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Vote Now: Beach & Seashore Quilts


It’s voting time for this week’s Beach & Seashore quilt contest. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a pencil to make note of your faves. You can vote for TWO favourites this weekend.

Our sponsor this week is Vicki Welsh who creates gorgeous hand dyed fabrics. She’s giving away 1.5 yards of gradient fabric, a Fat Goddess Pressing Sheet and a 5-yard package of Black Mistyfuse.


Special savings for everyone: All Quilting Gallery readers can take advantage of a special discount code just for you. Use Coupon Code QGY15 in Vicki’s shop for 15% off your order. Start shopping, and saving, here!

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday – Monday, August 6th at 8 a.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt (from home if you send it to coworkers)
  • Winner announced Monday afternoon/evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos and stories below… there are several, so you’ll need to scroll down to see them all. You can also click the link to the slider version to review the quilts in the large format and then return to this page to vote.
  • Underneath the photos, scroll down, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button** beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. You can select up to TWO favourites this week.
  • Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the names of the quilts. Press the vote button.

** Note: If you don’t see the square buttons to vote, but instead see the voting results, that means someone on your IP Address already voted, or that the voting period has ended, or that you need to refresh the page to see the voting options. Shared IP Addresses are very common in home or work networks.

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 20
  • Total countries: 8
  • Total provinces: 1
  • Total states: 9

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

Bare Threads Beach Bare Threads Beach
By: Shirley Wooten,
Florida, USA

Created for the 2004 Jacksonville Quiltfest Challenge. An original design with my own Sun Painted fabrics. The dolls are 3D as well as the tiny quilt, magazines and totes and sandals. Techniques include stamping, piecing, applique, fuzed items, yarns and other embelishments.

Quilt size: width: 49" height: 30"

Beach Baby Beach Baby
By: Donna Mc,
Georgia, USA
Blog: Sew Blessed

A co-worker was decorating their nursery with a beach theme for their little baby boy. All kinds of cute things – surf boards on the walls and a painted tiki hut, and other cute stuff. I designed this quilt around it. The little critters were my favorite, and my son drew the crab.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 45"

Beach Bag Beach Bag
By: Rosemary Hillman,
United Kingdom

I’d had this lovely fabric sitting in my stash just waiting for a project. I’ve made two versions of this now and am waiting to see how my students versions have turned out.

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 16"

beach umbrellas beach umbrellas
By: Suzy Sparrowe,
United Kingdom
Blog: quiltedhappiness

I made this lap quilt a couple of months ago and am utterly proud of it. The moment I placed the pieced umbrellas onto the beach footstep fabric, it totally came to life! The border fabric is one of my favourite fabrics and luckily I still have lots of it left!

Quilt size: width: 47" height: 33"

City Lights City Lights
By: Victoria Plesa,
California, USA

Only two fabrics makeup this landscape. The city lights are clear Swarovski crystals that add movement and realism to the cityscape. No matter what time of night, when flying over an urban area, people go on with the daily grind of life. The only evidence they exist from above being the City Lights.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 21"

Coffs Coast Coffs Coast
By: Lyn Crump,
Blog: Busy Quilting

Made during the “Be Creative By The Sea” retreat at Coffs Harbour, in a class with Sue Dennis. Uses Shiva sticks Angelina Fibres, Free Motion quilting on Solvy. The shells were from the sand picked up during my morning walks along the beach.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 9.5"

Fun in the Sun Fun in the Sun
By: Ruth Robinson,
New York, USA

I belong to a small quilting group and one of the girls brought each of us back a piece of fabric from her vacation in Florida. She challenged us to make something quilted from it. I won 2nd place in the voting at our quilt retreat.

Quilt size: width: 17" height: 17.5"

By: ffrench,
New Zealand

I made this quilt to put in the bedroom I have for my grandchildren to stay.They love it always trying to find the seahorses submarine octupus etc.I have eight grandchildren so they all have to take turns but I love it that they are still all the ages they “love to come to Nana and poppys House!

Quilt size: width: 84" height: 67"

Hawaiian Eye Candy Hawaiian Eye Candy
By: Beach/Underwater Quilt,
Utah, USA
Blog: Ruthie quilts! And quilts…

I made this little quilt in October 2009 for the 6-12 inch trading swap (now the MQTS) on flickr for the “Hawaiian Inspired” swap. I had to make one for myself! I added flowers from a floral lei, and embellished it with shell buttons, beads, and crystals! I finished it with eyelash yarn seaweed.

