Back in the spring (yes, *months* ago), Kristen of Hey Paul Studios stitched up a simple muslin quilt block for me, which says “taste the salt air” (inspired by the fact that I really miss the taste of the ocean air … and, yes, it is salty). I’ve had it hanging on my quilt wall ever since, because I couldn’t decide what to do with it. In retrospect, I think I was over thinking it. It’s beautifully done, so I was tempted to find something amazing to do with it. But, it’s a simple piece and I’m a simple gal, so what I really needed was a simple idea.
I sat down and made a few random sketches of ideas ranging from far too complicated for my skill level to just plain boring. In the end, I settled on something in between. The base of it will just be a simple quilt of medium sized squares (about 4-5 inches) with just a few colours.
I struggled with colour choices. I knew that I wanted to have ocean colours and at least one of them had to match the muslin (so that the stitched block wouldn’t look out of place), but my version of ocean colours is different from the stereotypical ocean teals and tans. The beach I spent my summers on had deep blue water and orangy coloured sandbars.
I love the darker blues (a result of more nutrient rich waters), but I’m not a big fan of the orange-brown sand colours. After struggling with colour options for a while, I abandoned my swatches and browsed my RSS feeds. Coincidentally, Design Seeds happened to post this lovely colour scheme.
Despite the fact that we’re back to the tropical teals and tans, I love this collection. In an ideal world, I would be able to find these exact colours. But, I just couldn’t find colours close enough. I did. however, stumble upon a perfect colour scheme while trying to find something similar. It’s a bit more on the blue side, which makes me happy, and includes a nice deep brown, which I love. The colours I ended up picking are: Bone (to match the muslin), Stone, Coffee, Teal, Dusty Blue, and Sky.
I could also be uber organized and sort the colours to represent the ocean and the beach.
I even considered doing “blobs” of the blues surrounded by the browns, but decided that it wouldn’t work for this quilt. In the end, I settled on something a little random and a little more interesting then simple blocks.For some reason (maybe the inclusion of rectangles), this reminds me of shingles and our family cottage has a room with shingles.
It looks a little weird in the quick sketch I did, but I think it will look really great when I put it together. I’ll include the stitched block somewhere near the bottom right hand corner and do simple quilting (I may even go hog wild and do hand stitched quilting, but I’m not making any promises because that sounds like a lot of work). In the end, I hope to just have something smallish (not a mini quilt, but maybe not as big as a lap quilt), depending on my mood. If it’s small enough, I will hang it. Otherwise, it will be a welcome addition to my sofa.