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Summer is nearly here and I just can't wait to go spend some time by the sea (or paddling in it!). So it seems like a good time for some "skinny dipping sewing"! The only things you need are a few Skinny Quarters (25cm x 110cm) a sewing machine, some measuring and cutting equipment.


Each row or strip in the 4 month Quilt-along measures 36" or 90cm wide. So by the end of the Quilt-along, the strips can be sewn together to make a strippy quilt. There'll be opportunity to do applique and folded patchwork too.


This is our first block in the Skinny Dipping Quilt-along, and it's so easy - the beach hut unit is very quick to make. Join the beach hut units together and before you know it you'll have a neat row of sweet little beach huts!


Lewis & Irene's Coastal - Waves print is the perfect background for the beach huts. Being a directional print, which runs across the width of the fabric, from selvedge to selvedge. You'll need to bear this in mind when cutting the sashing strips in step 3 (see pic 9). The wave pattern should be running across the block to give a nice backdrop for the beach huts. So let's go and sew....


For each beach hut unit cut:

1 x Plain white cotton rectangle - 4 “ x 5 ½ “ ((Moda Bella Solids White no. 98 is used in the photos)

2 x Waves print squares  - 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” cut from Skinny Quarter*


* See Cutting plan near bottom of page - which shows how to slice the Skinny Quarter. I found it easiest to cut the pieces as I needed them.


Preparing to sew


Place the squares either side of the rectangle, right side up, with waves running vertically, up and down.

The peaks of the waves need to be pointing outwards.


Now flip over one square onto rectangle, lining up corner edges. Draw a line on the wrong side of the square, from corner to corner. Click on pics to enlarge

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2. Trim the corner of the square pointing outwards, leaving 5mm seam allowance.

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Completing your beach huts


Your row of neat little beach huts is nearly complete. If you like applique some bunting, using bondaweb and running stitch to outline the string of bunting. Perhaps machine sew the outline of a plank door and add a little button for the door handle. Or personalise your beach huts – the world’s your oyster!

Making the beach hut unit


1. Sew along the diagonal line. marked on the square. Turn the rectangle over and fold back the corner.

3. Fold back and press along the seam. Now place 2nd square, next to rectangle, checking the wave pattern is placed correctly (see pic). Flip over onto rectangle.

4. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Sew along this line, then trim surplus as in step 2.

The first beach hut unit is complete! It is a little lonesome though until....

Making the beach hut strip


First cut the sashing pieces, the cutting layout provides a general guideline. It's best to cut the pieces as you go, so you can tailor the pieces to the size of your growing block.





















Cut sashing pieces (a) - 2.5mm (1") wide, making sure the waves run from side to side across the narrowest part of the strip. Trim so they are the same height as your beach huts.


Check the peaks of the waves are pointing upwards, then sew to the beach hut units leaving 5mm seam allowance.


Press seams towards sashing strip. 

You might chose to vary the distance between your beach huts, so cut the width of the sashing strip as required. In the aqua version of this block we grouped the beach huts into two groups and used a 12cm (4 1/2") wide strip of sashing (b) to separate them.

Once your beach huts are joined into a neat row, sew strip (c) to the top edge of the block, checking the peaks of the waves point upwards.


Now sew the side pieces (d) either side of the row of beach huts.


Finally from a different print, cut a strip 7.5cm x 110cm. Sew this to the bottom edge of the block.


Trim width of block to measure 38" approx 96cms width.

Cutting layout - block 1

We'd love to see your beach huts, so please feel free to share them on Honeybee Cloths Facebook page. Also remember to "like and share" our Facebook page or if your not on Facebook leave  a comment on our blog, and you'll be entered into our draw to win a Coastal Skinny Quarter bundle.


The next block will be here on 1st June, so till then happy sewing x


ps. The second block in the Quilt along is now available - click below for bright and breezy quilt bunting :)

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