Seaside Summer Blog Hop

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Welcome! Today for the Seaside Summer Blog Hop we are going to get up off the beach and head under the water. Grab your snorkel or scuba gear and follow me. I will be taking you on an adventure to find one of my favorite sea creatures, the seahorse

 
 

Now seahorses are commonly found hanging onto coral, seagrass, and seaweed, but be cautious of the waves and swirling currents, as we swim down to the reef. Keep your eyes peeled as we swim through the seaweed. Seahorses can be hard to spot and may just look like part of the plant.

Success! Over there! The very rare Spring Zing sub species of seahorse. They fall under the Island Batik species. You can tell by their brightness, and the variety of color and texture in the purple, green, and pink/orange color ranges. Another identifying trait is the distinctive H2O pattern that covers their bodies. The pattern was first identified by Leah Day. I hope you brought a waterproof camera with you because you will want a picture of them for your scrapbook.

When we get back up onto the surface I recommend you track down the Watercolor Seahorses Guidebook written by Summercrafter. Her information is very clear and concise, with good images to guide you through the information.

We will also make some cool and refreshing Agua de Sandia (watermelon augas frescas) to enjoy while we sit on the beach and talk about quilting. Oh, and did I mention already there is fabric and a Watercolor Seahorses pattern to be won? I didn’t?! Then stay tuned for more details a little later.

Agua de Sandia Recipe

Cubed Fresh Watermelon
1 lime
Water
Ice
Sugar

In a blender combine watermelon, water and ice. There is no perfect ratio. Just combine ingredients and add more watermelon, ice, or water as you go until a consistency you like is reached. Add in sugar to taste. Start with 2-3 tablespoons. Squeeze lime to taste.

Pour in glass and enjoy. Alcohol can be added to make it an adult beverage. Also, pineapple, mango, melon, or really any fruit can be used in place of the watermelon.

 
 

Quilting Details

When piecing the quilt top I tweaked the instructions a bit. I used 2 ½” strips for all my seahorse pieces. For the half square triangles I used the Creative Grids 45/90 multi size triangle ruler. Also, I expanded the sashing and background to make the quilt 64” x 74” finished. This project went together quickly and was very fun to make. I chose to quilt it at home on my machine instead of sending it off to a longarm quilter. All quilting is done with Aurifil thread (2311, 2435, 1320, 1243, 2890).

As usual I had lots of help making this project from my minion army. 

Also, here is some close ups of the quilting. Thank you for visiting. 

Giveaways

Desert Bloom Quilting Giveaway

There are 2 giveaways on this post. Both can be entered using the Rafflecopter widgets below. The first is my giveaway. You can win a bundle of 18 – 2 ½” strips from the Spring Zing fabric line and a copy of the Watercolor Seahorse pattern, generously provided by Elaine of Summercrafter. My giveaway will be open until the end of the day on September 6th.

 
 

Island Batik Giveaway

The second is for a fabric bundle from Island Batik. This one ends on September 3rd.

Seaside Summer Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide
Free Motion by the River
Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore
Tammy Silvers
Pamela Quilts
Maria Michael Designs
KISSed Quilts

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt
Quilting Affection
Archipelago Quilting

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds
Arkangel Creations
Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox
Kauffman Designs
Adele Mogavero * Del~Lillian's

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon
Lemon Tree Snippets
Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam
Stone Cottage Quilts
Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around
Sallys Quilting Corner
Toolontilkkupaja

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools
Inchworm Fabrics
MooseStashQuilting

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea
For Quilts Sake
Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing
Desert Bloom Quilting (you are here)
Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash
KISSed Quilts
The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes
For Quilts Sake