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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Miles of Beach - Salt and Sand

  Welcome to the first day of the

Salt and Sand Blog Hop!

I'm happy to kick things off with
Miles of Beach!


Carol of Just Let Me Quilt has invited bloggers to make an ocean/sand-themed project. 
After all, we are all dreaming of vacation and the beach would be a great place to escape.

Thank you, Carol, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!


Visiting with my hubby one day, I told him my favorite place to run is on the beach.
His response was, "I'll take you to the river bed where there are miles and miles of beach!" 

That's where the name of this quilt comes from.

We have lots of sand with no water here in Dodge City, Kansas.  You see, our river is dry.
The Arkansas River runs through Dodge and although it has lots of water to the west in Colorado and 30 miles to the east of us there is water, here there is none.  
Just miles and miles of sand.

So I took my ocean colors to the river bed for some sand pictures.


I'm working on scrap management this year so I pulled my blues and cut 1 1/4" strips.
I randomly made log cabin "ish" blocks, wrapped them in sand-colored fabric, and cut them wonky.  The border is from the strips too.

The completed quilt is about 62" x 72".
Perfect to lay on the sand...


if you can avoid the traffic.  haha

Yes, those are tire tracks.  
That's about all there is to do at the river, 4-wheel drive in the sand.
The sand gets quite loose and deep in some areas.


I can only dream of a trip to the beach with real water.
But for now, I will live through my friends.
Check out the other bloggers posting in the
Salt and Sand Blog Hop:


I'm sure by the end of the blog hop, you will have more ideas than time.
I always end up that way...


Now you can say you've seen the great beaches of Western Kansas.
Yes, I'm living the dream...




51 comments:

Danice G said...

Gorgeous quilt, and photos. Those wonky log cabin blocks are super cute.

Dorian said...

What a fun quilt Carla, lovely colors as well. Those borders are a great way to use up the scraps.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Your quilt is just beautiful! Love the colors and love that you took photos at a "sort of beach" :) xx

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

What a fun, cheerful quilt! It definitely puts me in a "beachy" mood.

Scrapatches said...

You have taken your scraps and made a lovely quilt. A large river runs through my city on its way to the ocean about 30 miles away. I love the beach. I think I would find a dry riverbed full of sand a bit sad if not for your lovely quilt to brighten it. Nay your day be a bright and happy as your quilt. Thanks for sharing in the hop ... <3 Pat

Velda at the Freckled Fox Quiltery said...

I love love �� this quilt.

Annie said...

A super quilt, Carla! I love all that ocean/sea color framed in sand. That great border is a perfect framing for the wonky blocks. A whole lotta scrappy goodness here. You can spread your quilt out and sunbath while imagining an inviting river of water at your feet. At least until a truck drives by. Ha! I love your husband’s sense of humor and I’m glad you went for it to get these fun beach photos with your quilt.

Connie W. said...

Your quilt is great eye candy and wonderful inspiration for using those scraps. Thanks for sharing.
Connie
c_s_wolfe@yahoo.com

MrsV said...

Beautiful colour choices. It's amazing (and sometimes scary) what we can do with our scraps.

Maria said...

Love your quilt and the colours do represent the colour of the beach.
I am lucky enough to go for a morning dip every morning in the warm weather .
Hope you get to visit a beach soon.

tink's mom said...

Terrific kick off to this hop. Your quilt really brings the water to the beach at least for your pictures. I love the wonky display of the blocks, kinda wavey.

Kathy said...

Love your quilt. Now, I am kind of a history buff, so is this Dodge City the same Dodge City as Gunsmoke? Yes. I love old t.v. shows.

Sofran said...

Your choice of blues really evoke the sea. I can see this quilt in a beach house. Lovely!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I live in Colorado (farther north than where the Arkansas River flows), but didn't know anything about what happens to the river when it gets your way, so had to go read about that before I could comment! I'm so sorry there's no water in your area of the river! You made lemonade out of those lemons with your beautiful beachy quilt. Love the blues and tans you've put together there!

Carol S. said...

Your quilt is so beautiful, Carla, with a definite beach feel to it. I love that you're using your scraps to make so many incredible things. Putting blue scraps together in log cabins and then that incredible scrappy border is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

Calicojoan said...

