At the Seashore – Lighting the Way

Welcome to AT THE SEASHORE.  My name is Mary Andra Holmes, aka MahQuilter Designs.   I am one of four sisters who design under Sisters Quilting Trunk.

I was born and raised on Long Island.  Even though we now live in AZ, if I close my eyes, I can hear and smell the bays and the ocean.  My favorite memories were the lighthouses, lighting the way, around the outskirts of the island.  Keeping boaters safe from underwater rock formations and shorelines hidden by high tides was a must.

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At the Seashore – Sunset Over the Pacific

Welcome to the Pacific Coast!  I am fortunate to live just a few miles from the coast in Southern California and after a long hot day, my family and I often pack a picnic and head to the beach for a few hours of rest and relaxation.  We arrive just as the tourists are packing up, and nestle down in our beach chairs, shooing off the seagulls and watching the dolphins or seals swim in the water.

Our local beach is Point Dume in Malibu.  It’s quiet (for a Southern California beach!) and has the most perfect spot to sit and watch the sun set just beyond the point  into the Pacific Ocean.  Its truly breathtaking!

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At the Seashore – Seaside Dreams

Welcome back to the seashore! Living in the middle of the United States, I don’t get the chance to visit the seashore often, but when I do, you’ll find me relaxing on a lounge chair, under a beach umbrella, with a cute umbrella drink in hand. This bright-colored block was made with Orchard by April Rosenthal.

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At the Seashore – Breezy Beachy Umbrella

Hi fellow bakers! This is Mona Phelps from Kentucky Whittaker Creations. I’m so excited to be joining in the “At the Seashore” sew-along this summer! I’ll be honest… I’ve never been a huge “beach at the ocean” fan. However, when I was growing up, we spent a lot of time at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. My family had a small cabin where we spent a few weeks each summer. We would play at the lake, skip rocks, water ski, and more. One thing we often wish we had with us was a big umbrella to give us a little break from the sun.  This was the inspiration for my block “Breezy Beachy Umbrella.” I hope you enjoy making it!

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At the Seashore – In the Shade

After a day at the seashore, sometimes you need to just get out of the sun and spend some time under a nice, cool umbrella. That’s what I was imagining when I designed this block. It starts with the umbrella in the center, then a beach blanket, the sand, and finally the ocean. Maybe I should have called this block “My Own Private Island”, since we seem to be surrounded by the ocean! I hope that you find a little escape while constructing this block.

I’m using Ombre Confetti Metallics for most of this block and I love how it makes the “umbrella”, “sand”, and “ocean” sparkle! Continue reading

At the Seashore – Beach Houses

Hi, Bake Shop Bakers!  I’m Lisa Jo Girodat of Neverlandstitches by Lisa Jo.   I am so excited to be here for the At the Seashore Quilt Along!

I live in Michigan, The Great Lakes State, and grew up less than 5 miles from Lake St. Clair.  I may not be near the seashore, but Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline in the US.  Our shoreline is 3,288 miles.  Our summers may be short, but boy do we know how to jam in as much fun as possible.  In my neighborhood, almost every third house has a boat of some type.  Also, numerous of families have cottages along the lake shore which happens to surround the entire state.

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At the Seashore – Melt

Hi, all you Summer beach-goers. There is nothing more splendid than a day at the beach. I was lucky to be a beach babe, growing up in the Port Hacking, south of Sydney, Australia. Summer by the ocean was especially, a magical time as our days were filled with water skiing, sailing and fishing from sun up to sun down. I can never forget the feel of the sun on my skin, the sultry heat of a Sydney summer and the smell of salt from the ocean.

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