for being anywhere else, though. This time with my girls is precious to me although I’d prefer it when everyone feels well.)

I did want to contribute to the hop, though, and so I paper-pieced these tiny boats to make a wall-hanging for my downstairs bathroom which is sea-themed. It will finish a little under 8″x12″ and hang near the sink.

And, speaking of beaches, our trip to Australia in 2019 has been popping up in my memories. I’m so grateful I had that amazing trip with my husband before everything fell apart.

Beach photo on Phillip Island taken by a nice random stranger who pretended to drop my camera…lol!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Salty Crew. They are such a talented group…you don’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks, Carol, for putting all of this together!

Happy Quilting,


March 22

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Selina Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

Days Filled With Joy

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Karen’s Korner

Homespun Hannah’s

BlogCrafts and Math

March 23


Life in the Scrapatch

Food for Thought

For The Love Of Geese

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Karrin’s Crazy World

Sew Many Yarns

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

March 24

Ms P Designs

USADayBrook Designs

Vroomans Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Quilt Schmilt

The Darling DogwoodDaughters of Dorinda

Annie’s Musings

March 25



Stitchin At Home

The Joyful Quilter


Freckled Fox Quiltery

Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales

Words & Stitches

March 26

Just Let Me Quilt


Quilting Gail

Samelia’s Mum

Quilt Fabrication

Little Penguin Quilts

Just Sew Quilter


26 responses to “Salt and Sand (and memories)

  1. Both quilts are really cute. I am going to place my Salt & Sand quilt in the bathroom. also.

  2. Wow, you’ve had quite a week! All of your projects look marvelous – love those little sailboats! So glad you got to go to Australia with your honey. What fun memories.

  3. Your sail boats are adorable and I think your WIP will be awesome once finished. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Those sailboats are adorable! It is nice to have good memories during these times.

  5. Great projects! Those sailboats are wonderful.

    • Good luck with your queen sized quilt. I remember when magazines and books were our only inspiration and there wasn’t someone at our fingertips to ask questions to. Much trial and error involved.
      I so adore your little sailboats! That’s a great fabric for the water. I’ve been attracted to mini/small quilts lately and I think sailboats might be my next one. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Hi Beth! Great picture of you and your love. {{Hugs}} It’s really been a big year for you all the way around. Your PP boats are just lovely! That will be the perfect addition to your bathroom. They are nice and cheery. Your Ocean Waves block look great. Who would have guessed that we actually use some of that high school math as quilters?! I enjoyed Geometry except for having to prove proofs. I do have a Hunter’s Star quilt on my bucket list – I keep changing the colors I want to make it in. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Storm at Sea is definitely on my bucket list, but I’m not sure it will ever happen. I love, love, love those sailboats…gorgeous! Spending time with our family is so important and I’m sure was greatly appreciated by your youngest. What an adorable picture of you and your husband on the beach. I’m so glad you have that trip to add to your memories. xo

  8. Adorable sailboats and I love your PQ finish.

  9. Both projects are great for this blog hop. I am amazed at your ability to get that much paper piecing done around the care of your youngest. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I really like the quilt in the first picture you posted – great colours and fabrics. And impressive that you could still get a project in in a week of unexpected and stressful things – hope everyone is doing well. I love the wave fabric you’ve used under the boats :).

  11. I really love your tiny sailboats! The quilt project will be amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Beautiful sailboats! Thanks so much for sharing despite your rough week!

  13. The crazy quilt entry is great! I like where you’re going with the SAS, too, and look forward to seeing more blocks.

  14. Love your quilts!!! beautiful!!!
    The storm at sea will be wonderful!

  15. You have some neat quilts going! I love those little boats and the other one will be beautiful when it’s done! Thanks for sharing.

  16. I’m not a fan of paper piecing, but those boats of yours are SEW tempting!!!

  17. Australia! That’s a great beach. Love your boats but was surprised that the quilt was so tiny. Lots of little pieces; I’m impressed. Keep working on that UFO; a finish is always better than perfect.

  18. I would love to make a storm at sea and like you, I want to make it a big bed quilt. Your little sailboats are so adorbs. That will be such a sweet wall hanging in a sea-inspired bath. Thank you for sharing your pictures. I’m so glad you had that trip and that a wonderful stranger took your picture without dropping the camera.

  19. fun projects!

  20. Good luck on your storm at sea adventure. I love the scraps your using. Scrappy just speaks to my soul. Those paper pieced boats are just adorable. Wishing your daughter the best and hoping that she gets to feeling better soon.

  21. Beth your little sailboats are so cute! I’m impressed you managed anything with the way your week went. It’s so nice to see you and your hubby on that wonderful trip. It is a great photo. Have fun with your Storm at Sea when you can get to it. 😉 Carol

  22. Love your sailboat wallhanging. Great choice of fabric for the sea.

  23. Hope that the health issues are all resolved and that the patient is on the mend. Your storm at sea queen has been started and that is a great thing. You can’t finish what you don’t start. I really love your sail boats and they will look wonderful in your bathroom.

  24. I like your sailboat quilt, especially the fabric you used for the ocean. It’s perfect!

  25. Great projects! Love the sailboat blocks! xx

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