Who knew that you had such nice sandy beaches? LOL! A little water to go with them sure would be nice though. You nailed the theme with your scrap management this year. What a fun way to use up "stuff".

beaquilter said...

that is just LOVELY! love all about it. (I need to order some beige tan yardage to have in stock, ha ha)

Inflorescencedesigns said...

Such a great quilt to start this hop. I love the wonky log cabins and this makes me want to make one soon. Your colors capture the beach perfectly.

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the blues you used!

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing! Love your beach quilt; look out for those 4-wheelers!

Susan said...

That's a playful quilt - love those ocean colors! Cute addition of the sunglasses on your image Carla!

Susan said...

That's one of the prettiest Twist 'n Turn quilts I've ever seen, but maybe it's because it's blues!

Quilting Gail said...

Beautiful quilt!!! Love the colours!

Carol said...

Your quilt is beautiful, Carla! I love the colors & the design. I am astonished that the Arkansas is dry there!! It has to run underground? Makes neat scenery, though. 😊

Danette said...

A lovely and comfy quilt!

Sherry said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your "beach" with us.

Stitchin At Home said...

A beautiful fun quilt, and made from scraps a double win in my books!

Karen's Korner said...

Your pretty quilt reminds me of sea glass.

Kathleen said...

I love this quilt! Not a surprise as I love all your work. Now, I was thinking you lived in Texas...have I been wrong all this time?

tubakk said...

I really love your beautiful quilt.Great inspiration, thank you.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Your quilt is such fun and if you didn't mention that there was no water, I actually thought you took this picture at the beach.

thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com said...

Let's hear it for a string beach quilt!! I love you Kansas beach!! My Dad grew up in Missouri but moved to Los Angeles when he was first married to mom. I guess he was craving real waves. I love your wonky log cabin blocks and the setting where you photographed the quilt. It's a wonderful quilt and it will be wonderful anywhere...with or without water.

Kathy H said...

What a pretty quilt. I love the pieced inner borders.

Carol Andrews said...

Carla Miles of Beach is gorgeous and I loved hearing about your waterless beach. One day soon we will be able to safely travel to the real beach again. 😉

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love a quilt that uses up the stash. Those wonky cabins put those aquas to eye=popping on the sandy back ground.

dq said...

Love the quilt! Love the colors! Love the name!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

What a beautiful Sand and Sea quilt! Love the colors.

grammajudyb said...

Great quilt, Carla! I feel your pain regarding sand and see. We have similar “ beaches”! Ours might be a bit more rocky! 😁 And full of 4-wheeler tracks and DUST! But a girl can dream and your quilt will “take you there!”

Leah said...

Great beachy themed quilt! And it was nice to see the beaches of Western Kansas.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Way to bust some scraps, Carla!!

LJ said...

Lol Miles of beach...isn't that too cute for a name. Makes me a bit sad to hear of 'no water' and sure do wonder about that. How long has there been 'no water'? Love your quilt and how you added the label at the back using another partial block. Fabulous.

For the love of geese said...

All the suv's have the right idea. I'd much rather play in the sand with them rather that run in it. Your quilt is beautiful.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Beautiful quilt!

Rebecca Smith said...

I love your river beach

lynn said...

Super quilt. Looks like my beach Wish I could share a picture with you.

Kathy S. said...

Love your beautiful "beaches" of Western Kansas! Lovely finish. The colors just pop on your beach!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh this is gorgeous!!! And I love the Miles and Miles of beach story...

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

You are too cute, Carla! Love your sandy beach, and that is a fun way to spend your time. Love the quilt too - the pattern, the colors. Perfecly beachy!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Lovely quilt and so cool to use up scraps. Sometimes doing that is just so satisfying.

Lyndsey said...

I love your quilt and that you used scraps. I'm also into scrap management this year but unfortunately they still seem to be breeding! I'm also interested in geography so your picture of the dry river bed had me visiting google maps to see just were the photos fit in America.

Emily said...

This is beautiful! Definitely feeling that beachy vibe, even if that sand isn't near water!