Lucy's Beach {Poetry} Quilt




"school is out, let's give a cheer"

Hello again, this is Kimberly from My Brown Bag Studio and am I ever happy that it's summer! Thanks for stopping by for a visit... put your feet up by the pool and stay awhile!

"for summer holidays are here"

I'm really excited to be able to share two of my favorite things with you today... 

"it's time for flip flops on our toes"

...poetry and quilting!

"and purple sunscreen on our nose"

Oh, and it's also a project that's just perfect for a summer's day spent at the beach... so gather your supplies and let's get started!






1 Lucy's Crab Shack layer cake
1 Bella Solids layer cake in Snow
3 1/2 yards Lucy's Crab Shack Cream Trunks and Tops for backing
3/4 yard Lucy's Crab Shack Deep Sea Flip Flop for binding
DMC thread for stitching poem in...
                       #3766 (light teal)
                       # 3750 (dark blue)
                       # 721 (orange)
                       #907 (green)
                       # 335 (pink)
63 inches square of batting (I used Warm and Natural)
Basic quilting supplies




1. Choose 18 prints from your Lucy's layer cake and set aside. These will be the whole color blocks in your quilt.

2. From the remaining layer cake pieces, cut 96 - 2 1/2 inch squares for your  nine-patch blocks.


For the middle of my nine-patch blocks, I placed a square of the cream-on-cream number print.


3. Decide how your scrappy nine-patch blocks will look, and sew 12 blocks.





4. Take 12 of your solid layer cake squares and cut each into four 2 1/2 inch strips. Sew strips to top and bottom of each nine-patch block, then trim off the extra. {Trim these pieces to 2 1/2 inch squares to save for another project... I don't know about you, but I can never have enough 2 1/2 inch squares!} Then trim 1/4 inch off either side of your block borders. Sew strips to the other two sides and trim 1/4 inch again. Blocks should now measure 10 inches square.



5. Arrange your 18 colored layer cake squares as you like them...


...then fill in the gaps with your nine-patch blocks, and 6 of the solid layer cake squares like so... Placement of the solid cream blocks matters, as you will be stitching the poem in them, so be sure to follow my layout!


 {And no, your eyes aren't playing tricks... the first picture is the fabric laid out on my friend's floor and the second is on mine... I love hardwood... any color!}

6. Sew it all together... row by row... to make your quilt top.

7. Click HERE to print out the poem and then find the center of each verse, so you can center it in your block.
 *Edited to add... I'm so sorry for the glitch with printing the poem! I believe I've fixed the problem (despite my limited computer skills!) Thanks to everyone who let me know there was an issue with it! I was informed through an email that it works to view through Internet Explorer.


8. Transfer to your quilt top (yes, I'm a pencil transfer-er) Use whichever method works best for you. Center one verse into each of the 6 neutral blocks.



9. When I make a stitchery project, I always stitch through to the batting layer. That's just how I roll, you can stitch just through the quilt top if you prefer. Lay out your batting, smooth your quilt top on top... you want it a couple of inches larger than the quilt top all the way around...


...hoop a section, and back stitch your lettering. I stitched my quilt with 3 strands of DMC and tried to be random with the colors of the words, just for fun.


These are the 6 verses of the poem, after quilting...
verses 1, 2, and 3...
...and verses 4, 5, and 6...

10. Quilt as desired! I had my Lucy's Beach {Poetry} Quilt professionally quilted by my friend Rhonda of Quilted Cats Hideaway... thanks a bunch, Rhonda! I love it!

11. Bind with 2 1/2" strips of the navy dot fabric... and you're ready for a day at Lucy's {or your very own} Beach!



Lucy's Beach {Poetry} Quilt measures approximately 57" square.



Kimberley Friesen
{My Brown Bag Studio}

23 comments:

Andy said...

Beautiful quilt Kim! Way to put all your talents to use! Love the project:)

Lisa said...

This is so cute! Great summer project!

Kate said...

Hi there! This is beautiful! Unfortunately, I can't seem to print any of the directions. When I tried to print the poem, it said I didn't have permission to access that information, and when I clicked the PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION at the bottom, it wouldn't let me do that either. Is anyone else having this problem? Help!

foodmathquilts said...

Very nice! For the commenter above me, wait a day-it seems like the links and "printer friendly" stuff on this blog often doesn't work immediately, but are fine after a short wait.

Leeanne said...

What a fun pattern!

My Creations said...

I would love to do this pattern for Project Linus... It looks like such a fun quilt to make. Thank you for sharing it.

My Creations said...

This looks like such a fun quilt to make for Project Linus. Thank you for sharing. I love it.

trish said...

So so cute!!

Amish Stories said...

Looks great , just dont get that quilt in the pool! Richard

Sherry said...

Super-duper cute summer quilt! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

craftytammie said...

it's so great, i love the poem!

Gill said...

Great ! I love it! and the poem is the icing on the cake!

Rose M. said...

Such a cute quilt (idea with the poem)! I was able to save as a PDF but I cannot get to the poem. Any suggestions - said I did not have "permission"?

Mom2RyandSis said...

Very cute! Love quilts with stitching on them!!

Jenn said...

That is so cool. I want to do a quilt with text embroidered in. Never done embroidery before - this is going on file. :)

Dawn Hendrix said...

I LOVE this quilt idea.. but the POEM won't let me get to it.. Says I don't have permission?

Pam - said...

Lucy's Crab Shack is a favorite of mine and this is such a sweet way to use my layer cake that I've been saving for a special quilt. It will make a very special family heirloom. Many thank you's!

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Trisha Weekes / myfourtrees said...

I've been eyeing this line for sometime trying to figure out what to make with it, now you've given me the perfect excuse! Thanks- so adorable!

ssuch said...

ONE GREAT PATTERN - 2 ideas. What a great pattern to use as wedding quilt. Pick a the colorway and piece the top. Let the guests sign the top in blank squares (where you have the poetry)then send to long arm quilter. Thank you! So one ofr a wedding present and the one with poetry for me!

Pam said...

Love this quilt!! Thank you for the recipe!!

Quiltjane said...

I love this collection. What a great way to combine the written word and fabric.

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