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Quilts on the Beach

We've been spending a lot of time at the beach this summer. Though the kids sometimes prefer the pool, I like to encourage the beach when possible. I love the sensory experience of the beach with sand, sounds of the waves, sounds of people and music. They like the pool because they can swim and use their floaties. We try to strike a balance. And now that I found Martha's guide to building sand castles, we must go often and give her method a try! We live near the shores of the beautiful Lake Michigan, which is large enough to appear ocean-like (though fresh water, so no smell of salt), and quite cold so not great for swimming. We sometimes go "up North" here in Wisconsin to smaller, inland lakes and beaches and the kids enjoy those, too.

Anyway, I have yet to make a beach quilt and every time I lay out those old fleece blankets from the trunk of the van I think "I really need to make a couple of pretty quilts". Here's some great inspiration in case you're thinking the same.

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