Stitching Times serves up stories, examples and tutorials about needlework related crafts, especially quilting and crochet. Almost all of the projects shown have been designed by Kay Stephenson

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beach Quilt Update

What a busy spring. Nashville in March, Florida beach vacation at the beginning of May, Memorial Day in Illinois with family, and our very own neighborhood festival (Summerfest) at the start of June. In between I’ve been trying to find time for gardening, sewing for others, and working on my own projects.
For all my wailing and gnashing of teeth, the beach quilt worked just as I had hoped.  
Mark spent most of the vacation fishing.
And when Lady wasn’t practicing her newly acquired body surfing technique…
Or guarding the fish
She thought the quilt made a great towel. She often sought out the shady spot. Most importantly she didn’t lay her head down in the sand and come up licking a pound of sand off her nose. No sick puppy this year.
I, of course, was working on a new “quilt as you go” project, which I’ll tell you about soon.
After our return the beach quilt was loaned out to friends who took it along on their beach vacation. And I expect it will see some use at summer concerts at the Atlanta Botanical Garden as well.
Or maybe it will just be spread in the back yard for our own little picnic
All in all it was worth the pain, and the pattern really is quite simple. In fact, for my loyal followers, shoot me an e-mail at and I’ll send you my pattern gratis. Others can find it in my pattern store on here And if you need a coordinating beach umbrella...


  1. Very cool! Is it made out of old towels? New towels? No towels? Microfiber fabric? Do tell!

  2. Beach towels! that's another great idea. Actually this quilt is made out of standard quilter's cotton for the quilt top and back. I did use polyester batting though. I almost always use cotton batting, but I thought that would add to the odds of mildew. The poly dries much faster, and doesn't really absorb much water to start with.

  3. I love this idea! I am assuming that all the objet's on the quilt are not appliqued on but real objects placed on it? It is a great idea as a gift for my son and DIL as they are sun lovers and picnickers. As yet they aren't settled in their first home but still looking but they could use this in their apartment as well.

    This is the first time I have visited your site but certainly won't be the last.

  4. Miss Cellany - I need an e-mail address to send you the pattern. You can send me a message at, and you are correct, no applique on this quilt. Thanks for the message

  5. Love this quilt idea! My daughters will really use this on their trips to the beach. Thanks!