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At the Seashore - Lighting the Way

At the Seashore - Lighting the Way

Written by: 
Mary Andra Holmes

Welcome to AT THE SEASHORE.  My name is Mary Andra Holmes, aka MahQuilter Designs.   I am one of four sisters who design under Sisters Quilting Trunk.

I was born and raised on Long Island.  Even though we now live in AZ, if I close my eyes, I can hear and smell the bays and the ocean.  My favorite memories were the lighthouses, lighting the way, around the outskirts of the island.  Keeping boaters safe from underwater rock formations and shorelines hidden by high tides was a must.

I mainly used Origami fabric collection by Janet Clair.  Added a touch of Midwinter Reds by Minick & Simpson and Susanna's Scraps 1830-1875 by Betsy Chutchian for Moda Fabric + Supplies.

This post is part of our summer quilt-along series. Find the rest of the posts by clicking {here}.

Background - Fat Quarter.

Lighthouse - Fat 8th of red and Fat 8th of white.

Light - 5" x 1.5" - yellow.

Rotary cutter and ruler.

Reference templates.

Background fabric uses templates B, C, E, F, G&H, I


  1. Lighthouse body - Cut (5) red and (5) white strips - 1.5" x 8".  Starting with red, sew alternating red and white strips together until all 10 stripes are sewn. (photo A)
  2. Place "A" template on top of strips and using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut out the lighthouse base. (photos B,C,D,)
  3. Sew template "B" to left side and template "C" to the right side of lighthouse base.     (photo E)

A B C   

4. Please view photo "F" below.    Sew template "E" to left side of template "D" (yellow light) .  Sew template "F" to right side of  template "D".

This is light unit.

5. Sew template "G" to left side of light unit. Sew template "H" to right side of light unit.

( photo F)


6. Sew light unit to top of lighthouse base.

7.  Sew template "I" which is 1" x 12.5" to top of light unit.  See reference templates above. Your block is complete.


This block finishes at 12" x 12".  Unfinished measures 12.5" x 12.5"

I hope you enjoyed joining us At The Seashore as much as we enjoyed designing blocks for Moda Bake Shop's summer camp.

May you always have a lighthouse "LIGHTING THE WAY".

Mary Andra Holmes

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