Quilt size: width: 8.5" height: 11"

lighthouse in maine lighthouse in maine
By: landscapelady,
Vermont, USA
Blog: landscapelady`

I dream of living on the coast of maine and would love to have a view of this lighhouse on a rocky knoll surrounded by flying gulls, lobster (on the top, must be he wanted to fly :0 ) the pelican is sitting at the bottom waiting to catch a fish and this is all happening during a dreamy sunset.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 14"

Living Near the Ocean Living Near the Ocean
By: Judy Bowers,
Washington, USA
Blog: Golden DogQuilting

I made this quilt the first month we moved near the ocean. It contains real shells and starfish as well as some made out of fabric and hand-embroidered. I painted on my footprints, and added pearl paint to the beach. The crabs have beaded eyes and it is machine quilted. It is edged with gold trim.

Quilt size: width: 14″" height: 16″"

Mirando al mar-lookingat the sea Mirando al mar-lookingat the sea
By: ana-ane,
Blog: ana-ane puntasdas con gusto no….pican

Este pequeño trabajo fue mi primer contacto con el paisaje,
quiero representar en el una preciosa playa de las Islas Canarias en España. Está acolchado a máquina

This small work was my first contact with the landscape, I want to represent in a precious beach of the Canary Isles in Spain.

Quilt size: width: 11,5" height: 15,5"

One last visit One last visit
By: Debbie Clarke,
South Carolina, USA
Blog: Stitchin’ Therapy

I created a journal quilt after one last visit to Daytona Beach. A small shell picked up on the beach inspired the thread painting. I love the soft colors. The curved edge reminds me of the waves. I attached the shell on the upper right.

Quilt size: width: 11" height: 12"

Sailing Sailing
By: Turid Bakken,
Blog: Den syende himmel

Made for a sailer. Paper pieced and mashine quilted.

Quilt size: width: 64" height: 84"

Sally Sally
By: Daisy Fredericks,
Louisiana, USA
Blog: Lazy Daisy Quilts

I use a lot of leftover batiks in my art quilting, and I do a lot of thread painting/quilting. It’s hard to name a seahorse.. so I called her Sally.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 20"

Sandpipers at the Shore Sandpipers at the Shore
By: Shari,
Blog: Mumsyblossom’s World

Small quilt sent as a gift in a Christmas Swap

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 16"

Semaphore The View Semaphore The View
By: Quilting Gammy,

This was made from a drawing by my 7 yo granddaughter. Each part of the design uses a different quilting method, crazy patch, bargello, foundation paper, strip piecing. and applique. It is the view from my house, named in memory of my M In L who always said “The View Makes up for it all”

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 70"

Sunbonnet Sue's Retirement Dream Sunbonnet Sue’s Retirement Dream
By: Kaaren Biggs,
Ontario, Canada

Made for a “Dreams” guild challenge, this shows Sue tall and slim and able to eat as much ice cream as she likes, while strolling on the beach in her itty-bitty bikini – but of course the face remains hidden under her huge bonnet! Her little dogs follow to lap up the ice cream drops!

Quilt size: width: 25" height: 25"

Through the Arched Window Through the Arched Window
By: Emma How,
Blog: Sampaguita Quilts

One of my series of original beach scene quilts, made for (and used and loved by) my youngest niece. The scene is built using my own twist on foundation-piecing and a wide range of fabrics.

Quilt size: width: 35" height: 45"

Waves on the Rocks Waves on the Rocks
By: Becky Peacock,

The pattern originated from a Quilt University class. I stepped out of my comfort zone to dabble in painting fabrics, melting cellophane & sheer fabrics, and fusing Angelina fibers, then put everything together artistically. There is even real sand on the shore! The sky is the limit, I realized.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 18"

Beach and Seashore

  • Semaphore The View (26%, 128 Votes)
  • City Lights (20%, 99 Votes)
  • Bare Threads Beach (16%, 80 Votes)
  • Sandpipers at the Shore (14%, 68 Votes)
  • Coffs Coast (10%, 51 Votes)
  • Sally (10%, 48 Votes)
  • lighthouse in maine (9%, 42 Votes)
  • Through the Arched Window (8%, 39 Votes)
  • Mirando al mar-lookingat the sea (7%, 35 Votes)
  • Waves on the Rocks (6%, 30 Votes)
  • Hawaiian Eye Candy (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Beach Baby (3%, 15 Votes)
  • Sailing (2%, 12 Votes)
  • beach umbrellas (2%, 11 Votes)
  • FUN UNDER THE SEA (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Sunbonnet Sue's Retirement Dream (2%, 8 Votes)
  • One last visit (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Living Near the Ocean (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Beach Bag (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Fun in the Sun (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 488

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Next Week’s Quilt Contest

The theme for next week’s quilt contest is Modern Geometric. You can submit quilts, wall hangings, pillows, etc. as long as the item you enter is completely finished (i.e. bound and quilted).

To enter the weekly contest, read the rules and guidelines, then submit your photo by next Friday, August 10, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). Voting will start shortly thereafter and last until the following Monday, August 13, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

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