Monday, September 24, 2018

My Happy Place - the Beach

Welcome to my stop in the "My Happy Place" Row-along. Northcott has been so generous for several years to provide an incredible selection of fabrics. This year it included this collection:
Shore Thing.  I chose 4 fabrics from the collection and have put them together as a kit available from my website (**A NEW DEVELOPMENT SINCE LAST YEAR !! ** details below).

I grew up on the Monterey Bay in California and these fabrics made it super easy to replicate a scene I would often see.

This was taken on a cool April morning on my childhood beach:

















my row -- My Happy Place -- The Beach:


I couldn't believe how beautiful these 3 fabrics blended together when fussy cut. The bird has been fussy cut from the 4th fabric and placed to mimic my photo above.

I was not able to get an entire bolt of the 'wave' fabric, but I secured a limited supply and have put kits together for you to purchase if you wish to create this row with these beautiful fabrics. The other fabrics have yardage available from my shop. I hope you'll consider what is there and know that total orders of $75 or more get free shipping.



This month we had a memorial service for my father in Arizona and on the way home I got to stop at my childhood beach. As I approached the top of the bluff to look down, I was amazed at the huge flock of seagulls and pelicans that seemed to be having their own service right there!






on a sunnier morning looking northwest towards Santa Cruz:


Sea Bubbles (pattern available)

 At another beach -- Hawaii! Yes, the beach is my happy place!

Check out your local Country Register to read more about my adventures, inspirations and quilts.

This row is super simple to put together and with the events in my life this year, it needed to be and this fabric was just perfect to make it happen. I hope you'll enjoy the simplicity and stunning results!

Consider the fussy cuts like this:

STRIPE - need two different cuts, so the kits are cut with 12" x 31.75" on the length of fabric; if purchasing separately, get at least 7/8 yd.
Lower cut goes from blue to sand.
Upper cut goes from waves to sky.
Check decision of both cuts BEFORE CUTTING! Make sure you can get both without running into each other --that's why the kits are cut with 12" vertical so that you can be choosy.

WAVES --kits are cut at 6" intervals--the repeat of the fabric -- I went with the lightest waves to be at the 'bottom' of the cut of fabric and let it blend into the sand a bit easier. If purchasing yardage, I'd get at least 1/3 yd so that you can get the wave colors you desire in the appropriate placement since you can never be sure where it is cut off the bolt.

SAND (fussy cut on fabric not critical to design) kit has 12"-- a generous amount included for sashing between other rows or backing--think pillow!

BIRD (choose your favorite one or more) -- kit has a Fat Quarter.

Perhaps this will be the inspiration you need for an entire quilt. Additional coordinating fabrics with yardage available at www.kissedquilts.com are:


and
Northcott - Toscana
 
46 - Prussian                  64 - Sea Glass

  
110 - Porcelain                  340 - Raffia

360 - Espresso

I do stock the entire Toscana Line



Today's designs are available at
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Please review the guidelines at the bottom of this linked page.

This looks amazing!


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Thank you so much for stopping by during this RAL. I look forward to hearing from you if you choose to make it into something significant to you.



69 comments:

  1. Here we go! Thanks for stopping by! Missing my beach right now ;-)

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  2. Wow, beautiful block. Those fabrics are amazing ��

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  3. Gorgeous row! Really captures the beach.

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  4. Thank you very much for the beach row along pattern you shared with us. Makes me look forward to our summer holiday in December.
    Ronelle

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  5. Gorgeous row! It definitely transports anyone who looks at it right to the shore!

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  6. So peaceful...thank you for sharing! Beautiful...

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  7. I love your Happy Place. It looks so inviting. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Such a peaceful, relaxing happy place. Would love to be there, too.

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  9. That's a really creative way to use the fabric for a row! Thank you!

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  10. Great row! I especially love the sea gull! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Love this block. So appropriate for us here in Florida. Thank you

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  12. I love your block! We go to Ocean City, MD. Thank you!

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  13. The beach is my happy place as well! I grew up on the coast of North Carolina and loved walking along the beach watching the surf and seagulls. I currently live in California, not far from the beach!

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  14. When I saw the row, I first thought it was a photograph. Northcott has great fabrics. Thank you for the beautiful row.

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  15. The fabrics you chose are so realistic, at first I thought it was a photograph! Just beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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  16. This is such a true-to-life row, beautiful! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  17. Beautiful. Those fabrics make it look so realistic. Thank you for the pattern.

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  18. Love the beach, only 32 days until we move to our beach house!

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  19. Northcott Fabrics are the best! What a wonderful row - thanks for participating!
    basaran.family (at) rogers.com

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  20. Your row looks so real! Just beautiful!

