When the summer days are long and hot, I always seem to gravitate towards those projects that have cooling blues and greens. I've done a lot of designs that use those serene colors, and I find them the perfect antidote for sticky, sweltering hot days (especially if you can sit stitching under a nice ceiling fan, or better yet, by cool ocean breezes). Anyway, here are a few of my favorites:
REFLECTING POOLS (from my Impressionist Collection:
EBB TIDE (in my Sampler Collection):
BARGELLO & BUTTERFLY (also in the Sampler Collection):
And some very fun American Quilt Collection designs... super cool FLYING GEESE:
and ultra serene OCEAN WAVES:
If you're eager to dive into any of these summery projects, please visit MY WEBSITE for more ordering information.
I was in the mood to stitch something fun and easy and colorful.... so I sat down and created a perfect project for a summery day at the beach; I call it SEASIDE BLUES.
Of course, the first thing I had to do was find just the right Watercolours variegated thread to build my palette from, and I chose 207 - "Bermuda Reef", which is absolutely perfect for this design, don't you agree? Add in a handful of cool blues and aquas in #5 pearl cottons and my fav Ribbon Flosses (Yum) and you have a really fun design to work on this summer!
Here's a look at the easily stitched blocks in the center area, with their slightly shimmery metallic centers:
I hadn't stitched a quilt design in quite a while, so it was a pleasure to work with easy diagonal satin stitches that moved quickly over the canvas; these quilt designs are definitely "no-stress" projects!
I also wanted to add a bit of beachy bling as well, so I snuck in some shimmery Ribbon Floss colors for cool accent touches. (Although, this design would work well in other colors as well: how about bright primary colors for a pillow in a child's room? Maybe warm fall colors for the upcoming Autumn months.... Or even soft pastels for a springy look?)
Anyway, if you're in the mood for a summer project you can take to the beach for a fun "no-brainer" project, please check out my new SEASIDE BLUES pattern that is available on my website under the AMERICAN QUILT COLLECTION.