Backshore – A Finished Quilt

Rising Star Quilters sponsored a workshop in the spring of 2017 with Nancy Halpern.  You can see some of her work here.  I talked about this workshop in this blog post, so you can get an idea of the types of quilts made from this technique.  

2020 was the year this quilt would be finished; I decided that in January.  It was a hard quilt to get back into.  July came, I finally began the slow process of getting back into this quilt. The above picture is how it has looked since that day.

This is the inspiration photo, take in September 2016. Now, in case you were curious, this was one slow quilt to get back into! It is slow to piece: take some off the design wall, sew a block, put it back, pick up the next.  Nancy, the instructor, did it the old fashioned way using templates. The other difficulty was that at the end of the workshop I did not complete the top, so I had to figure out the sides/bottom and top. That took forever.

When I was done, then there was the problem of trimming it. The slide show above shows a few of the problems and steps. But, I took my time and did it.  Intersections of certain blocks were used as a guide line. Generous trimming was the way I did the first cut around each edge. Each subsequent cut was a 1/2″ until I got it just right. I was amazed that it wound up nearly “square”, with only a half inch difference in the width at some point. PHEW! To say that there was a big sigh of relief when that was done would be an understatement.

The quilt then went to spend time wit Tabitha, my lovely HandiQuilter Simply 16.  Earlier in the year, I bought the design called Lace Agate Meander by Bethanne Nemesh. In the end, I knew the quilting would bring this to quilt to life.

I faced the quilt. I left the corner triangles all open, but may tack down the bottom ones if I don’t use a dowel on the bottom. The top allows for one nail and the dowel to be used as a way of leveling the quilt. There are a few additional tabs in case I need them, probably not, as this is a smallish piece.

The quilt went into the wild for a photo shoot. While this is not where the photo was taken, it is what I think the quilt represents, rock, sand, sea and sky.

All in all, there are things I love about this quilt. Finding it the proper place in our house is the next item on its agenda.

An original quilt inspired by a photo
30″ x 39″
Pattern from Japanese Puzzle Workshop (Nancy Halpern)
Quilting Pattern: Lace Agate Meander
Quilted with: Superior So Fine #408 and DecoBob Grey

This was my One Monthly Goal and I am finishing up this blog at 8:38pm on the evening of August 31! I am so thrilled to have it done, thank you Patty of Elm Street Quilts. It was also one of my quarterly goals, the 8th finish for my PhD in 2020, and is my Favorite Finish for the month

Coming Up on the Blog:
2020 Monthly Color Block – September  
QAL by the Sea #5 – 9/8
QAL by the Sea #6 – 9/15
Garden Party Hop Hop – 9/17
QAL by the Sea #7 – 9/22 
Hello Fall Blog Hop – 9/21
QAL by the Sea #8 – 9/29

Linking Up:
Favorite Finish for the Month
What I Made Monday
Wednesday Wait Loss
Long Arm Linky Party 
Free Motion Mavericks
Put Your Foot Down
Finished or Not Friday

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  1. August 31, 2020 / 9:35 PM

    What a unique quilt and your fabrics are perfect. Was this a pattern or an original?

  2. Nancy Bekedam
    August 31, 2020 / 9:35 PM

    Wow, beautiful, Kathleen!!! I thought it was going to be a traditional Japanese puzzle, but now I see it’s a landscape! The colors and textures are perfect! Love that Lace Agate Meander! Great finish, in the nick of time, too!

  3. September 1, 2020 / 7:31 AM

    That’s a “WOW”, Kathleen! It may have been slow going but it’s a spectacular finish. Love the quilting!

  4. Cocoa Quilts
    September 1, 2020 / 8:07 AM

    Beautiful finish Kathleen. I love that you faced the quilt. Hope it finds it spot soon.

  5. September 1, 2020 / 8:39 AM

    Isn’t it fun to see the quilt off the design wall, and all completed? The process you worked through with this quilt will always make this a special one. I really like the look of it with the quilting and the faced binding. Great finish!

  6. Barb
    September 1, 2020 / 8:42 AM

    Love love love it, and the quilting too! Worth all of your thought and effort!

  7. thedarlingdogwood
    September 1, 2020 / 8:54 AM

    This quilt is ethereal. I like how it has all the colors of the coast. My favorite part, though, is the quilting. That is an absolutely prefect quilting design to depict rock formations and all things beach/cove. Congrats on finishing off a previously unfinished project!

  8. September 1, 2020 / 9:13 AM

    That quilting design was the perfect choice to bring the churning waves and swirling sands of this quilt to life. Gorgeous, Kathleen!!

  9. patty
    September 1, 2020 / 9:39 AM

    That looks great! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  10. September 1, 2020 / 3:56 PM

    Absolutely beautiful, and although the process might have been daunting, the finish is stunning. Hope it goes on display where you see it every day.

  11. Laurel
    September 1, 2020 / 9:42 PM

    Beautiful quilt! I love the colors of sand, sea, rocks and sky….

  12. September 2, 2020 / 10:57 AM

    I’m so glad you finished this quilt. It is just so beautiful. Everything from the inspiration picture to the quilting and the photography is perfect!

  13. September 2, 2020 / 12:58 PM

    It’s beautiful, the fabrics and their placement and your quilting. Mostly I love all of your photos.

  14. Rebecca Grace
    September 2, 2020 / 3:33 PM

    I love everything about this quilt, Kathleen! You absolutely captured the essence of the seascape that you were going for. And the quilting design complements it beautifully, suggesting waves without being too literal about it. Was that a paper pantograph or a digital design? It looks amazing. Thanks for linking up with Long Arm Learning and CONGRATULATIONS on your gorgeous UFO finish!

  15. September 2, 2020 / 4:43 PM

    I think your quilt captured the feeling of the inspiration photograph very well. I’m so glad you came back to it and finished it..

  16. September 2, 2020 / 10:44 PM

    Hi Kathleen, what a lovely quilt. It does sound like it would be hard to get back into it. Congratulations on your persistence! It really looks great surrounded by rocks and nature! Take care.

  17. September 4, 2020 / 11:35 AM

    Congratulations on your finish! It is difficult picking things up again after a long absence! Good job it looks great!

  18. September 6, 2020 / 11:35 AM

    Hi Kathleen, Thanks so much for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks. It’s a beauty!

  19. September 7, 2020 / 10:41 PM

    Beautiful quilt and well worth the effort it took to make. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  20. September 8, 2020 / 9:42 AM

    I bet you are so glad you got back in to this one!! It is quite beautiful!! and it is perfect place to photo shoot that quilt – it just gives it sparkle!

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