Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: S A N D

Richard and I spent the last four days camping with some of my sisters and our children and grandchildren. It's become an annual thing (read about the 2015 trip here) so that we get to catch up with the nieces and nephews that we rarely get to see anymore. 

Indian Creek Recreation Area | Woodworth, LA
Town of Woodworth photo

Everyone is living their own lives in different parts of the state and, yes, even the country. Jobs and children's activities make traveling difficult. 

Alexander State Forest | Woodworth, LA

And let's be honest, now that our parents are deceased, we aren't making any big efforts. People make an effort to visit parents, especially elderly or sickly ones, so it was much easier to run into each other. 

This weekend, however, we made a big effort. I say big because camping in this Louisiana heat is something of a chore. Thankfully, one family had a boat, so the children could go boating, tubing, and swimming.  There are always fans and air conditioners to retreat to when the sweltering heat is just too much.  Let's not forget the iced tea!

We share campers and take turns cooking, so that means everyone gets a share of the mess and the extra heat that cooking brings. We ate well: roast pork, fried chicken, boudin, dressing, salads, breads, cookies, pies, even spaghetti. (Richard and I made spaghetti for about 40 people--the problem: only 18 were there for lunch!)

We have now returned home, cleaned up the camper, returned all the pots and pans, the clothing, and the many other odds and ends to their respective places, and taken cool showers. As mom used to say, "Ahhh."

Though I did not go swimming or boating, I swept away great piles of sand. So I thought I'd let that sand be inspiration for today's post.

Frame of Mind Quilt Pattern from Annie's Craft Store. Order here: Beautiful neutral quilt with ecru crochet edging. I love the neutrals, but I would love to see more intricate quilting on it.:

Fresh Vanilla  Stylish neutral fabrics set a classy tone for this quilt made from only stripes and rectangles.:

A Day at the Beach #quilt with pyramid patchwork:

The Secret Life of Mrs. Meatloaf: Gallery of Customer Quilts NOTE:  I love the way the "Irish Chain" comes out into the border.....a beautiful way to highlight sampler blocks!!!:

The piecing in Modern Wave gives the illusion of a wave pattern by a varying lengths of squares and rectangles in a rich, neutral color palette.: I do so love a neutral color palette...:

Custom order for JESSIE by SWDesignsBaby on Etsy:

By the Sea  I salute the maker of this quilt!  And I am SO going to copy the idea!!: I enjoy the plainer, muted two-color "American Stars" quilt from Piece 'N Quilt's Modern One-Block Quilt book. Pattern (and book) can be purchased here:

Flip flop quilt made by an unknown quilter with an obviously good eye for color. I don't know who made this, but I know exactly where to get the pattern . . . from us! Woo Hoo!

Everyday at the Beach is Different # 5.  A small fiber art quilt by Eileen Williams:

Quilt 100: This, that and everything inbetween: Latest:

Starfish Quilt. Check out this site and the amazing sea inspired quilts. Wish I could ask my mom to make me one!:

Life's a Beach Pattern - The Virginia Quilter:

Happy Quilting,


Beatrice said...

Hello, thank you for the "sand" inspiration. I just thought I could point out that the vertical landscape with the awesome quilting is "Summer and Winter island strips with oystercatchers" by Sheena Norquay, a British quilter/artist.

Sandra Walker said...

Sounds like you guys had a terrific albeit hot, time! That is so true about extended families tending to drift apart when the parents die, sniff. Thanks for all the inspirational sun sea and sand pics! Think I pinned at least 4 or 5!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thanks, Beatrice, I appreciate your giving credit to the artist for that quilt. Generally I make note of a Pinterest page where the photos can be found so that others can find the link.
Sandra, it is heart-breaking but we must move on with life and that often means drifting apart. We are eight sisters, many of whom live out-of-state, so it is difficult. Aren't these quilts stunning? Thanks for pinning!