Ocean Dreams

Featuring Machine Embroidery Applique & Quilting in the Hoop


Do you love exploring ways you can bring more of this beautiful world into your quilting?

Are you dreaming of beautiful blue oceans and creation coming to life right before your eyes?

Ocean Dreams is about all of us dreaming of a world where the oceans are clean, fish are free to swim, and we can enjoy their beauty. It's a reminder of the gorgeous underwater parts of the world - and our responsibility to keep it that way. These fish remind us of the magic of creation as well as our need to be both independent and connected with each other.

Featuring the fun and beautiful fish from the popular Yellow Submarine Block of the Month Quilt, Ocean Dreams allows you to have some of these fish in your home on a smaller scale. 

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Make your own aquarium or porthole window with the round Ocean Dreams quilt! It's a lot of fun thinking outside of the traditional blocks and squares of the quilting world and make something entirely different!

The circular quilt measures 27" across and features 4 small fish and 3 large fish, but you have a total of 24 small fish and 24 large fish to choose from!

The rectangular quilt measures 27" x 15" and also features 4 small fish and 3 large fish. This version makes an awesome table topper or wall hanging and can be expanded to make a queen size pillow (fits a 30" x 20" pillow form).

The fish are in school formation and you just know they're living their best life. The water moving around them is beautiful and reminds us that peace and chaos can coexist. The vast ocean is unpredictable and yet calm, somehow all at once.

Water washes away our fears and insecurities and never stops flowing - and that's something I want for you. A reminder. Don't be afraid to start something new. Don't doubt yourself. Just flow.

Ocean Dreams Collection

Combining machine embroidery applique and quilting in the hoop in several amazing projects, Ocean Dreams is a collection you want in your library, ready to grab at a moment's notice.

From the beautiful circular quilt to the rectangular one, there are so many things you can do with these designs beyond even what we are showing you here!

Fish Machine Embroidery

Transform Your Ocean Dreams into Gorgeous and Useful Baskets...

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Ocean Dreams includes instructions on how to make the Continuous Fish Basket and the Paneled Fish Basket. The included quilting designs make a gorgeous base!

This is a great project to showcase your favorite fish designs and fabric plus it's so useful. These baskets stitch up quickly and are a lot of fun to make, you might just find yourself making a whole school of fish baskets!

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You don't have to stop there, though. The full Bottomless Basket Pattern shows you how to turn any design collection into a basket with this - and it's included in Ocean Dreams.

Why "Bottomless"? Because the base isn't stitched in - making it a much easier make than a traditional basket. Plus the removable bases make beautiful plate chargers, wall décor, and more.

... Or Get REALLY Creative and Make Something Else Entirely!

The fish included with Ocean Dreams come in both stand alone applique designs as well as small and large hex blocks with quilting. The quilting designs will also work for many projects. It's a Design Collection that keeps giving! 

We made these gorgeous wallets by combining the gorgeous quilting designs with MEL's Everyday Elegance Clutch & Wallet Collection... what will you make?

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~ Becky G ~

I am working on the Yellow Submarine Quilt and love it. Beautiful! I am enjoying all of the video lessons and the instructions are excellent. Sarah is so talented. It is a blessing and a joy to be able to sew her designs!

~Melanie P ~

I’ve learned so much through this process. I knew she was fantastic, but until I started this class I now believe you are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
I mean that from my 💕. I’m learning tips for things I’ve wondered about for years! Thank you Sarah Vedeler.

~ Dianne G ~

I'm a total newbie to machine embroidery, but with Sarah's guidance and instructions, I'm able to do this and enjoy the process. There are many experienced people in this group who are most generous and informative.

What's Included with
Ocean Dreams...

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Detailed Instructions


You’ll receive detailed written illustrated instructions to make the process quick and fun, no matter your learning style.

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Applique Shapes

For maximum versatility and accessibility, you'll receive instructions for preparing your applique shapes 3 different ways. Use SVG files with your favorite electronic cutting machine; BERNINA Cutwork files to use with the BERNINA Cutwork Tool; or use printable templates and cut by hand.

