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Beach fun with a Stash Builder Sampler

Here at Connecting Threads, we were given a little challenge to pick one of the new Stash Builder Samplers and make a project or 2 with them. The one I chose is the Fat Quarter version of the Ecosystem Sampler. The colors are perfect for some beach house projects I've been wanting to make.

I made 4 placemats and a table runner. The placemats are a pattern in Terrific Table Toppers with Patrick Lose. I knew when I reviewed this book that the placemats were a must project. They were pretty easy, all the applique was fused down & zig-zagged in place. Then I quilted them - quilting is something that I'm learning as I go along. I've always been a little maching quilting challenged, but know that it makes sense for small projects. So (sweating bullets), I quilted them. They were a pretty quick project all in all, and would have been finished much sooner if I hadn't had to remove the binding from 2 of them twice - first time my seam allowance was way off (darn computerized machine - it's just supposed to know), and the second time because I sewed it (with the correct seam allowance) to the wrong sides! But, I love them, and can hardly wait to take them to the beach.

The table runner was part pattern that I've had forever, and part my own artistic license with it. I just took 2.5" strips & squares and randomly sewed them together and then added the end triangles & fused down the crabs. It will be fun on the coffee table under the big bowl of shells we've collected.

As part of our "summer of samplers", one lucky commenter can win the Ecosystem Sampler featured in this post. Simply leave a comment by 6/30/10, and I will draw the name of one lucky winner using a random number generator. Good luck!

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Comment by Tanya on June 29, 2010 at 12:28pm
Great color combination! Not only does this look like a seaside collection but also a cottage one.
Comment by Teri on June 28, 2010 at 12:34pm
So cute!!!! You did a fabulous job on the quilting - challenged my patootie!
Comment by Kathleen/CA on June 27, 2010 at 9:08pm
This is quite nice. I like the sea landscape of the place mats.
Comment by Debby Patz on June 27, 2010 at 12:10pm
I love the landscape look of the placemats and the seashells are perfect! I want to make these too!
Comment by Judy Collander on June 26, 2010 at 5:33pm
This is so pretty!
Comment by Pat Vigil on June 25, 2010 at 12:50pm
These look so fun!
Comment by Sheryl / MI on June 25, 2010 at 6:21am
I LOVE the placemats! The color placement are just amazing! Was the whole thing appliqued or was it curved piecing? Either way, simply gorgeous!!
Comment by JaiCi Razak on June 25, 2010 at 6:09am
I just LOVE anything to do with the beach! Very clever crabs :) :)
Comment by MaryJo on June 24, 2010 at 8:42am
Thank you all for the great comments on these projects! Our beach house is stuck in the 70's with lots of wood walls, that I can't bring myself to paint, so I'm trying to brighten things up within the rooms.
Someday I will try FMQ - so far I'm trying to master straight lines, stitching IN the ditch, and echoing. I'm feeling a little more comfortable, at least my shoulders aren't as stiff when I finish as they used to be. Guess it's like piano lessons, practice-practice-practice!
Comment by Sandra Friant on June 24, 2010 at 4:21am
like that, so nice for the summer.

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