Friday, February 12, 2016

Into the Deep :: A Guest Post from Patty Sloniger!

Hello, everyone! I’m Patty Sloniger and I’m going to be guest posting about my new fabric collection “Into theDeep” today here on Making it Fun.

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! 


Comments are now closed!! 
And the winner is....
Teresa Stanulis who said...
"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. :)

Happy Sewing! 


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83 comments:

Lisa Swinney said...

Love this fabric line. I would make a quilt, and some paper piecing. I love how there are so many options with the two colorways.

kathy slaughter cummings said...

Wonderful fabrics!
My best quilts are the blues/teals/greens.... I want to do one with your collection! Thank you.
kcummings71@gmail.com

lalaluu said...

That dress at market is STUNNING! I also love the pillows and mini-quilts. I think I'd want to make my own pillow or mini-quilt to look at everyday!

Sarah J said...

I am planning a quilt for my daughter's kindergarten teacher in beach-y blues and greens (she's getting married on the beach this summer). This line would be perfect! Thank you!

Melissa said...

I love this line! I could see a really fun rainbow sea quilt with these lovely fabrics!

Jennifer Packard said...

I would make a quilt using the "Perfect Ten" pattern by Swirly Girls. The pieces are large and showcase great prints, like those in "Into the Deep"!

Anonymous said...

Love the fussy cut seahorses - I think I'd have to do something with that...maybe a beach tote? Great line! jvermunt(at)shaw(dot)ca

Anita said...

Oh my goodness! I love this new line Patty! I would of course make a quilt with it. More than one. I love the fussy cutting examples so I think I would start with an English paper piecing project first.

Elle Harris said...

Is it crazy to say I'd make my wedding dress??? I'm so in love with the mermaid scale dress that I'd create a similar dress for the big day. Ombre fabric mermaid of dreams xx

Tricia said...

Both colorways are grorgeous. I think I would mix them up to make a fabulous quilt, something with curves would go along with the waves.

Claire Sutherland said...

I would make a quilted tote bag to use at the beach x
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

tac73 said...

I'd love to use this fabric to make a quilt for my sister. Love all the projects you showed here.

Linda said...

HI,I'D LOVE TO MAKE A BED QUILT FOR US FROM SOME OF THESE>JUST SO PRETTY! THANK YOU FOR SHARING INSPIRATION+GIVEAWAYS!
msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Salsa said...

I would have to make a modern wallhanging for my living room to give it a punch of color. This will look so striking and beautiful against my grey walls. This would be he perfect way to bring the outdoors in since I'm now living on the coast! Best luck to all!!

Caitlyn said...

I was born and raised in Key West and love this new line! I want to make a heart quilt to send with my hjband when he goes out to sea duty this year with the Navy.

KelseyAnn Rose said...

My aunt just bought a new house and has a sea theme. I'd love to make a quilt for her to have there.

Jean Campbell said...

Marvelous colors and prints! My latest project is touch quilts for Nursing home patients. Besides tactile features, I want them to look pretty. Ruching is my latest fad. These would gather up nicely.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

These fabrics and all of these projects are wonderful! I'm a huge nautical fan and am constantly making nautical quilts. I think I'd like to do something EPP and fussy cut the heck out of this line. :)

Karen said...

Oh, what great colors and prints! I'd definitely make pillows for my daughter's new home. She's moving from Florida to Maryland--with water everywhere--and loves aquas, periwinkles, turquoise . . . you've got them covered:)

Anonymous said...

Mixing the two colorways together is a great plan and that little triangular beauty by Debbie G would be something I would like to attempt. Thanks for the ideas and the giveaway. Kathy in Colo repzjratplainsdotnet

Jedi Meg said...

I would make a beach bag!

Sara Wilson said...

I would love to make a tote bag to take to the beach, of that beautiful mini.

Briana said...

