Making a beach art quilt

As the fall arrives and summer winds down, I find myself thinking about images that relax me.  I just finished this art quilt in early September.  It transports me back to quiet afternoons at Long Beach Island in NJ with my family or visits to the Outer Banks in NC.  Beaches are universal.  

After creating art quilts for many years, I have collected more fabric than I ever thought possible.  I have several bins of just these colors for beach quilts!  Big bins!!  The colors of water and sky explore many different blues.  The colors of the sky do the same.  It is so much fun to experiment with different combinations and different perspectives.

This year I have made quite a few very large quilts, the size you need over a fireplace or Queen/King bed.  With this quilt I went with a more normal wall art size of 24″H x 25.5″W.  My design and piecing is all curved piecing (see previous blog posts for how to do curved piecing).  The layering of color and design of the different fabrics gives depth and texture to these otherwise two dimensional art quilts.

As you can tell from the number on this quilt, this is my 20th ocean/dunes quilt.  Usually I quilt this design with a lazy free motion wavy line over most if not all of the quilt.  This time I decided to use different free motion designs in the foreground beach/sand part of the quilt.  I also used a different free motion design for the sky.  You can see these different stitches in the second photo in this blog post.

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