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  21. Such a lovely row, and it looks simple and easy to put together, a hit when you need a quick gift. As always, my sincerest appreciation and thank you to you Marlene for coming along on the ride with me for these last four years. I can't imagine a row along without you in it. Here's hoping you'll find time for #5. Hugs!!!

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  22. Love it - the fabrics really make this row!

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  23. Definitely the perfect fabrics for your row. I miss the beach, but love my mountains!

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  24. Thank you, your row looks so calming :-)

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  25. Wow, your row is really fabulous! A wonderful replica of your beach photo!

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  26. Your block looks like the photo! I can feel the spray from the ocean.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Wonderful row. The fabrics blend so wonderfully too! Thanks for taking the time to create and share! Much appreciated.

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  28. Great row, love your choice of fabrics. I love the beach too! Wish I could be there more often.

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  29. So sorry for the loss of your dad. Thank you for sharing your happiest place with us.

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  30. I love the beach too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful row. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  31. Thanks so much for "The Beach". It has been so long that I have been and there is not better place to relax.
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

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  32. I think the beach is almost everyone's happy place!

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  33. I love beaches! Anywhere is fine with me. As long as it's warm!

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  34. Love the seagull on your beach! Amazing job of matching your row to your photograph.

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  35. This is a gorgeous beach row with those fabrics. I love how you put them together and fussy cut the bird. Wow! Thanks for sharing this amazing row!

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  36. My favorite scene is the beach. Very pretty. Thank you

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  37. The beach is definitely my happy place. I can't wait to do this row

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  38. I love the ocean beach too! Have never been to Hawaii, but do enjoy the beaches on the pacific northwest. Thanks for sharing your row.

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  39. Thanks for your part in the Row-Along. Don't know why, but I had a terrible time just finding the pattern!! Guess I'm not ever going to be a blogger! :-) In any case, I LOVE your pattern! It's absolutely gorgeous! Thanks!!

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  40. Your Row looks like a photo!! BEAUTIFUL!!! My Daughter lives in NC...gets to see the Beaches often..I was there once..and got to see the Ocean for my very first time...No words can explain! I understand why the beach is your Happy Place for sure. :)

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  41. I do love the beach. Lovely row design.

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  42. You just can't beat a could beach theme. Wish we could get that salt air and sounds of crashing waves in as well. So sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose a parent.

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  43. This is a great beach scene; your choice of fabrics makes it come alive. Thank you.

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  44. Love, love, love your row. The beach is my happy place too

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  45. Lovely block with great fabric. Thank you.

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  46. That is such a perfect choice of fabrics for the beach scene. Thank you for the block.

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  47. Lovely row! Great fabrics! Thanks for sharing

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  48. Beautiful row! I love the beach, too.

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  49. That's a beautiful line of fabric, and a lovely way to use it. Thank you for sharing the row with us.

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  50. Love your beach inspiration for a quilt row. My California granddaughter would like that idea.

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  51. Beautiful row! I also love the beach. Daytona Beach in particular and can't wait to go again. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. The beach is my happy place, too.

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  53. I, too, love the beach, having grown up in Michigan. One of my favorite beaches is at Higgins Lake, the North Shore campground. My family used to rent a camper to go camp there for a week, and we took our kids when they were young. Now my grandkids get to go there with their parents. There's nothing like a beautiful, clean beach for enjoying a day, any time of year!

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  54. Awesome row! So very pretty! Have a fun day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  55. I love the beach its my favorite place. I just told my husband that I wanted to go back to Assateague Island (4 times already this year) to go camping and drive the jeep down the beach. Assateague Island has wild horses and its just a wonderful place to be.

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  56. I'm not usually a big fan of the beach but your row could change my mind - it's beautiful. Thank you

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  57. The beach is beautiful but I just love the fussy cut bird in it. It really makes the row!

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  58. What a charmingly simple row! I love it and the beach is also one of my happy places. Thank you for being part of this hop. It's a great way for us to find new to us bloggers or see what favorite bloggers are doing.

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  59. Great row! Santa Cruz, Monterey and Carmel are my old stomping grounds also. I try to take a road trip to the area at least once a year.

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  60. I love the beach a little too much over the years, back when the tanner the better was the rage. This row will remind me of many family vacations..all 34 of us.
    Thank you for the fond memorys and your hard work.

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  61. The beach is one of my happiest places. Your row is lovely.

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  62. A peaceful and relaxing row. Thank you for sharing!

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  63. Just got back from Gulf Shores. Love your design. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  64. What perfect fabrics for your beach row! I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing.

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