I’ll also be sharing a free pattern and instructions for making this Starboard mini quilt that was in my booth at FallQuilt Market.
So what’s the inspiration behind my new collection? Well, I grew up on the east coast with many fond memories of trips to the seashore, so I’ve been itching to create an ocean-themed collection. I’ve been contemplating ideas and sketches for a few years and it finally seemed to be the right time to put those ideas on paper, so to speak.
As a child, I vividly remember the bobbing heads of people far out in the waves and imagining what mysteries lie beneath the surface, possibly swimming right past their feet and they didn’t even know it. As I got older, I too was allowed to swim further out and it was the excitement of being in the ocean balanced against the fear of the unknown... and of jellyfish! Which were both awe-inspiring and frightening at the same time.
In this collection you’ll find graceful jellyfish, dapper seahorses, sea plants, the occasional baby squid and lots of waves! There are Japanese inspired linearwaves, scalloped polka dot waves and fractured, stylized waves... you can never have enough waves in the ocean! Mariner Dot is a great variation on a staple (and vaguely reminiscent of octopus suckers.) And of course, starfish and bubbles in the large-scale anchor print, perfect for big projects like clothing or tote bags.
Into the Deep is available in two colorways, Laguna and Tropical.
Laguna is full of the traditional deep blues, periwinkles and aquas associated with those early memories of the east coast.
While the Tropical colorway is full of bright, sun soaked colors you might associate with a summer vacation in the Bahamas or Key West.
Here are all the prints from both colorways, from Laguna to Tropical. Mix and match from both, it all works.
I love the pink mixed in with the navy and blue. And that little pop of green is perfect. (Sewn and quilted by Debbie Grosskopf)
The peachy-orange also mixes well with the blues from both colorways, and the SurfSide pattern in Pearl makes a fabulous low volume background. I made this little mini quilt using the mini quick curve ruler.
Combine all the navies, aquas and periwinkles from both colorways for a stunning range of ocean-y blues. As you can see, I found myself pulling these tones together quite frequently when I was sewing samples for Market. :)
|*Pillow cover using the Fractal Quilt Block|
If you’re going to QuiltCon this year, be on the lookout for my Under Currents quilt in the exhibit! It’s the dark blue quilt behind the gown with the diagonal waves. Oh, and the mermaid gown... isn’t it fabulous? I want to be able to wear it so bad! Designed by Alyssa Holub, and it’s the real deal, boned corset and all.
The fussy cutting! Lots of opportunities for fussy-cutting with these prints.
Remember that bit about a free mini quilt pattern at the beginning of my post? Well, here it is. You can find the free download here. Michael Miller is also giving away a bundle of fabric from Into the Deep along with some coordinating Cotton Couture solids, everything you’ll need to make your own Starboard quilt!
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And the winner is....
Teresa Stanulis who said...
And the winner is....
"The colors are so rich and beautiful! I think I would make some quilted pillow shams for my master bedroom. Those hues would match the watercolor pints of Bermuda I have on the walls there!"
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into my new collection and that you’re inspired to make some amazing things with it!
For more inspiration, check out my instagram feed. And please, please tag me if you post your projects, I absolutely love seeing what you make. :)