Island Batik

Beach Themed Quilt Blog Hop with Island Batik and Deb Tucker Studio 180 Designs

It’s time for another month of quilt eye candy! Let the May 2023 Island Batik ambassador blog hop begin. This month I was given the absolutely gorgeous new Island Batik fabric line called Sea Cookies. The challenge was to use a tool from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. I got the Split Recs rulers which has been on my wish list for a while now. Welcome to my beach themed quilt blog hop. Enjoy!

I call my quilt “Shore Break”. This design has been floating (no pun intended) around in my head for quite some time. My new ruler was perfect, as were the beach-themed fabrics. Using my Electric Quilt 8 software, I came up with the quilt and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

Disclosure: Items in the post were generously provided by Island Batik, Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread and Schmetz Needles.

The Fabric

Sea Cookies was designed by Kate Colleran of Kate Colleran Designs. Filled with beautiful pinks, blues, teals, yellows and greens, it is a wonderful collection. Many of the fabrics incorporate a beach theme. You can find starfish, sand dollars and flowers scattered among the fabrics.

In addition to the pack of 20 half yard cuts from the fabric line, I received 2 yards each of more fabric from the line, the dark and light versions of the starfish fabric (pictured on the left). I paired that with one of Island Batik’s neutral foundations called Ghost (the cream colored one in the photo on the left).

For my quilt I alternated a row of one of the new fabrics with a row of the neutral. Using the ruler I tried to make it look like waves breaking on the shore. For the borders I used the two off-white fabrics from Sea Cookies and combined them with the two darkest blue ones to form the waves around the outside.

Finally, for the back I used the lighter yardage from the quilt combined with other Island Batik yardage I had on hand.

The Ruler

I have always wanted Deb Tucker’s Split Rects ruler. Half rectangles can be tricky to make and this tool makes it much easier. As a quilt pattern designer it opens up a whole new world of designs for me.

The tool comes with a handy instruction pamphlet and once I tried it a couple of times I was off and running. Best of all, each one of my units came out perfectly. I can’t wait to use it again.

I used two different sizes for my half rectangles. The waves around the border were about an inch larger than the center ones.

Other Quilt Specs

For the batting I used Hobbs Bleached Cotton It had the ideal drape that I was looking for. To piece it I used Aurifil thread (Butter) which matched the background fabric perfectly. The needles I used were Schmetz Microtex 80/12 which are ideal for sewing with batiks.

I sent this out to my longarmer Melinda Keppler of Scottiebelle Designs. She did a wonderful job quilting water and dolphins into it! It adds a fun touch to the piece.

My Beach Themed Quilt Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Thank you to all of the sponsors for this month’s blog hop.

I am doing a giveaway of some charm squares of this fabric line on my Instagram and Facebook page. Look for the post with the photo below and it will tell you how to enter.

Sea Cookies Is Shipping to These Stores Soon!
Accent Sewing IncMurrells InletSC
Appletree Fabrics-MAAuburnMA
Betty’s Quiltery-SDRapid CitySD
Bird In Hand FabricBird In HandPA
Bismarck Sewing & QuiltingBismarckMD
Boutique 4 QuiltersWest MelbourneFL
Cotton WeedsFreeportME
Creekside Quilts-ORGales CreekOR
D & D SewingPlaistowNH
Divine Threads-NYManliusNY
Fab FabricsSt GeorgeUT
Foust Textiles-NCKing’s MtnNC
Hancocks of PaducahPaducahKY
Heart & Home-CTDanielsonCT
Keep Me in Stitches-ClearwaterClearwaterFL
Kentucky Quilt Co.Bowling GreenKY
Kiki’s Quilt Shack-CAFresnoCA
Kilauea KreationsVolcanoHI
Mainely Mimi-MEWellsME
Mulqueen Sewing & Fabric CentersMesaAZ
My Favorite Quilt Store-TXHumbleTX
Nine Patch FabricsChantillyVA
People, Places, & QuiltsSummervilleSC
Quilt Passions – HIKailua KonaHI
Quilt Passions-CAMission ViejoCA
Quilt-agious LLC-WIEagleWI
Quilted ThreadsHennikerNH
Quilter’s Attic-NYPine BushNY
Quilter’s Corner-NYIthacaNY
Quilter’s Emporium-TXStaffordTX
Quilters Quest-ILWoodridgeIL
Rushin’ Tailor Skagway-AKSkagwayAK
Rusty Crow Quilt ShopNags HeadMC
Ruth’s StitcheryColorado SpringsCO
Serendipity QS-DEDagsboroDE
Sew What Fabrics/Batiks Etc.WythevilleVA
Sew With Me-MNLake ElmoMN
Sierra PatchworksFernleyNV
Spoiled Quilter-TXFayettevilleTX
Stitchin HeavenQuitmanTX
Stylish Fabrics BerninaLoganUT
Sweet Time Quilting-SebastianMElbourneFL
The Electric NeedleMadisonWI
The Stitching PlaceIndianolaIA
Vicky’s FabricsKapaaHI
Whale’s Tail-AKKetchikanAK
Yankee QuiltersSeymourCT


  1. Jennifer Thomas

    May 10, 2023 at 8:13 AM

    Hello Claudia! I really love the movement in your design. It does look like waves breaking. It’s beautiful. Have a great beach week!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2023 at 8:26 AM

      Thanks! I did have a fun time at the beach!

  2. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    May 10, 2023 at 9:21 AM

    I love this, Claudia!! This is a great design for this line of gorgeous fabric!!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2023 at 8:26 AM

      I love that line too!

  3. Joyce Carter

    May 10, 2023 at 9:47 AM

    Beautiful quilt Claudia! These fabrics were perfect for your design. I really love these fabrics.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2023 at 8:26 AM

      Thanks Joyce!

  4. Lori Smanski

    May 10, 2023 at 5:52 PM

    wow this is gorgeous. I bet this fabric was fun to play with. thanks for sharing and inspiring

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2023 at 8:25 AM


  5. lee

    May 10, 2023 at 6:55 PM

    I love the waves ! Beautiful quilt!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2023 at 8:25 AM

      Thanks so much!

  6. Maryellen McAuliffe

    May 11, 2023 at 12:50 AM

    This is so pretty, and it does look like waves. Great quilting design to compliment it.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2023 at 8:25 AM

      Thanks so much Maryellen. It was fun to make!

  7. Maureen

    May 11, 2023 at 8:31 AM

    Do you sell this pattern?

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2023 at 8:25 AM

      I do not sell this pattern, but I am thinking aobut it!

  8. Susan

    May 16, 2023 at 10:58 AM

    Pretty fabric. I like the quilting too. To bad I don’t do FB, Instagram or other such social media.

  9. Dottie

    May 16, 2023 at 12:57 PM

    Really like your water quilt. The fabrics are so pretty. Happy you got to use the fancy ruler that was on your list.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 18, 2023 at 8:24 AM

      Thanks so much Dottie. It was a fun one to make!

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