I was so delighted when I opened my Ambassador box earlier this spring to find this bundle! You can see all of the fabrics here on the Island Batik website.
"You can just feel the sun, sand and surf in the Seashore collection by Kathy Engle for Tamarinis. The warm creams, greens and purples will bring delight to your sea-salted senses! There are netted violet purples, bubbly dusty rose pinks and summer punch oranges for all. Beachcombers will be excited to see the hand dyed treasures awaiting in the Pacific sea blues and catch a glimpse of coral reefs amidst sand dollar tans. There is a colorful surprise awaiting everyone in the Seashore collection!"
I decided to make another version of my Tidepools design for this project. My first version was all shades of blue, and I was excited to make it with more color!
For the blocks, I went with the blue fabrics on cream netting.
Then the decision about what to use for the borders! I thought this gorgeous deep blue with light blue was perfect for the inner border.
I decided to make the quilting simple this time, just swirls, using the light purple 40 wt Aurifil thread I received in addition to the fabric. It was the perfect color!
Here is my quilt hanging on my fence in the backyard. I wanted to take it to the beach for pictures, but the wind has been horrible this week again, so I had to settle for doing them at home this time...
I am delighted with this project! Tuesday was my birthday, and one of my girls sent me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I used my quilt as a tablecloth with the flowers on top, and it is gorgeous - I smile every time I walk by. Don't the flowers look beautiful on the quilt?
As part of the fun, we are all sharing a recipe for a seaside snack. At first I had in mind a yummy snack mix, but when I was out photographing my quilt, I realized I had a whole lot of ripe strawberries that needed picking - so my snack is Strawberry shortcake! I just use the recipe from the Bisquick Box, but since I am using a 6 inch cake pan, just cut it in half. (Since there are only two of us at home now, I try to make the treats in smaller sizes!) So 1 1/4 cups biscuit mix, 1 1/2 TBSP sugar, 1 1/2 TBSP melted butter and 1/3 cup milk. Mix it all together until you have a soft dough.
Press it into the buttered pan and bake at 425 for about 15 minutes. While it's baking, get your strawberries washed and cut. Mine were small, so I only cut them in half - about 2 cups of strawberries in all. Then add 1/4 cup of sugar - I add less than called for because they are already pretty sweet.
If you want to take your snack with you to the beach, assemble it right before you are ready to eat it, it is easy to do especially if you split your cake beforehand. Add half the strawberries on the bottom half, add the top half with the rest of the strawberries and some whipped cream and you are ready to eat!
Are you ready for something even better than Strawberry Shortcake? I have some nice pieces left of my Seashore Bundle and would love to share some with one lucky quilter! I will send four fat quarters to the winner of my drawing. I'm sure you will love these as much as I do - they are even prewashed and ready to sew with! Enter in the rafflecopter link below:
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Island Batik is also giving away 3 larger fat quarter bundles so make sure you enter there as well!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks for joining me on this blog hop! Here is the schedule for the rest of the hop - make sure you go to each blog, we all have our own giveaways, so lots of opportunities to win, and you will love each one of the Island Batik Spring and Summer lines. You will be inspired by each of the Ambassadors and their creativity, so don't miss out!
Seaside Summer Blog Hop Schedule
Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest
Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide
Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune
Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore
Pamela Quilts (me!)
Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt
Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds
Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox
Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon
Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam
Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around
Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools
Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea
Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing
Thursday Sep 1 - Splash
Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes