I was born near Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in the Northeastern United States. I remember summers spent combing beaches and watching yachts glide in and out of the harbor. I day-dreamed about one day sailing on my own. Then life happened and my family moved to Dallas, Texas. Dallas is hundreds of miles from the nearest beach. Occasionally, if there is a big storm brewing out in the Gulf of Mexico and the winds are just right you can smell salt on the air, if by occasionally you are good with once in thirty years. Living where I do it is easy to forget the grandeur that is the ocean. The sights and sounds of the beach begin to fade like last summers tan….or more likely the tan from the summer of 1984 which is the last time that I spent very much time out in the sun. It is just too hot in Texas during the summer to do anything but hunker down and enjoy some air conditioning.
Leave it to Deb Strain to bring the ocean back to me. Her latest line, Seascapes, is everything I remember about summers at the beach and rustic sea ports…minus the salt water taffy and sand in my swimsuit. I am delighted to play with it and thrilled to bring you this simple pattern.
Landlocked was born of inspiration I had while on a recent shop hop with my Mom. (Ya, she quilts too! How awesome is that?!) We were at Stitchin’ Heaven in Mineola, Texas and they were demonstrating the disappearing 4 patch. What a concept! Take that block, make it bigger, be selective in your color placement and you get the following. I hope you like it.
Landlocked is made from 20, 18″ finished disappearing four patch blocks, set in a 4 x 5 grid. It has NO sashing and two simple borders. The finished quilt measures 80″ x 98″ and is big enough to cover a full sized bed.
Sandwich layers and quilt as desired.
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An 80″ x 98″ quilt, a.k.a. magic carpet, pirate ship sails, desert island, or place for wonderful adventures to transpire. Is also good for late night conversations and snuggling. A good place to dream about the sea.