Seaside Summer Blog Hop

Just a note: Keep your comments coming until the September 7 drawing. If your comment doesn't appear its because I might not have any internet at THE LAKE this holiday weekend!

Growing up living on one of Michigan's most beautiful lakes - Higgins,  surrounded by the massive in-land seas of the Great Lakes, summer seemed forever and childhood seemed idyllic.  A move as a young adult  took me to the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia and the peace of crashing waves continued.

I could say the sand, water and seashore are just in my blood.




The Sea Foam collection by Island Batik is so very, reminiscent of the varied textures and colors of growing up in a cottage, with its homey unmatched furniture and covered cushions




Wave with its beadboard-like, straight-line echo quilting, was tentatively designed as a prototype of a very large wall hanging, but grew organically out of the sea of these lovely batik fabrics into a table mat. 24" x 46"



Give-Away: September 7 drawing

Leave a comment for a chance to receive a scrap bundle of  Island Batik Seam Foam Collection  Sorry, Island Batik Ambassadors are exempt from the give-away. -USA only due to postal rates.

A most favorite 'seaside' snack:

1 hotdog, grilled over an open fire + 1 hotdog bun + Condiments to taste. Assemble carefully and sit on the dock with the water lapping at your feet. Repeat as desired! Ahhh! Childhood memories.


Follow the Island Batik Ambassador's blog hop schedule below for more Sea Side Summer Creations

Summer Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest  KISSed Quilts

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Free Motion by the River

Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Purrfect Spots

KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

Tammy Silvers

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

KISSed Quilts

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Archipelago Quilting

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Adele Mogavero * Del~Lillian's

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Lemon Tree Snippets

Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Stone Cottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Sallys Quilting Corner


Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics


Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

KISSed Quilts

The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

For Quilts Sake



Summer is always a challenge to get any sewing done,  Island Batik's July challenge- holiday or winter in July, was the theme.  I chose to do a 15" table topper that can be used as a hot-pad for a casserole pan with Insul-Bright and Warm&White batting.  This snowflake-esque block is called Winter Fleur. It is a design that Mary Warner-Stone and I collaborated on for The Quilt Pattern Magazine's  July 2016 Issue.

Winter.Fleur-BJD_MWS     JulyTQPM


This month's Island Batik Ambassador's challenge is Modern Batik.Modern Batik Challenge Urban Squares©  is my contribution to this fun challenge. As you can see I have not yet finished Urban Squares©  quilting. It has been a total 'challenge' to be able to make the time to sew with so much summer family activities, deadlines for 3 patterns for The Quilt Pattern Magazine,  as well as health issues.  I do look forward to sharing the finished project and announcing the pattern availability in Stone Cottage Design's Craftsy store. Please be patient!  This one is fast and fun, unless you are me!



 Build a Sunny Brick Wall and Plant it too!

As an Island Batik Ambassador I have the privilege of participating in the Mini Madness Challenge.  The creations are to be 24" x 24" or smaller. I was fortunate to work with Florida Oranges Stamps, Island Batik's  5" charm pack. I had such fun using my favorite brights, and most of all the orange-yellows that I love so much, to build and plant my Sunny Brick Wall.

To receive your FREE copy of Stone Cottage Designs' Sunny Brick Wall it is as simple as 1-2-3: 1. Subscribe for Updates, 2. Comment on this post and 3. Send an email to: info@stonecottagequilts.com, Subject Line: Sunny Brick Wall,  (Then tell your friends where they can get their own free copy, as well.)  What color will your Brick Wall be?  Sunny like mine? Or maybe tropical in cool blues, soft pastels or warm autumn colors? Whatever your choice, let me know. I would love to see and post a photo of your creation to share with our reader! and at Stone Cottage Designs-Quilts Facebook page.

Florida Oranges Snaps
Choose fabrics: Island Batik Florida Oranges Snaps
Audition the Mortar
Audition the Mortar - Hands down my first choice won out!
Stack the Bricks with Mortar
Stack the Bricks with Mortar
Plant the Flowers
Plant the Flowers (17" x 24")
Flower Detail
Flower Detail
Island Batik Mini Madness
Island Batik Mini Madness