Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Seaside summer blog hop


Welcome to the Seaside Summer hop with Island Batik

A while ago I this beautiful bundle of fabrics

Sea Canyon collection

Lovely browns/purples and browns then greens and blues!


This was a quilt pattern I made for a quilt for Generation Q (green diamonds)  a few years ago and I wanted to turn it into a written pattern and also changed it to be more of a planned scrappy version.

It’s now called A Bag full of Diamonds and until Sept 1st, I’ll have it as a free download here


I tried to do more custom quilting on this one, some echo quilting around the “diamonds” and then sort of a flame pattern, then curves and swirls on the side borders.


I used scraps of batiks for the backing and added a purple strip down the middle.


here’s some shots of it outside Smile


and with the green diamond quilt I still have from Generation Q


I will have this pattern for FREE here until Sept 1st


We’re also sharing a summer snack and I’ve shared this recipe before once on my blog but make these ALL the time, they are SO good!

Oatmeal energy balls.


2 cups rolled oats (we get organic ones locally)

1 cup raisins

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

2/3 cup honey

2tsp vanilla

roughly a cup of chopped pecans

maybe 1/2 cup of coconut flakes

MIX them all together in a kitchen aid, let the bowl sit in the fridge for at least 30min then take out and with a spoon, spoon up a spoonful and roll into ball and put in an airtight container (I keep mine in the fridge)

They are REALLY yummy!


Here’s the line up of bloggers!

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest


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

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Del Lillians

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


Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics


Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

Kissed Quilts

The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

For Quilts Sake

I also have a giveaway!

a 5” roll of batiks and 1yd of batik

(US only)

Mine ends the 31st



a Rafflecopter giveaway

and one from Island Batik!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


Allison said...

Love your Diamonds and the colors you've chosen for it. And thank you for the chance to win!

sally johnson said...

I love this it came out fabulous..

Emily C said...

Your oatmeal balls look delicious.

Gene Black said...

I would love to see the Diamond quilt done in bright jewel tone batiks very scrappy. It is a lovely pattern.

Michele T said...

Great diamond pattern and I just love batiks!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Cecilia said...

I love your quilt! Thank you for sharing your pattern and for the great giveaway.

Calicojoan said...

Oh what fun! Nothing warms the heart more than those delicious colors!

annmarie said...

Both your diamond quilts are lovely - nice to see how different fabrics make a different statement.

Melody Lutz said...

Such a fun quilt!

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Lovely quilt!

anna brown said...

Love The diamonds and ty for the 2 color variations....Will half to run over look at pattern.....

Lorie Bugaiski said...

Lovely quilt!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilt Bea and thanks for sharing the pattern!

Quilting Tangent said...

Interesting quilt and snack.

Kathy E. said...

What a pretty quilt and I can just imagine all the options with other batik colors! Thank you for the free pattern and the yummy recipe too!

Monica said...

I'm not sure if I like the quilt or the energy bars the best.

Quilts for Sale said...

A unique design! Who doesn't love diamonds? :-)

tac73 said...

Love the colors of the fabrics and your design looks great. Energy bites sound yummy also.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I haven't sewn a lot with batiks yet. But they sure are beautiful. Karen

lalaluu said...

Lovely custom quilting!

Seacoast Quilter said...

Nice quilt - thanks for sharing.

Carol W said...

It's always fun to see what you are doing.

JANET said...

Love the fan print shown that you are giving away!! Will have to try the energy balls, they sound good.

Aimee said...

Beautiful quilts. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

Alison said...

great quilts!

Joyce Carter said...

Really beautiful quilt Bea! Thank you for the giveaway.

Sewgirl said...

Your quilts are great! Thanks for sharing the pattern. The energy cookies sound really yummy, thanks for sharing!

OhioLori said...

Love your design!!! Very cool! Thank you for recipe..definitely will try!! :) sounds Yummy!

Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too!!! :D

Rachel said...

Pretty! I thing the version with pale diamonds might make a lovely signature quilt! Thanks for sharing!

Lee said...

Great diamonds! thank you!!

Sewbig said...

Nice pattern and batiks are my favorite fabrics.

Vicki H said...

Your no bake cookies look yummy!

Lisa Marie said...

Your projects are always so lovely! And the recipe sounds delicious.

Bec said...

I like your pattern and your quilting is really nice. I love custom quilting to much better than edge to edge quilting. Thanks for the giveaway!

hueisei said...

Thanks for sharing the energy balls recipe!

GranChris said...

Your quilt came out wonderful. I so love these colors.

Anonymous said...

Lovely quilt and great colors!

Beth said...

You've been busy - what wonderful creations! Hope to win some of those beautiful fabrics - thanks, Beth C.

Dale said...

Nice quilting on your quilt. Thank you for the chance to win some of that beautiful fabric!

Deb M said...

Love your quilt and the quilting!

Cat Lady said...

What a fun design. The batiks do look like diamonds in the rough.

Lori Smanski said...

wow your quilt is so wonderful. i love the colors and different FMQ done
thanks for sharing the recipe.

Rachell said...

Yum! I love purple. Such a soft, warm feel to your quilt.
I'm working on my very first quilt using Island Batiks--so far, I'm in love! I won a beautiful navy, green, grey and cream bundle for their SuperBowl giveaway a while back, and I'm using it for the Summer Solstice QAL at happyquiltingmelissa. I think working with curved piecing with the batiks will be easy!

Adele Mogavero said...

Bea, Lovely Quilt...and the cookies sound delicious!

Barb said...

Love your quilt

Dody said...

What fun! Turned out nice!

Paradise Threads said...

Love the batiks.

Linda said...

I love batik fabric!!! said...

The colors are very pretty in your quilt and your quilting is lovely.

Donna W said...

Thanks for sharing your quilt and yummy recipe with us.

Pamela said...

Nice quilt! Those energy balls sound yummy, too - I bet the grandkids would like those.

teachpany said...

Neat quilt! Thanks for the recipe.

PK Sews said...

I absolutely love your quilt - the design, the colors, the quilting, and the back are all awesome!

Kristine said...

Thanks for hosting! I love batiks!

LInda Pearl said...

How many times have we described the water at the beach as shimmering like diamonds? A perfect inspiration source, and a great way to reinterpret an earlier pattern...very nice job!