2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge- Block #5

2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge- Block #5

The Olympic Coast – A Beach

This is my fifth block for the 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge.  This block represents a Washington State Olympic beach.  Unlike California or Oregon, where you will find sandy beaches, the Olympic beach is covered with gravel, rocks and mostly broken sea shells.

Hood CanalHood Canal









Higher on the beach you will find all sizes of driftwood, from the smallest bits  of wood to whole tree trunks, litter the area.









To create this block,    I pieced two blocks using the same block pattern.  The first, was pieced with water like fabrics and the second with beach like fabrics.  Unfortunately, my camera deleted several pictures, so I don’t have pictures to show you the block before I embellished it.


Here are my block patterns, which I drafted myself.








You can see how I prepared the beach block for the applique.


The beach applique was cut from the beach fabric pieced block then, hand stitched (Needle – Turn Technique) on to the block with the water like fabrics.





At the top left hand corner of the block,  a Pelican flies in toward the beach.  The Pelican, is an Embroidery Slip, I made and then, appliqued onto the block.


Hand Tatted Lace is sewn around the appliqued beach to imitate the waves lapping the beach.



In  the lower left corner a, Harbor Seal peaks out of the water to see what going on above.  I created the seal’s head by appliqueing layers of felted wool felt. I used four layers of felted wool, each a different size, to create the seal’s snout.  For the whiskers, I sewed in black Nymo beading thread  Two, 2 mm black glass pearl beads where used for the eyes.





My first attempt to make the seal’s head, I made an embroidery slip.  Here is the results.  It is very two dimensional and I wasn’t happy with it.  I wanted the seal to have more dimension.  Using several layers of wool felt  achieved the results I wanted.



Above the seal floats a small bird. This little guy was made as an Embroidery Slip and appliqued onto the block just as the Pelican was.

You can also see the seam treatments and combination stitches, in the above photos.





I used felted woven wool to make the Driftwood Log Appliques.  I embellished the appliques with several different threads and thread sizes to create texture and shadows.

To mimic rocks found on the beach, I sewed on mini and small drilled pebbles, bead chips of semi precious  stones and ocean glass.

There are two metal charms on this block: a silver starfish and  a silver leaping dolphin.

   Here are my stats:

16 -Fabrics

6 -Buttons, 2- charms, 2 -sequins

17- Stitch and Stitch Combinations

5- Applique Techniques

23- Different threads

21- Types of beads,  total beads used on block -279

Total Unique Embellishments Used- 85

Cumulative Total – 261

Until next time,



I grew up in Yakima, which is located in Central Eastern Washington. I am married and have four adult children, nine grandchildren. I graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Education. I currently live in the Tahuya Forest on the Kitsap Peninsulan in Western Washington. I learned to quilt in high school. My grandmother taught me to crochet and embroidery. I am passing this knowledge along to my daughters, granddaughters and anyone else who wants to learn these arts.

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