I’m so excited about today – my turn in Island Batik‘s Seaside Summer Blog Hop!
I’m sure you’ve enjoyed the first 3 days of this great Hop. If, by chance, you happened to miss the 3 previous days – and believe me, you won’t want to have – scroll way on down for the links. Be sure to read through to the end for patterns to be won!
First, I must say that it is such a privilege to be an Island Batik Ambassador and for so many reasons! We are spread out far from one another; nevertheless, there is an online friendship and camaraderie between us that is special. Another reason, of course, is the boxes of beautiful fabrics we receive to work with twice yearly. Yet another, this year, is the challenge of coming up with a new quilt design each and every month. It has inspired us to go in design directions, we might not have otherwise. I look at the quilts I’ve designed and made this year with the greatest pleasure. Were in not for Island Batik, they wouldn’t be, and what a shame that would have been!
I have to laugh at myself because at the start of this Island Batik Ambassador year, I was determined to create pieced designs. Instead, the fabrics seem to inspire me more often towards applique. This month, I tried something new to me – raw edge applique. It is generally done by fusing appliques to the background fabric, then stitching just inside the raw edge. I skipped the fusing step; just pinned them in place and started sewing. As with Christmas in July, I got ahead of myself with our themes by creating Coral Reefs back in February. The Holiday Hills and Sea Salt Sandy fabric lines, just begged to become those reefs. This time, it was the Seashore fabrics I had to work with and after spreading them out and admiring them, they told me what they wanted to be – an underwater scene – and so, Under the Sea was born. Get your scuba-diving gear and come along. The fish, turtles, sea horses, and others don’t seem to mind us at all. The mermaids, though, are diving out of sight. Obviously, they prefer not to be seen.
My Wonderful Seashore Fabrics
Seashore is a luscious line of fabrics! Just looking at them is inspiring! Working with them is a quilter’s dream. By clicking on this link you can see the entire Seashore line. Below are the fabrics I chose from among them to use for Under the Sea. You may recall from my turn last month, that both my sewing machines decided to need repairing at the same time. When I finally got them back, I was in a rush to get started, so 20 lashes with a wet noodle for me! I just hurriedly took fabric photos without pressing them first, then began planning and preparing.
Here is a view of the above, plus the others in the Seashore line. Aren’t they delicious? And, so is the recipe below them!
Recipe Time! – A Seaside Snack
Quick and easy to make, this cake needs just one bowl, measuring utensils and a fork. Because of that, the washing up is easy, which is a bonus. Perfect for a picnic at the beach dessert! – I don’t recall where this recipe came from, but our family has been making and enjoying it for years.
One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- Either: 2 squares (ounces) of Baker’s unsweetened chocolate or 6 tblsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1-¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 6-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- (⅓ cup of chopped nuts – optional)
- If using chocolate squares, heat oil and chocolate in an 8″ square cake pan, in 350°F oven for about 4 minutes.
- Remove from oven and add water, sugar, egg, flour, salt, baking soda and vanilla (all the remaining ingredients except for chocolate chips and nuts) to the pan.
- If using cocoa: add milk, oil, sugar, egg, flour, salt, baking soda, and vanilla (all the ingredients except for chocolate chips and nuts) to the pan.
Then, for both methods:
- Beat with fork until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Spread evenly across pan.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips (and nuts, if using them).
- Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cut into squares to serve.
Now for Prizes!
Leave a comment and your name will be entered into a draw to win 1 of my 2 patterns below, just on time for the upcoming celebrations. Winners can choose whichever one they would like.
There will be 3 winners chosen and announced after the last day of this Hop – September 3rd.
Boo Bags in 3 Sizes by Maria
Santa Stocking by Maria
Hope you enjoyed your visit today. I enjoyed having you drop by!
Be sure to visit all the other stops on the way!
Blog Hop Schedule
15 – Rain Forest
16 – Red Tide
17 – Sand Dune
18 – Seashore
19 – Surf Squirt
22 – Tradewinds
23 – Equinox
24 – Sea Canyon
25 – Sea Foam
26 – Spoolin’ Around
29 – Tide Pools
30 – Wind and Sea
31 – Spring Zing
1 – Splash
2 – Landscapes
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