When I first started this Beach Towel Quilt Tutorial I had such great hopes. As with many crafting projects this one has taken me into the deep dark valley of crafting. At one point I almost gave up and quit. There were several problems that almost put a stop to this Beach Towel Quilt. The first one was that when I sewed the towels together they were not the same length. I ripped out the seam and tried again and they were still not close in length even with some stretching.
Another problem with this quilt was the actual quilting. I was going to do it using my home sewing machine but the straight stitching did not look right. I did something kind of unconventional, I quilted it using a zig zag stitch. I like how it looked. I used the stripes on the towels as guide lines and quilted it in vertical lines. This is a utility quilt and not a heirloom so I think this works.
I like how the overall design turned out. This is a bright quilt that because of the patterns and colors will not show dirt. That is important for a quilt that will be used. The weight of the quilt and the cuddle factor are a plus for this quilt. The towel gives it some weight and the batting makes it cuddle well.
I made a quilt sandwich, backing, batting and top. I used a lot of pins to stabilize the quilt before I began to stitch it.
I quilted it using the stripes of the beach towel for a guide.
The towel as backing worked great. I will definitely buy the same kind of towels again for this project. The stripes made this perfect.
This fun quilt still needs binding. I have the material cut and ready to sew on. The reason I did not finish it yesterday is that I have to deal with the uneven towel problem. It is a problem that can be worked with but I did not have the energy last night.
You will have to come back next Thursday to see the binding, the beach bag that I have made for the quilt to travel in and the official picture of this new quilt.