Island Batik Summer Blog Hop – My Turn!

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.

Under the Sea

Under the Sea – 36 x 24 inches

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.
  • Cool.
  • Cut into squares to serve.
  • Enjoy!

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

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

Kissed Quilts

16 – Red Tide

Free Motion by the River

Mary Mack Made Mine

17 – Sand Dune

Purrfect Spots

KnitBug 2


18 – Seashore

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

Kissed Quilts

19 – Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Archipelago Quilting

22 – Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

23 – Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Adele Mogavero * Del~Lillian’s

24 – Sea Canyon

Lemon Tree Snippets

Bea Quilter

25 – Sea Foam

Stone Cottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

26 – Spoolin’ Around

Sallys Quilting Corner


29 – Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics


30 – Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

31 – Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting


1 – Splash

Kissed Quilts

The Patchwork Pearl

2 – Landscapes

For Quilts Sake




  1. I’m just getting caught up now – the under-the-sea theme is perfect for your fabrics. And your snack had me at ‘one-bowl’…

    • Thank you, Linda. I like the “one-bowl” aspect of this recipe, too. Quick and easy to make as well as being delicious. 🙂

  2. Jenna Hudson

    Such lovely fabrics! Mmmm chocolate cake my favorite. Just need a tiny bit of coffee to bring out the flavor.

    • The fabrics are definitely lovely, Jenna. 🙂 Hmmm . . ., it has never occurred to me to add some coffee.
      Will have to try that next time.

  3. Sheila Ivany

    I can see how the fabric spoke to you. Your creativity in colour and design are spectacular in your quilt “Under the Sea “. Thank you for a chance to win . Happy Quilting 🙂

    • Sheila Ivany

      Sorry for the duplicate. I thought I had messed up when I didn’t see it at first. Please delete one thank you .

      • Unfortunately, because there are those who use these opportunities to spam and worse, most of us make the choice of approving all comments before they appear. That’s why it can take a while before your comments are seen. Some blog programs include a statement to that effect, which is a big help. If this one has that option, I haven’t found it yet. – Hope you won’t mind mine not deleting your duplicate because each is a little different and I appreciate them both.

    • Again, my thanks, Sheila. Good luck in the draw!

  4. Sheila Ivany

    You are very creative . What a spectacular use of the batiks , yes they do speak well in your quilt “Under the Sea”. Funny how some fabric just speak to you. Thank you for a chance to win . Happy Quilting 🙂 .

    • Thank you, Sheila. 🙂 I still have many fabrics on my shelves which have not yet chosen to speak to me. Hopefully, they won’t wait too long. Sooner or later, they all seem to. 🙂

  5. Maria,

    Love this quilt. I echo your feeling that being an Ambassador has helped me to create things I never would have without the themes, deadlines, and beautiful fabric. The whole experience so far has been a dream. The family is a great one.

    • Thank you, Jessica. Glad you like it. 🙂 It truly is a dream! – Am eagerly awaiting the fabrics
      that have been recently sent out!

  6. Squeakie ledman

    This is just adorable! It just cries to be hung over an aquarium !! Thank you for sharing

    • Thank you! Hanging it over an aquarium wouldn’t have occurred to me. Good idea! 🙂

  7. Sheila Langan

    Love your quilt!

  8. Nicole Sender

    Your quilt is outstanding! Also like your chocolate cake recipe!

  9. Joan

    This is fabulous! I love the underwater scene you’ve created…and that cake!
    Oh, I feel my thighs expanding as I think about it! Sounds wonderful!

    • Thank you very much, Joan! I’m very happy to have my quilt so well received. I know what you mean about the cake! 🙂

  10. Edith Gorzo

    Love your sea quilt, and chocolate cake, mmmm! Thanks for the draw.

  11. lee

    Your quilt is great!! Thank you!!

  12. Joanne

    Maria you have done it again with a beautiful art quilt. You are an inspiration. Those fabrics are all so yummy!

    • You have just made my day, Joanne. Thank you! 🙂 And yes, the Island Batiks are definitely yummy!

  13. Chris

    This is a beautiful quilt. Just swimming!

  14. Susan

    Love your quilt. Thanks for sharing with us

  15. Cecilia

    These are beautiful fabrics! Thanks for sharing your wall hanging! It is gorgeous!

  16. Karen Ogden

    Love the quilt, Under the Sea. And the fabric is beautiful too. Thank you for sharing. Karen

  17. Eileen Kinney

    Especially like the Christmas stocking. You can’t beat a nice Santa. Lol

  18. Those fabrics are out of this world….wonderful!

  19. anna Brown

    Wow very busy lady you did a great job on this quilt ty for sharing…..

  20. Nancy

    Love your “Under the Sea” view, especially the illusive mermaids. I am glad you have gone with some appliqué and not all piecing in your designing inspirations.

    • Thank you, Nancy. “Illusive” is a very good way to describe those mermaids!
      Will soon see whether next month’s design will be appliquéd or pieced. Don’t know yet.

  21. Maryellen McAuliffe

    Great quilt and recipe. I need to try that one.

  22. I love your seascape. Thanks for sharing it and the information on the fabrics. I love batiks for applique, they just done shred like regular fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway, too. That’s very generous of you!

    • I’m so happy that you like it, Susan. Batiks are wonderful for appliqué. I find them just as wonderful for pieced projects, too. You are right, of course. They don’t shred as much at all. – Good luck in my giveaway!

  23. carolyn montgomery

    these fabrics are gorgeous!

    • Aren’t they though! I can’t praise Island Batik fabrics high enough. We Ambassadors are very privileged to have these opportunities to work with them!

  24. Tac

    Both the fabric and the recipe look delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  25. Love the colors in this fabric group. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Thank you, Mary. Let me know if/whhen you try the recipe. All the chocolate lovers in our family love it.

  26. Cute quilt! I love the Seashore Line – such pretty colors. Will have to try your recipe – chocolate cake is always my favorite!

    • Thank you, Pamela. The Seashore line is fabulous. Let me know what you think of the cake when/if you make it. It is a chocolate lover’s dream.

  27. Joyce Carter

    I am not a big fan of sea creatures, but when I saw your quilt all I could say was “WOW!” It is simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.

    • How nice! I’m so pleased that you like something you wouldn’t normally! Thank you! 🙂

  28. Your quilt is so much fun!

  29. Allison

    Lovely quilt – and chocolate cake…what can I say…fab combination!

    • I do believe you are right, Allison. Chocolate cake goes with everything! 🙂 Thank you!

  30. Simply gorgeous. It really draws you in to the “Under the Sea” scene! WOW.
    Thanks for sharing.

  31. Shelley Sweere

    Beautiful applique Quilt. The colors are gorgeous!

    • Thank you – and yes, all the Island Batik fabrics are chock full of gorgeous colour!

  32. Lori Smanski

    ohh your quilt is just lovely. I love the fun action going on. what a fun snack. thanks.

  33. Beautiful work! Batiks are always perfect for applique!

  34. Allison Evrard

    Under the sea is just beautiful!

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