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Multi-Formatted Designs

Designs that can be used in all brands of embroidery machines so you can join the fun no matter what brand of machine you own. Includes: ART, ART80, DST, EXP, JEF, PES, and VP3.

Required hoop size: 6" x 10" (150mm x 260mm)

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Digital Access


Access your designs, instructions and videos immediately in our online portal - from anywhere with an Internet connection. No waiting for shipping - you can get started immediately, right after you click the "Buy Now" button!

Also, no need to worry about losing a CD or having your computer crash - log in and download the designs any time.

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A Lovely Private Community

Join us in a private Facebook group where you can ask questions and share your progress so you feel totally supported and encouraged during the process. This is also a great way to ask questions and get feedback!

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Instructions to Make Multiple Projects

Make the round, rectangular quilt, the pillow, and the baskets. Or take the designs and make something else entirely! We made a gorgeous wallet with Ocean Dreams quilting!


~ Carol Y~

How precise Sarah’s instructions were! Made the learning experience so much easier. I couldn’t have picked a better person to learn from and I was totally in the dark about who she was and how good she was. And including a FB group to the mix... truly the best!

~ Sandra P ~

Sarah explains everything in a way that is easy and seems like I have a trusted friend right there with me every step of the way.

~ Melody F ~

I love your projects and your detailed instructions, even a beginner could do your projects without fail.  I have done your projects in the past as well as many other designer's projects -- no one compares to you and your meticulously detailed projects!

Take a Look at What Our Retreat Attendees Made with Ocean Dreams...


They came with their supplies and ready to quilt. This is what they accomplished in just one weekend! Think of how quickly you could have a finished quilt to enjoy or gift this summer.

Ocean Dreams is totally customizable from the start. Choose the round or rectangle layout and then choose which fish are your favorite! Customize the look even further with your choice of fabric and thread - and you can have a different look again and again.

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One-time payment

  • 24 Small Fish ($96 value)
  • 24 Large Fish ($144 value)
  • NEW Small Fish Quilting to fit 9" x 4.5" and Large Fish Quilting to fit 9" x 6" ($40 value)
  • Small Fish Hex Blocks with Quilting
  • Large Fish Hex Blocks with Quilting
  • Bottomless Baskets Pattern to Turn Any Design Collection into a Basket ($25 value)
  • LIVE Zoom Calls with Sarah plus Recordings ($450 value)
  • Community of Other Quilters to Support and Encourage You (Priceless!)
  • 14-Day Money Back Guarantee

Meet Your Instructor

Since I was a young girl, I've had a love for sewing. That love transformed into a hobby, a passion, and then a career. Over a decade ago, I started designing my own quilts and offering those designs (as well as classes on how to use them) to quilters all over the world.

I discovered my super-power and purpose: to ignite the fire of creativity in the hearts and minds of people who are hungry to experience the transformative process of creating something beautiful themselves. Watching people of all skill-levels and walks of life grow their skillset and their confidence using my designs has been incredible.

I'm here to call out the creative being inside of you and show you what's possible. It's time to break out of the box and see the infinite possibilities waiting for you when you do. 

Sarah Vedeler

I combine my PhD in Theoretical Computer Science and experience from years working as a Software Engineer with over a decade in business as a quilt designer to bring you stunning machine embroidery applique and quilting in the hoop designs, featured on innovative quilts.

  • Not only have I taught quilting and machine embroidery applique to customers all over the world, I've taught Computer Science at the Masters level
  • I'm an award winning quilter whose quilts have been displayed all over the world
  • Even more gratifying than winning my own awards, hundreds of my students and customers have won Blue Ribbons, Best in Show, etc. with quilts they've created using my designs
  • My big quilts start out as an engineering challenge which I then deconstruct to allow for (relatively!) easy construction in fabric and thread. 
  • I have thousands of happy customers and hundreds of hours teaching online.
  • I'm really pretty handy with computers and software, and I LOVE to play in my digitizing and design software. I'd love for you to come play with me!

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