Sunday, June 7, 2015

Watercolor Sea Horses

Summer Sea Horses

A few months ago, I had  fun testing out some new  quilt patterns that were designed by my friend, Elaine, of Summercrafter blog.

The first quilt I'd like to share with you is a delightful little quilt with sea horses!  This is a perfect project for summer. The quilt is made by  piecing using Half Square Triangles and corner units.  

Quilt Pattern:    Watercolor Sea Horses        by    Summercrafter
                         -pdf file  ( immediate download after payment)  HERE

Watercolor Sea Horses quilt pattern 

My Watercolor Sea Horses Quilt:

Watercolor Sea Horses     by Susie's Sunroom

Quilt Dimensions:     48" x 54"

Fabrics:   Spring House   by Moda  Stephanie Ryan
           I used a charm pack and some yardage 
              Michael Miller  Fairy Frost    for the backing
Batting:   Warm and Natural

Thread:   Aurifil  50 weight for piecing together - white
              Aurifil  50  weight for quilting top - Color Me Happy  light green 3320

This is the  finished flimsy quilt top .   Can you see all of the little blocks in this picture?
The flimsy top piece

I love the rows of waves on the top and the bottom of the quilt!  
Elaine's pattern is very detailed, with excellent graphics and directions. 

Quilting details: 
-  variegated light green ( from the Color Me Happy collection)  Aurifil thread for the quilt top.
First, I quilted around each seahorse figure. Then, I  decided to quilt "Curvy Organic Lines" ,  to give the illusion of water currents and movement.

The quilting thread is light in this section of the quilt.  You can see a hint of green near the bottom edge of the picture

I kept the width of the up and down pathway at  about 1 1/2 inches.  
Painters tape and pins help mark off the 1 1/2"  wide vertical columns
 for quilting the organic curvy lines 

 The sea horses seem to be floating up and down in the water, don't they?   Elaine told me that the quilting reminded her of "sea weed" !

The Back:

I pieced together some of the leftover strips , to insert in the middle of the yellow and white Fairy Frost fabric .  And then made a little label.   

The pieced backing


This little sea horse quilt is staying in my family!  
Note to self:    This would make an awesome baby quilt.

By the way..... Summercrafter has 3 new quilt patterns in her "My Shop".   They are all  on sale now!

*** click on  “MY SHOP” on the beach, in the upper right margin and it will take you there. Use the code “FINALLY” and get 10% off! ***

I'm off to my sewing room!


My husband had this suggestion-   " Your quilt  back looks like a raft floating in a big pool."

" You need to have a lady in a bathing suit , with a big hat , laying on the raft!"

Linking up at:   Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts   and
                       Sew  Darn Crafty @ Sew Many Ways   and
                         Fabric Frenzy Friday @  Fort Worth Fabric Studio  and
                        Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @  Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. I love this quilt! I would want to cuddle under this all year long. I'm still nervous to move beyond basic patchwork quilts, but I really want to make this!

    1. S Mare, if you can make HST blocks, you can make this!

  2. Ooh, this is just too adorable! I love how the squares on the tummy give the effect of scales. I have a soft spot for seahorses. We had a family of them cast in resin with stone chips sprinkled throughout made by my father hanging in our bathroom when I was growing up. I liked how the abalone shell sparkled and looked so beachy. I just might have to give this pattern a try!

  3. You did an awesome job!! I totally love this quilt!

  4. Adorable pattern! I really like how your binding color shifts. Very true to the ocean color.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

  5. Haha! Love your husband's comment! The seahorses look fabulous, such pretty colours.


  6. You did a great job with this really fun pattern Susie! I think your wavy quilting makes the seahorses look like little kelp fairies. It is the perfect touch! Wow you can really see how many pieces you put together when you view the flimsy.
    Laughing over the sunbathing lady you added at Al's suggestion. You are the queen of finding perfect props!

  7. What a wonderful quilt you have made from a sweet pattern! It is gorgeous from A to Z!!!

  8. Very darling -- love the lady on the floater on back!! Elaine sure has created some sweet patterns!!

  9. Your sea horses are just lovely and the quilting fits perfectly!

  10. YAY! Susie your pattern came out great, I especially love the color combinations you used. Your quilting has also come such a long way. Thanks so much for agreeing to be an "official" pattern tester and for your honest feedback. And I agree that Marie can pull this off, and it's perfect for summer and easy to enlarge if you wish! Hug to you Susie! xoxoxo Thanks so much for the shout out!!

  11. Beautiful quilt. How do I order the pattern???

    1. You can get it at Elaine's shop SummerCrafter :


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