Seaside Summer Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Island Batik Seaside Summer Blog Hop!  The fabric I am presenting is called Surf Squirt and it is sweet!  This fabric is bright, weighty, and lovely–it “feels” good!  I also teamed up with a great designer, Cindi McCracken, to do this project.  Her Jewel Box pattern seemed to be a fun match for this project.


The first thing I would like to talk about is the Sea!! I grew up on an island in the Aleutians.  The name of the island is Popof Island and the town is named Sand Point.  It is 2 hours 15 minutes from Anchorage by plane or 40 or so hours by ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway (which only runs in the summer months).  It is a fishing community.  The people live by the sea.


My sister still lives there and as you can see, it’s beautiful!

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 My sister, Amy lives in a little tiny house right next to a beach.  Her house is beachy themed!  She loves the ocean, this island, and spending time hiking.  What better than to make a picnic quilt for her using this C-U-T-E collection?!
The first thing to do was make this project:

It was such a fun easy pattern that I started at noon cutting and the whole top was completed (without borders) by 8!


I have to say that between the great written directions and superior graphics this pattern by Cindi McCracken was SO EASY!  I got a little crazy on the borders and pieced them together from the brights.


I just want to say is that putting on the borders can be tricky.  One thing I work on when I place borders on is measuring through the middle, cutting my borders based on the measurement I get. Pinning the middle and each end.  I work both from the middle towards one side and also from the edge and pin to the middle–moving back and forth.  Pressing, measuring and pinning can make a huge difference on how nicely a border fits.

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Here I am with Cindi.  I used what was left of the fabric and pieced the back together.  I love a pieced back!

 My quilt is going to be completed by a new longarm quilter I had do a couple quilts earlier this summer.  Jessie Davis is the artist behind Rippers Anonymous.  She’s pretty talented!  Into the box and into the mail!

 Once this quilt top was completed I asked my sister for the best crab cake recipe she had.  Well, I have to say her best friend Hillary has the best spread I have ever had.   Here it is and please note this in NOT a fried crab cake.

Crab Cake by Hillary Smith

Take some fresh King Crab meat–about 2 cups and mix with 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and a couple of chopped up green onions (to taste).  Spread (or HEAP) on 4 multigrain English muffin halves and cook for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese melts/turns slightly brown.  Eat up!


I will be giving away this little package. I tried to get Rafflecopter to work but kept getting a “Bad Gateway” message and I don’t have time to get back to this part so…  I teach middle school in Kodiak, Alaska.  I will give this package to the person whose comment number is the same number as the students I have in my homeroom class on the first day of school (in two weeks). Good luck!:


The pattern is Jewel Box by Cindi McCracken.  The strip set is Hollywood Hills (and would be PERFECT for this pattern!) The Glass ball from a Japanese net and was found by my sister on the beach.


Island Batik Summer Blog Hop!


The Island Batik Ambassador’s are hosting a blog hop. Each day over the next couple of weeks, we’ll feature a new fabric collection and link to at least one Ambassador blog to see what she made with these wonderful fabrics. Be sure to follow along every day as we have lots of goodies to give away!


Here’s the schedule with the dates and collection names:

M 8/15 – Rain Forest
Kissed Quilts

Tu 8/16 – Red Tide
Free Motion by the River
Mary Mack Made Mine

W 8/17 – Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2

Th 8/18 – Seashore
Pamela Quilts
Maria Michael Designs

F 8/19 – Surf Squirt
Quilting Affection
Archipelago Quilting  (That’s me!)

M 8/22 – Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations
Bejeweled Quilts

Tu 8/23 – Equinox
Kauffman Designs
Del Lillians

W 8/24 – Sea Canyon
Lemon Tree Snippets
Bea Quilter

Th 8/25 – Sea Foam
Stone Cottage Quilts
Sew Supportive

F 8/26 – Spoolin’ Around
Sallys Quilting Corner

M 8/29 – Tide Pools
Inchworm Fabrics

Tu 8/30 – Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake
Patchwork Breeze

W 8/31 – Spring Zing
Desert Bloom Quilting
Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Th 9/1 – Splash
Kissed Quilts
The Patchwork Pearl

F 9/2 – Landscapes
For Quilts Sake