End Nears for Island Batik Seaside Summer Blog Hop

Only 3 more days after today.

As the end of summer nears,
I am one of the Island Batik Ambassadors who is at the tail end of this summer blog hop. I hope you have been following along daily and entering for the giveaways. I, too, have a giveaway that I will tell you about at the end of this post. 

In the United States, Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of September.
It is a day to recognize the contributions of American workers of all industries to the U.S. economy. It is also the day that we usually take time to enjoy one last summer excursion or event. There may be picnics, watching a parade, or perhaps, if the weather is still warm, a trip to the lake, river or beach. 

My quilt was made with a selection of fabrics from the Wind and Sea collection.
The colors are lovely.

I designed the 1,2,3 Sew Easy pattern about 10 years ago 
to use with fat quarters from a fabric collection. And Island Batik fabrics all blend so well together that they all shine in this quilt.
The pattern is easy to cut and to sew. Any quilting design works well on it. 
I have updated the pattern and it can be purchased from PatternSpot.com HERE.

The quilt measures 42 inches square, just the right size for a patio table or card table. 
I wanted to make it reversible.  
(I want to thank Theresa and Jake of Sui Generis Home Furnishings 
for allowing me to take my photos at their lovely store.)

Not having enough of one fabric for the back, I pieced (in a pattern) two Island Batiks I bought from Hancock's of Paducah. They went well with those on the front. (It is so nice that one can mix and match the Island Batik fabric of different collections to create marvelous quilts.) 

Michelle Fialek quilted it using Glide "Cool Grey" thread, 
which blended so well with all the colors.

Time spent at the seaside (or river, lake, park or at home) 
should include some type of food. 
All the Ambassadors included a summer recipe in our posts. 
I enjoy eating something cool, refreshing and light in the summer. 
My favorite go-to dish is all of that and SO easy to make!

Watermelon Salad

3 cups chilled watermelon (3/4 inch cubes)
1 cup chilled seedless cucumbers (cubes 1/2 inch or less)
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons mint leaves, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons basil leaves, finely chopped 
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Serve in small bowls. 
Serves 4-6
You made it to the giveaway details!

My giveaway is some of the Island Batik fabrics I have been using in projects this year. I have cut 30 5-inch squares for one lucky person. (I will only be able to send these to an address in the USA. But if you live outside the USA I will send you a PDF of the 1,2,3 Sew Easy pattern.) Just leave a comment on this post telling what your favorite summer treat is. 
Enter through the Rafflecopter below. Make sure I have a way to contact you if you are Rafflecopter's random selection. I will announce the winner on September 5.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
On September 7 check out the tutorial I will post on an easy technique to sew a tablerunner using 5-inch squares.

Thank you for visiting. 
Visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors' posts listed below and be sure to enter their giveaways, too.  

Monday Aug 15 – Rain Forest
Tuesday Aug 16 – Red Tide
Wednesday Aug 17 – Sand Dune
Thursday Aug 18 – Seashore
Friday Aug 19 – Surf Squirt
Monday Aug 22 – Tradewinds
Tuesday Aug 23 – Equinox
Wednesday Aug 24 – Sea Canyon
Thursday Aug 25 – Sea Foam
Friday Aug 26 – Spoolin’ Around
Monday Aug 29 – Tide Pools
Tuesday Aug 30 – Wind and Sea
Patchwork Breeze (You are here!)
Wednesday Aug 31 – Spring Zing
Thursday Sep 1 – Splash
Friday Sept 2 – Landscapes
For Quilts Sake 


  1. Beautiful quilt! My favorite summer treat is anything cooked on the grill. My husband is a master at grilling!

  2. My favorite summer treat is Snow Balls. You can find a snow ball stand on every corner in Baltimore.

  3. Love the mix of colors in your quilt! My favorite summer treat is fresh corn on the cob from one of our local farm markets...yum!

  4. I love Gelato in the summer!! Your quilt is gorgeous!!!

  5. I love home made lemon desserts. Nice work.

  6. your quilt is gorgeous. i love those fabrics. my favorite summer time treat is fresh fruit and lots of berries

  7. Love the colors in Wind & Sea and love your 123 Easy quilt. Every year I say to my husband, "It's almost summer - soon there'll be corn on the cob and garden tomatoes!" My favorites.

  8. My favorite summer treat are the fresh local berries. They are always so much sweeter.

  9. My favorite summer treat is watermelon, ice cold! Thanks for sharing your pretty quilt and for the giveaway.

  10. Beautiful! My favorite treat in the Summer is vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and drizzled with chocolate syrup. Thank you for the giveaway.

  11. Beautiful! My favorite treat in the summer is corn on the cob, and a cold glass of sweet tea. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway!

  12. Oh that quilt is just perfect to show off all those stunning batiks! LOVE IT!

  13. Great quilt design, and the fabrics are gorgeous. My favorite treat is ice cream, lol. Not just summer, though.

  14. Watermelon!!!! After a long swim.

  15. I love all the wonderful fresh summer fruit!

  16. Love Hawaiian shaved ice with a different flavor each time! Do prefer the fresh fruit of the summer....watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, etc. But shaved ice on a hot day....mmmmm! akronne17@gmail.com

  17. What a wonderful assortment of colors. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Nancy, it's a beautiful quilt, great photos and I love Watermelon Salad too!

  19. Island Batik does have a knack for coordinating their colors. My favorite summer treat: Cotton Candy. The one treat I look forward to at the fair.

  20. I like all the fresh fruits that are so delicious in the summer -- strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, peaches.

  21. The fruit. Watermelons, strawberries, honeydews, peaches, etc.

  22. I love strawberries dipped in chocolate.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

  23. My heart skipped a beat on that first photo! I love purple and it is just striking in that combination of fabrics! My favorite summer treat is ice cream. Not too unusual, but it's a baaad habit we have here since we live so close to Culvers where they have a flavor of the day posted on their marquee. It's a frozen custard treat and served in a fresh waffle cone, it can't be beat no matter what the flavor!

  24. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! Just like the ocean. Thanks for the eye candy and the great giveaway. My favoite summer treat is watermelon.

  25. The pattern and the richness of those fabrics! Oh, my! A feast for the eyes!

  26. Oh pretty pretty! Love the large proportion of purples to blue to green.
    I have a hard time picking a favorite treat or snack. Lately, I love chips and fresh salsa, smoothies, and lemonade.

  27. Your quilt is outstanding! My favorite summer treats are watermelon and all the fresh vegetables!

  28. I love all the fresh vegetables and fruits. Tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, peaches, strawberries you name it.

  29. Oh lord, my weakness is coffee ice cream

  30. What a way to showcase those awesome fabrics.

  31. Gorgeous Fabrics and a wonderful pattern! Ice cream and corn on the cob are my summer time favorites.

  32. Love your Quilt!! Fabrics are Beautiful!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

    Favorite Summer (& allll year really..giggle) is Ice Cream!! Do love all the Summer Fruits & vegies too...'specially peaches from our Orchard!! Cobbler! YUM!!

  33. Love your quilt, and the summer salad looks yummy. Thanks for the draw. raydeer@memlane.com

  34. My favorite summer treat is lemonade.

  35. Fresh tomatoes from the garden.

  36. My favorite summer treat is a really ripe, juicy peach or anything homemade using peaches. I would love to win this fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Green tea ice cream ;)
    Thanks for sharing..

  38. I love corn on the cob in the summer.

  39. My favorite colors....your pattern gives me inspiration for additional quilt designs.

  40. My favorite colors....your pattern gives me inspiration for additional quilt designs.