Hi and Welcome to my day on the Island Batik Ambassador's Hop! I'm glad you're stopping by.
My collection is Red Tide. It's a mix of colors, and I had an assortment of orange and red, purples, and greens. There are some lovely designs in this collection, and I especially love the purple swirls.
What would you do if you were given a group of 1/2 yard cuts? I wanted to make a quilt. Nothing too big, as it's hot and my new studio only has fans, so far. I don't have a long arm, and do my own quilting. So, smaller works for summer projects.
I wanted something different, too. Not a published pattern, but something fun. I went looking for block designs for inspiration. Nothing was named for Red Tide, or Seaside. I didn't want boats, because I was going to use the orange and purple selections. So, for inspiration, I went to Quilters Cache and found the Triangle Chain block. I love the look. It's different. But I wanted it bigger. Marsha has it as a 9".
I played in EQ7 #EQ25 to change the size and make it easier to cut. I decided a 16" block would work. That made each quadrant 8". The lighter purple Half Triangle Square finishes at 4", the sashing and "cornerstones" are 2" (cut 2 1/2"), and the smaller orange HSTs finish at 3". Large purple HST piece is an 8 7/8 square, cut on one diagonal. Larger orange HST is a 6 7/8 square, cut on diagonal. Each section should be 8 1/2" before you join them to make one square.
Then the fun begins! What happens when you play with the layout??
Here's the EQ7 layout.
I love it!!
And then I found the green/purple fabrics I had actually set aside for a different top, and liked them better. So, change the orange to green. I made 4 large blocks, added a 2" border (cut at 2 1/2") and a 4" (cut at 4 1/2) border, because that would need 4 strips, and I had 1/2 yard.
I went to the Island Batik website and downloaded the actual photos from the fabric, to upload into EQ7, and see what the prints will look like. I also played with a dark blue for the cornerstones, but liked the bright green better.
I love being able to get an idea of the quilt using only EQ7 on my computer. I knew I didn't have lots of fabric, and couldn't afford to make a mistake in cutting.
Although I knew I wanted the quilt to look like a large star, I put the blocks on my design wall to see how they worked in a different arrangement. I put the border fabrics next to them, just to double check. While this is a fun layout, and the purple and green sections make really interesting designs, it didn't have the impact I was hoping for.
Ah, Eureka! That's it! I love the purple star points! Don't be afraid to play with your blocks to see what happens when you change the direction. The difference here is just turning the block, all pointing a green section to the center.
So, here's the finished top.
Here's one of the blocks, with a hint at the quilting.
This one finished at about 45" square. The larger blocks were fast and easy to make, and made a quick top.
And my summer recipe!
I love zucchini bread. Since it's something you can make ahead and freeze, it's the perfect thing to bring to the beach, for a treat after swimming. Although when I'm eating it at home, I prefer it lightly toasted and buttered, it's great for a quick snack, too.
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom (optional)
¼ tsp baking powder
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups peeled, grated raw zucchini (I always add a little more).
1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans).
- Preheat oven to 350*. Grease and flour 2 large loaf pans (as in photo), or 3 small pans. (My small ones are about 4 x 6).
- Cream eggs, oil, sugar and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
- Sift together the remaining dry ingredients, and stir into the egg mixture. Add zucchini, nuts and vanilla, and stir until combined.
- Pour into the prepared pans, and bake for about 1 hour. Knife inserted in center should come out clean, but moist.
Seaside Summer Blog Hop Schedule
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
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Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my novel, lol. Please remember to visit the other Ambassadors!