Stash Statement Book Tour: Citrus Beach Retreat Quilt

Today is my stop on the Stash Statement Book Tour! I'm excited to be participating. I've long enjoyed Kelly's quilts on her blog and am thrilled to be helping to celebrate her first book! The book is filled with patterns to utilize your scraps with a little extra fabric. Kelly begins by walking you through her technique for creating a panel or chunk of fabric pieced from your scraps. From there, she has twelve patterns to utilize those panels.

I chose Beach Retreat, which you can find on page 26 of the book. The pattern is designed to use two colors of scraps.

If you've seen my work, you know I like bold, saturated color. I chose green first, but culled my green scrap pile to eliminate the limey yellow-greens. (I shared the beginnings of my green panels in a previous post.) Then I considered what to pair with green, and in a choice outside of the norm for me, I went with orange. I had some orange scraps (most notably from my Midnight Mystery quilt), but ended up gathering a few extras from my friend Mel. She brought me some great green scraps as well that made it into the project. Once my scrappy panels were done I chose the solid yellow and a black on white print.

I went with a simple large scale meander for the quilting. This motif allowed me to easily avoid the thick intersections of seams in some places. One of my favorite scraps in this project is the green mushroom print, leftover from pants I made for my son.

My binding is from my stash. I love stripes on a binding. This is the fourth green binding in a row that I've made. The first went onto Emerald Swallowtail which I finished last week and the other two are queued up for a charity quilt and for my Color Wash Mini quilt. I had nearly enough of this wild bicycle print for the quilt back. I added solid black to two sides of it.

I've gotten a bit lazy with quilt labels lately, but since I was making a quilt from Kelly's book, I thought it would be great to use her label technique, too! I found a scrap of my scrappy panel that had a solid section light enough to write on and trimmed it down to be my label. I had to write kind of small to squeeze it all in. Check out Kelly's quick and easy label technique on her blog!

My quilt, Citrus Beach Retreat, finishes at about 44" x 55". This is a smaller version than the 55" x 66" version in the book. Liz also made a Beach Retreat quilt for the blog hop, and Kelly is sharing a rainbow version. You can see the full lineup of the blog hop on my previous post.

 

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I've linked up to Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF and Finish It Friday.

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18 thoughts on “Stash Statement Book Tour: Citrus Beach Retreat Quilt

  1. It's fun to see your improv panels in the final quilt! The green and orange work so well together. I love that improv work allow us to use scraps (even tiny ones) from other projects with great memories, like the green mushroom print.

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    1. sarah

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      It was like a walk down memory lane with the scraps. It's nice to work with nostalgic fabrics. Thanks for visiting, Yvonne.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Rita! I think it's out of print, but I believe the bicycles print is "black flowered bikes" by Timeless Treasures.

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  2. Your version of the Beach Retreat quilt is so fresh and summery. I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you so much for helping me celebrate the release of my book by participating in the blog hop.

    :) Kelly

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  3. Kathleen McCormick

    I love this quilt. I have been enjoying this blog hop. I recently received one of Kelly’s pattern but am totally intrigued by the book.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Kathleen. The book has a great variety of patterns and her scrap technique could be used in a variety of ways.

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  4. Roberta Pabst

    My copy of Stash Statement just came yesterday. Even happier that I bought it knowing Kelly is a friend of yours. I may have to make all of these - maybe in miniature? Wouldn’t that be fun!! Love yours. Those colors are perfect. Are your scraps already sorted by color?

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    1. sarah

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      Oh yay! I look forward to seeing what you make! Which one do you want to make first? Be sure to follow along with the blog hop to see how some quilters have adjusted the pattern to make smaller projects. My small scraps are sorted by color and I pulled some of my fat quarters from my stash that had been partially used but weren't small enough to make it into the scrap bins.

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  5. I just adore the colors you put together for this quilt. It works so nicely! Bright and colorful. :) The more I see of this quilt, the more I want to make one of my own.

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