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Block Five: The Beach Bag
Everyone loves Vacation Time! Pat Sloan is going to give us a guided tour to some inspired blocks this year based on this wonderful theme, and the fifth block is The Beach Bag! So grab your sunscreen, your shades, and your best beach towel and picture yourself loading it all into a beach bag like the one that inspired this block!  We invite you to join us as we take a look at the great block design, Pat's inspiration for it, and her video description for this month. But first, feel free to download the pattern and if you missed it, the materials list:

Download Vacation Time BOM Materials List and This Month's Block Pattern!

Click Here to download the PDF of Pat's materials list for the BOM.  NOTE:  If the document doesn't display properly for you, there may be a problem with your browser's PDF viewer.  From the viewer window, there is a download button that will let you save the PDF to your computer, where you will be able to view and print it just fine.

Click Here to download the PDF of the pattern for Block Five: The Beach Bag  

Pat Sloan on Block Five
Thank you for joining me and making my Free Mystery quilt, Vacation Time! May brings in block 5 to the mystery that I've called 'Beach Bag'.

About now many of us are looking forward to a summer vacation, maybe to the beach, the mountains, the lake, or just heading to the local pool! Vacation starts for me by pulling out my Beach Bag and filling it with Vacation things! Books, quilty hand work, magazines (quilting of course!), a pair of sunglasses and some yummy snacks complete my bag and make me feel like Vacation has started!

I am using the same fabrics for both the Aqua and Navy on my quilts.

In the pattern I've included two mock ups of how the block looks in a 3 x 3 block setting and larger 6 x 6 block setting. It's a really fun block to repeat for a full quilt and I can see it done scrappy!

Inspiration from Memorable Beach Bags

When I was very small, I would visit my great grandparents and great Aunt June for a week each summer. I was the center of attention that week! We did all kinds of vacation time activities and one in particular inspired this block.

Aunt June lived in Pennsylvania just a few hours from the New Jersey shore. One morning she woke me up and said it's time to go to the beach! She pulled out this big beach bag and started filling it up. We had drinks, and we had snacks! We had beach towels and we had sunscreen. Then she added the magic by including a sand pail and shovel! I was SO excited to get to the beach to play!

We jumped into her powder blue convertible and drove to the shore with our Beach Bag overflowing!

When I was on my last vacation I spotted this sign in a store, Fill Me with FUN, that is PERFECT for this month! We fill our Beach Bags with FUN! And let me introduce you to the Captain of the Allure of the Seas, which is the biggest cruise ship in the world. Captain Johnny Faevelen and his pet parrot!

What do you put in your vacation bag that makes you feel it's time to head out? Let me know in the comments!

Pat's Video for Block Five: The Beach Bag

More from Pat on Block Five

I'm using my 'One for you One for Me' fabric from Moda.  Find a list of shops that have my fabric by clicking here.

Visit my blog post for the latest and see all three blocks together!
Also, visit my post about Block 5 where I give you a little insider look by clicking here. And if you want to see a photo tutorial of trimming using the tool, I have one at this link.

Many of you have joined me at my quilt group on Facebook called Quilt with Pat Sloan. We are sharing our Globetrotting blocks and MUCH MORE! Everyone has been showing the quilts they are working on, asking for help and advice, and having more fun than you can have at any spot on Facebook.. so join me by clicking the link above.

We have a Flickr page for sharing photos. Click the link below to go to the group page and become a group member for free, then you will be able to upload pictures of your own materials selections and the blocks that you create throughout the BOM.
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