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This is my second entry into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This quilt is in the small quilt category as the perimeter measures about 120″.  This quilt was another challenge but this time from my local Coastal Quilters Guild.


Every year our guild has a challenge committee that comes up with the rules for our annual challenge.  This year the theme was “Monkeying Around”.  Each challenge entry had to use the Monkey Wrench (Churn Dash) block and their imagination.

My main idea was to do a wall hanging with waves.  One day I was perusing Pinterest or Google and looking for waves and came accross ‘Big Wave’ by Linda Kemshall Storm at Sea.  What a great quilt.  Apparently it was inspired by Hokusai’s “The great wave off Kanagawa”.  I didn’t know anything about that painting but my Art History major daughter told me about it.  You can find it on Pinterest if you search for Storm at Sea.  I don’t have permission to post a photo of it here. Linda’s quilt provided just the right inspiration for me to pursue my idea of a wave wallhanging.

My next step was to Google images of Waves.  I set up a folder on my computer and reviewed the many, many pictures I saved over and over again.  I finally settled on a Clip Art.

It had the basic idea I was trying to achieve – now I just had to figure out how to do it with fabric and churn dash blocks.

So I pulled tans, beiges, turquoise, aqua, light blues and yellows from my stash.  I needed a LITTLE churn dash block pattern.  I didn’t want to have to draft my own.  There is a Churn Dash block in the Farmer’s Wife book but it finishes 6″ and I thought that was too big.  I searched the internet and found instructions to make four inch blocks – perfect!

Sooooo – I made four yellow, 14 sky blue, 18 turquoise water and 16 sand tan!  That’s 52 four inch churn dash blocks – about half way through, I was certain I was nuts!

I realized pretty quickly that I was going to need a bit more color for some of the areas so I added a radomly pieced section of the sky and the water in order to get the size I needed.

I drew the wave shapes onto freezer paper to use as a pattern. The scariest step was cutting the waves out of the turquoise “made” fabric!  I cut the largest wave first as it encompasses the entire width of the piece.

Once the first wave was cut, I could use the rest of the “made” fabric for the other waves.  In some cases, I sewed cut pieces together to get large enough pieces but since there is quite a bit of overlap of the waves, the piecing was not a problem.

You can see some of the design process in this photo.  In order to achieve the deliniation between the sky, water and sand, I “bound” the edges of the cut pieces with white to emphasize the shapes. I wanted to use continuous prairie points for the sun and made them in two sizes for more dimension.


The first photo above is still in progress and the second one has all the pieces basted in place and ready for quilting!

I found some pretty cool sky quilting images online and tried to get ideas for the waves and the sand as well.  I thought it would be very effective if I could quilt some shells and flip flops into the sand.  Check out the quilting detail below.


And the sand…..


This was a great project and so much fun to experiment with traditional shapes and modern design and LOTS of free motion quilting.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my process and my finished wall hanging!

The quilting shows up much better in the photo taken on the shady side of the house :)

Thanks for checking in.  I hope you are enjoying all the fabulous quilts displayed in Amy’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival!






  1. CitricSugar says:

    This is just incredible! All that texture!! I didn’t even see the churn dashes until I got halfway through the post… Amazing job transforming clip art into quilt!

  2. Renee says:

    Oh wow I didn’t even realize there were churn dash blocks until you broke it down for me–fantastic quilt!! Beautiful use of color and solids!!

  3. Debby L says:

    Oh, how beautiful! Seeing quilts that are this creative is so inspiring.

  4. This is incredible! Every bit of it is amazing!

  5. Books_Bound says:

    This is a really cool quilt! I didn’t even notice the churn dashes at first, but that’s such a neat idea! The white binding is the perfect look too–I love all of this!

  6. Valerie Rollins says:

    That is amazing. I didn’t notice the blocks either until you said so. What a great idea to make your own ‘fabric’.

  7. Olga says:

    Very nice work! Sea, waves, sun … I want to relax!

  8. Deonn says:

    Oh, this is stunning – Look at all those secret little blocks! What a great design idea! The quilting with cloud formations and prairie points for the sun give it that extra wow factor.

  9. LOVE this quilt! I’ve been searching for a way to portray waves in quilting and you definitely nailed it! love the quilted in details as well! good job!

  10. ANA says:

    Maravilhoso…tanto capricho e detalhes….amei os ”chinelinhos” na areia. abçs

  11. Sally says:

    Wow. It was neat to see your creative progress. I especially like how you quilted the sky. What a fabulous quilt!

  12. wendy says:

    what a fabulous quilt! It’s so inventive, so cleverly done, and made out of churn dashes! Love the binding on the waves and the FMQ, just the whole quilt!

  13. Peggyinno says:

    WoW! Stunning! I don’t know if I could have cut into the “made” fabric!! Thanks for sharing your process.

  14. Kat says:

    Wow! I love this! Great job with the piecing and the colors.

  15. Anne says:

    Wow, this is so beautiful! I love your tone on tone churn dashes that you used to make up the base fabric for each of the shapes. What an original and beautiful idea! The white binding really plays back to the original graphic as well.
    I love it!

  16. Nupur says:

    Stunning! The churn dash blocks are so well camouflaged, like a secret in the quilt.

  17. Vivian says:

    Wonderful and inspired response to the challenge! I love all the additional texture you achieved with the layering and the quilting you did — Bravo! Thank you for sharing your process.

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