Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Island Batik Ambassadors Seaside Summer Blog Hop

It's time for my first blog hop as an Island Batik Ambassador!  I had a blast making my quilt for this event!

I was given the gorgeous Spring Zing collection of fabrics to play with:

I ended up using all the fabrics from the collection to make some really fun fish!

I started by cutting out a lot of really tiny (3/4 inch) hexagons using every fabric in the collection.  I also designed a fish and picked three fabrics to be the fish.  Then I got to work putting the hexagon scales on the fish.

The orange fish!

The purple fish!

The green fish!

As you can see above, I drew a triangular grid on my background fabric, another gorgeous fabric form Island Batik.  I then used this grid to do my quilting.  Here's a closeup:

I had a lot of fun quilting this quilt in a hexagon design!

A good day at the beach requires a snack.  Goldfish crackers would be too obvious, huh?  Well, here's my favorite summertime salad I bring to parties and would be great for the beach:

Veggie Pasta Salad

1 package fresh mozzarella
1/2 pound salami
1 package rainbow colored pasta of your choice
1/2 bottle Italian dressing
1 package cherry tomatoes
1 small head of broccoli
1 small head of cauliflower
4 carrots
1 cucumber
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
Green beans
And whatever other veggies you have!

Cut all veggies, salami, and mozzarella into small pieces.  Cook pasta following directions and run cold water through the pasta while it's in the strainer to cool it.  Mix all ingredients and about 1/2 a bottle of Italian dressing together and let sit for at least 1/2 hour.  Enjoy cool.  I love to go to the local farmers market and buy all these ingredients fresh in the summer.  It is a large recipe, so you may need to scale it down.

Island Batiks is giving away a GORGEOUS bundle of their batiks as a part of this bloghop!  You can enter by clicking on this link:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is the complete lineup for the blog hop!  Be sure to check out all the other fantastic quilts the Island Batik Ambassadors have been creating,.

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide 

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

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

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. Them fish have personality love them......

  2. What a cute way to use tiny hexagons!

  3. Wow! All those tiny hexagons turned into such cute little fishes. I really love the quilt.

  4. THIS is definitely the most creative use of batiks I've seen in following the blog. Thanks for sharing!

  5. this is so sweet. they are happy fish, i love this. and your quilting is fabulous. thanks for sharing how you did the fish. thanks also for the recipe. this really looks yummy

  6. Holy Mackerel...those aren't Mackerel! But they are too cute. I love love love them!

  7. I love this design and the quilting is wonderful!

  8. Such a fun quilt. I have loads of colorful buttons I might stitch on. The salad sounds yummy (and I have to make something for this next weekend's picnic).

  9. Those are adorable! Great recipe, too. Thanks!

  10. I adore the hexies you used...I would never have thought of that!

  11. cuteness! goldfish! my kids love goldfish to eat.. hexies make the cutest fish scales!
    I hope I get the quilt today, too.. I need to cut a bunch of units for the Summer Solstice QAL at happyquiltingmelissa.. I'm using a lovely bundle of Island Batiks that I won in an IB giveaway, for the QAL.

  12. One fish two fish, red fish blue fish, love the hexagon fish! (and love your book!)

  13. Love those fishy's, very cute :)

  14. Absolutely love those unique, creative, adorable fish! Same goes for your quilting design which enhanced them beautifully! Wow! Really great quilt!

  15. Wow, such a cute and clever design!

  16. I love the way you used the hexagons for the fish scales, so innovative.

  17. Your Quilt is GORGEOUS!!! WOWIE you are sooooo creative...the fish scales are AWESOME! Amazing Quilting too...AWESOME AWESOME job!!! :)

  18. Great Idea!! Love the little fishies!!!

  19. OMG! Love your Hexie fish. Love your project! Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Hexagon scales on fish! Now that's genius! Every fish should look so pretty and colorful. Great work!

  21. Love those fish and the quilting is gorgeous!

  22. Those fish are super cute. They remind me of the book "Rainbow Fish". Love your quilting too.

  23. Very cute fish! Thanks for sharing.

  24. I absolutely love this!! Those fabrics are SO pretty.

  25. Wow! I love your fish quilt! It's so colorful, thank you for sharing your project.