Archive for February, 2013

February 2nd, 2013

Florida & the Vintage Sheet Beach Blanket

by Julie Hirt

Last summer we spent a gorgeous week in SW Florida.  I really wanted a nice beach blanket for us to lay our towels and bags on without them getting all sandy. Sorry, but laying towels in the sand just doesn’t work for me! Having just purchased a bunch of vintage sheets I decided to cut some up and and back it with an old cotton matelasse coverlet.  I hand tied it on all the corners of the blocks for a more vintage feel.


Fortunately I caught a few images of beach blanket with our vacation pics.  We used it every day and it was easy to pack up and carry around with two sewn in, wrap around velcro straps.


The house we stayed in had a gorgeous quilt that had an awesome crochet border.  I totally forgot about that!  I’m going to try to figure out how to do it on a baby blanket. I hogged this to myself every evening!  Does anyone know how to add crochet to a blanket?  I remember it did not have a regular binding and was hand quilted. Almost like the crochet edging came out from the layers, although I know it was done after it sewed together. (it wasn’t sandwiched in)


Every morning Paul and I were a lucky, lucky couple and wake up to THIS.  Ahh… I wanna go back. It’s miserably cold here right now.  Beautiful room and pretty sunrises every morning. I actually woke up early to see them (I’m typically a late sleeper) and had my coffee on the beach.

beach house



I’ll leave you with a few more warm memories. I think I need to get busy on planning this years trip and do some wishful thinking!





Oh…. see this right here?  On low tide we planted an umbrella super deep and all day we floated around it!  We stayed in a small town and had the beach to ourselves, so it was nice and quiet. Just what a vacation should be.





February 1st, 2013

Hexy Triangle Quilt

by Julie Hirt

I don’t really know what to call this quilt.  It’s a 60 degree triangle hexagon jelly roll quilt?  I made this from a Salt Air jelly roll by Cosmo Cricket for Moda by sewing 3 strips together.  Then cut out 60 degree equilateral triangles and sewed them into hexagons.  Measures 60″ x 64″.

Started working on it last fall then completely lost interest. My dogs kept trampling through my layout and I was just super frustrated with the whole thing.  Then one glorious day a few weeks ago, my husband put up a design wall for me. WHAT! I was missing out! It’s not very tall because my craft room is in a dormer with angled walls, but jeeze Louise. So much easier than getting into fights with my little pups over floor space. That day I dragged out all of the pieces and blocks I had and got to work.

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I tried something different than a stipple for the quilting. On the border (which is an old navy sheet!) I did some free motion waves.  Then straight line quilted in 2 directions to create a diamond pattern on the back.

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My favorite thing about this quilt is actually the binding.  The only thing I would have done differently is make the white triangles navy, like the border and the back.

Now… I can get back to my Scrappy Trip Around the World!


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