I am making a playmat for my kids with a world map panel and would love to add these fabrics to that project. My goal is to make learning about the world, travel, cultures and the natural habitats of animals fun through play. Thanks for the giveaway but I will be purchasing these if I win or not. I need them in my life! Vitaminpez@yahoo.com

Linda B said...

Living on the east coast I can understand all your memories....The fabric is awesome....I would definitely make a quilt with a few pillows to match...

Amorette said...

I would love to make a mermaid dress of my own! (In my dreams!) Maybe I could shoot for a quilt instead, I do love the fractal block pillow.

Renee said...

I love that dress! If I win I'd make a storm at sea quilt!

Vicki H said...

I would like to make a beach quilt for my sister.

Andrea York said...

Lovely projects with this collection! Both colorways are really nice.
I'd use the blues/teals for a quilt for my grandson and with luck I'd have enough left over to make myself a pillow!

caro bico said...

They are so pretty! I love anything that reminds me of the ocean. I would like so pillowcases or maybe shams for my bed.

Chris and Holly Steed said...

Love this fabric! It's so fun! I would make a quilt for a friend who likes the ocean and sent my husband and I on a cruise last year. :)

BFromM said...

I think I would have to do some fussy cut things with the seahorses. Those are adorable!

Lynne Tilley said...

I'd definitely love to make that adorable mini quilt with these fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

Emily C said...

Beautiful colors. I would make a ocean mini quilt.

Teresa Stanulis said...

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!
tstanulis@verizon.net

Joan and Kevin said...

I would make a quilt!
Thanks!

Sheri Croy said...

I love anything to do with the sea! I'd live to fussy cut the seahorses, but the waves are awesome.

Sarah said...

Ever since seeing the pics from quilt market, I've been waiting for this collection to come out! I would probably end up making a quilt and pillows for my living room… although deep down, I'd love to be able to make and wear that mermaid dress!!

Kathy E. said...

This is such a pretty collection! I love everything made from it in the photos. I'd make some summer placemats for the deck, along with a table topper. Can't wait for summer!

Isabelle K. said...

I'd like to make an ottoman cover for my living room and maybe a special surprise mini quilt for my quilty friend Christina (her whole house has the aqua/sea theme). These fabrics would brighten up any room!

PK Sews said...

My granddaughter and I share many beach memories, and I would love to make her a quilt with this wonderful collection. Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for sharing the story of your inspiration for the collection.

Beth said...

I think this line would make a gorgeous orange peel quilt.

Rilene said...

I want to make a boy's throw with those yummy blues and teals!

scottylover said...

I would love to use these for a quilt for a child. A friend works with a quilt ministry for children so I would love to make a top to send her.

Sandy A

Barb Tazelaar said...

What lovely fabric! I'm not sure what I would make ~ The hardest part would be cutting into it :-)

John said...

LOVE THIS FABRIC LINE!!! Want to try curves with flowering snowball throw.

Bec said...

I'd like to add to it a bit and make a nice size baby quilt.

Love the quilt with all the half-square triangles, but didn't see the name of it. It's right below the bolts of both colorways. It is beautiful and unique. I would love to make it. Where can I find the pattern?

SewDoUQuilt said...

I really adore your quilt. The quilting is beautiful. That would be fun to make. Pretty fabric. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Oh my gosh, that dress is stunning....but...I'd like to make something simpler like pillowcases with these lovely fabrics. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

GranChris said...

You have some great quilts made with this fabric. I really like the colors.

smoobug said...

I think I would have to make a quilt just for me, I love this fabric so much!

quilter said...

I would love to have enough Laguna to make a quilt for my bed, it is beautiful!
cork@pa.rr.com

Nancy Lewis said...

I love your quilt, and if I win, I would have to make one!! The colors just blend exactly!!

Donna Quimby said...

I would make a quilt for my daughter and son-in-law (he's in the Coast Guard).

SewSuzie said...

That dress is amazing! It has given me an idea for a skirt that I can make with your fabulous designs.

Nonna D said...

