I'm taking you back to where I went to high school in California on the Monterey Bay with the "Seas the Day" collection.
The motifs in this collection which include sand dollars, star fish, bubbles, rope, lobsters, anchors and a shape that could easily be surf boards!
My newest design, "Sea Bubbles", used these beautiful fabrics that reminded me of my childhood as I also grew up here. My parents taught at the school for 38 years. So, when I think of 'school' I mostly think of this place.
Here is my new design on display at the top of the bluff
and down on the beach.
Here it is up close.
I chose to let the coloration of the fabrics that I chose migrate across the quilt on a diagonal as if the water is crashing against the sand and rolling up towards the bluff.
You may have seen my "Zoe" pattern over the years.
"Sea Bubbles" is sort of the grown up version of "Zoe".
I wanted to use fabrics from #islandbatik's Seas the Day line of fabric and make up a Zoe. Since Sea Bubbles was based on 8" finished squares, I chose to also do this Zoe version that way as well and put on small borders based on a 1/2" finished accent and then a fussy cut of the dark blue anchor fabric which when cut was about 1 5/8". The circle base was 8" and 4". If you've made Zoe, it has been a popular pattern and I have quilted many of my client's creations with it, then you get the idea of how this is made. The pattern is available as a PDF download at Craftsy.
I intended to have it done during July for our Oh! Baby! Island Batik Ambassador challenge, but I only got the top pieced that month. Glad it is now done and I can share it with you.
Here it is quilted and bound. I put a slate blue minky dots on the back.
Whether at the ocean or lake side ...these fabrics are so peaceful.
I'm going to share a copy of my new "Sea Bubbles" pattern to a random winner. I'm using Rafflecopter, please register and leave a comment below answering these questions: Do you quilt more for others or for yourself? Do you prefer something simple so you can talk with friends while you're sewing or do you enjoy a challenging design that requires focus?
a Rafflecopter giveaway
There are a few extra options that will give you extra entries --see the Rafflecopter for instructions.
Loving these fabrics? I know they are available at Hancock's of Paducah..
If you're in Southern California, you might want to ask Busy Bee Quilt Shop if they have them yet.
Sea Bubbles pattern available as a PDF download or physical copy if you ask me.
Thanks for stopping by on our Back to School Blog Hop.
Other Hop Stops today featuring "Seas the Day" fabrics:
Bernie - www.needleandfoot.com
Janet - https://www.facebook.com/WhispersOfYore/