It's been a while since I've posted. After a quick trip to Ohio and a busy week and a half here, I was having trouble finding time to take pictures of my latest project - my tea towel beach quilt. Alas, stop weeping, I have finally documented it.
As I mentioned in my last W.I.P. post, I have been working on my first quilt for a while...for over a year, in a way. When I was in Australia last February I bought an armload of tea towels from a store across the street from the hotel. They were all piled in a huge bin, priced at just a buck or two each, and I loved their nautical stripes and sun-bleached look. I'll also admit that digging them out of a waist high bin was part of their allure, kind of like a ball pit for a fabric-hoarding adult.
I knew when I got them I wanted to make them into something else, but I wasn't sure what or how. So they sat in my closet for a year until I got my current job at the craft center. While watching a quilting class I was inspired to try my hand at it. I decided that I would make a beach quilt after several lunch trips to the very close beach ended in sitting on plastic bags so that I didn't get sand down my pants. And what better project for my sun bleached nautical tea towels?
After a lot of cutting, pinning, and sewing, I'm finally done. I added an orange sea fan print backing and a spring green and blue polka dot binding. The front and back of the quilt have very different looks, but I think somehow it all works together. I hand sewed a red kangaroo on one of the patches to commemorate the fabric's origin.