Before I made anything I would just sit and look at the fabric. The colors are all beautiful together!

Stacy Hadwin said...

I would love to make a quilt - and maybe a new weekender for our family's annual beach trip. It is all so gorgeous!

Kathryn Oppelt said...

I would love to use this line in the baby quilt I'm planning for my soon to be granddaughter...her room has a nautical theme! The colors are perfect!

O'Quilts said...

This is just lovely

Quilting Tangent said...

I would make a quilt with this beautiful collection. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Emily Blackmer said...

Beautiful colors! I would love to do a storm at sea block!

Janie said...

Love both colorways in this collection. Your projects are so inspirational. Thank you for the free download. I would make a lap quilt.

Amy said...

This is a lovely line. I would love to use this fabric to make a Thimbleblossoms' Swoon quilt.

Jen Barnard said...

I'd make a quilt, but other than that I don't know.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Shyama said...

Love love love the collection. I am head over heels in love with that gown. Inspired from it, I would like to make a little ombre skirt for my toddler.

Peaches1003 said...

These are gorgeous!! I especially love the wavy one with the little fish (mermaid?) tail sticking out. These would be great for so many projects but a storm at sea would be quite fitting

Sandra Gallant said...

I love this new collection, especially the blues/teals. I would have to start with a quilted tote for myself and then a quilt for my daughter as these are her favorite colors.

Lauren M. said...

Beautiful fabric! I would make a quilt, of course!!

Jill said...

Love this! I want to make some quilts for my girls and their dolls with this line.

Corinne said...

Been having fun making collage applique, like torn paper collage but with fabric. This would be perfect for it.

Afton Warrick said...

I'd love to use it for my ocean BOM: https://quiltingmod.wildapricot.org

annmarie said...

OMG - that Quilt Con dress is unbelievable! Great collection. I know twin 6 year old girls who would love a dress or even pillowcases from this fabric. They are in love with seahorses!

sop.hie.s said...

Such a beautiful fabric collection!! I love blue's and especially for my little girl this would go so nicely with her blue eyes. SO for sure a dress for here would be part of what I would make!!

Rebecca said...

I owe 2 grandgirls quilts. I'm sure they would find this fabric really fun....thanks for the chance. sewfabrics@outlook.com

OhioLori said...

LOOOOVE this Line! Awesome..and they are "My" colors for sure!!! :) Not positive...but think will make quilt for new Granbaby..his room is whales & sea creatures..I think this might just be different enough..but Special! The pops of color would be super! Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way! :D

Greta Honeycutt said...

A spring quilt. Those jellyfish are awesome! Gretahoneycutt (at) gmail (dot) com

Lori Smanski said...

lovely fabrics. i would make a quilt for a little boy
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

I'm still afraid of Jelly Fish here on the Atlantic haha.
They are still awesome tho and I'd paper piece multiple pillows for a window seat w/Into the Deep. Love the blues, turquoise and pinks/corals, very coastal:) Thank you.

bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

AHappyCarrot said...

Thanks for the mini quilt pattern! I am excited about this fabric line! My daughter has been wanting me to make her a quilt for her bed with greens and blues. I've looked at lots of fabrics, and saw this and showed it to her, and she loves it! Especially the jellyfish. So I'll be making a twin quilt out of it.

Mara said...

I want to create it ALL, the dress, sigh, lol, that probably won't happen, but mini quilts and the cute mini hoop jewelry is a possibility for me to create and make, Awesome fabric line!

Lia*s Handmades said...

I absolutely adore the EPP pillows, so fussy cutting for a sea-themed EPP pillow would be what I would make, love these! Gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lars Sone said...

I would love to make a quilt for my queen bed.
Thanks!
Laura.
larslaura27@gmail.com

Peg said...

I would make a larger version of the mini quilt.

Teresa Stanulis said...

Thank you so much! I responded to the email, sending my address. I'm so excited about seeing this beautiful fabric and sewing with it!
tstanulis@verizon.net