After six months of searching for the right fabrics and right pattern, I settled on a cotton t from the Lucy's Crab Shack collection by Sweetwater that has all the beaches in America printed on it as the inspiration fabric. Isn't it great?! A hand of applause to Southern Fabrics who rushed me one more yard right before I left the US (the week before Christmas mind you) and didn't charge me a rush charge!
I bought some more fabrics from the collection and filled in with other beach fabrics and some solids.
The pattern was from the Fall of 2010 Stitch magazine--a kit is shown:
Somehow I got the top completed in December and then brought the whole project, including the batting, back to UB in a suitcase. That's the state he got it for Christmas.
Anyway, I finished it last week! He loves it. Says it has incredible nap magic. Which makes me incredibly happy.
Then I did free motion seaweed in the borders. Yes, that is seaweed (cause I say so :) I envisioned seashells or seahorse; but I just could not make them happen. Seaweed it is.
There's a leftover row inserted in the back--yes, cool--but I actually ran short of the gray
How about the title?!
We're a Shore Thing.
We love the sea. It's our history.
More naps than body surfing these days.
but that's OK.