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Get To Know: The Grand Beach Quilt


Navy Grand Beach

I’m excited to tell you all about the Grand Beach Quilt! 

Check out the Grand Beach PDF and Paper Pattern here.

In my last blog post, I mentioned how the West Hawk design was chosen for the Love Quilting and Patchwork Magazine. Well, Grand Beach was actually one of the design options I had sent over that they didn’t end up choosing! 

I came up with the concept by playing around with different shapes, transparency and opacity in Illustrator. The pattern was created using two quilt blocks that repeat and rotate to create an unexpected design! 

You can do some really interesting things when it comes to colours, fabric selections and placement with this pattern to create a feeling of overlapping triangles! 

My husband, Chris, had been asking me for almost two years to make him a quilted wall hanging for his jam/music room using this design. So, I finally gave in! And I also decided to release the design as an official Blanket Statement pattern in June 2020!

I’ll be honest, I agonized over the fabric and colour choices for Chris’s version because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to successfully pull off the transparency with the fabric. But, I ended up being SO happy with the result and his quilt became the cover version for the Grand Beach Pattern! 

I was also VERY thankful for my Kona Colour Card at the time, since I was making this quilt during the early COVID lockdown days when no local stores here in Winnipeg were open! 

    Grand Beach On Dock
    Navy Grand Beach On Wall
    Navy Grand Beach On Floor
    Navy Grand Beach Erin Holding
    Grand Beach Sand Dunes

    Here’s what I ended up using for the wall hanging (which is technically the baby size): 

    I ended up making four versions in total and took them all to Grand Beach for a photoshoot a month before the pattern launch! We left early in the morning to try and beat the wind that inevitably picks up near large bodies of water - and you can imagine how that goes when holding up quilts for photos! 

    When we arrived, I was surprised and thrilled to see that my cover quilt matched the Grand Beach welcome sign!

    Navy Grand Beach Sign

    Because it was May in Manitoba, we were pretty much the only people on the beach! It was lovely.

    Speaking of lovely, that would be a good word to describe Grand Beach! Resting along the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, Grand Beach is a Provincial Park in Manitoba with Canada's sixth largest lake. It has powdery white sand and grass-topped dunes that make it one of the top beaches in North America! 

    I named the pattern after Grand Beach because the design truly makes me think about sailboats, waves and sand dunes! 

    Navy Grand Beach Closeup

    Next, I made another baby quilt using the newly released (at the time) Lindley Lawn from Ruby Star Society! Here's the full list of fabrics I used for this one:

    Lindley Lawn Grand Beach Fabrics
    Erin Holding Lindley Lawn Grand Beach Fabrics
    Lindley Lawn Grand Beach On Floor
    Erin Holding Lindley Lawn Grand Beach
    Erin Holding Lindley Lawn Grand Beach 2
    Lindley Lawn Grand Beach On Sand
    Lindley Lawn Grand Beach Erin Goof

    I used Lindley Lawn Periwinkle as the binding!

    Lindley Lawn Periwinkle Binding

    I then made a throw size in some very classic Blanket Statement greens! This quilt may just be one of my favourites to date! I used: 

    Green Grand Beach Blocks And Finley
    Green Grand Beach Hanging
    Green Grand Beach Holding Up
    Green Grand Beach In Wind

    The backing is Driftless - Scattered in Natural designed by Anna Graham of Noodle Head! 

    Green Grand Beach on Floor

    I then hand quilted a wall hanging size using a Stellar by Ruby Star Society Charm Pack!

    Fun fact. I actually designed this pattern so that the wall hanging size can very easily be made with a charm pack!

    Stellar Grand Beach Hand Quilting
    Erin Holding Stellar Grand Beach

    I used Kona Snow for the background and Fried Eggs from Darlings as the backing! 

    Fried Eggs Backing Grand Beach

    One of my favourite parts of a pattern launch is working with pattern testers! And the humans I got to work alongside for the Grand Beach launch were no exception. Check out their unique versions below! 

    penelopehandmade Grand Beach

    From Jennifer @penelopehandmade

    holdmyseamripper Grand Beach

    From Holly @holdmyseamripper

    seamedtobe Grand Beach

    From Robin @seamedtobe

    wovenandwoolly Grand Beach

    From Nicki @wovenandwoolly

    sarai_hobbies Grand Beach

    From Sarai @sarai_hobbies

    sarahsew_sew Grand Beach

    From Sarah @sarahsew_sew

    prairieandocean Grand Beach 1
    prairieandocean Grand Beach 2

    From Janice @prairieandocean (she did two!)

    Lastly, I did this mockup for a Grand Beach kit put together by Savannah of ButterflyweedShop! I think it’s just so pretty! 

    ButterflyweedShop Mockup

    Here are the Art Gallery Pure Solids that were included in the kit: 

    If you haven’t already, you can grab the Grand Beach Pattern here - it’s available as a digital download or paper pattern! 

    To see so many other creative versions of the Grand Beach Quilt, you can search through the hashtags #grandbeachquilt and #blanketstatementpatterns on social media!

    Which Grand Beach version is your favourite? Let me know in the comments! 


    2 comments


    • Laurie

      Love this quilt design and the different versions of the quilt. Thanks for sharing your process and masterpieces.


    • Karen

      All of the quilts are spectacular but I am drawn more to the ones made with solids. I don’t usually work with green but you may have changed my mind.


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