Welcome to Block 8 the Awesome Ocean Sew Along (#AOSAL) and Mr. Manatee. Meet Manny and Maxie Manatee. I am not sure why this one got the more formal name when every other creature had a name. Maybe the size, but whatever the reason, I decided to give mine another name.
My friend, Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life is hosting, too, today. Neither of us are sure this is a manatee, but more on that later. Be sure to check out her blog and her hints, as I am sure she has some good ones for you!
Hint 1: Fabric Considerations for this block:
I did use the white this time, even though my background is light. I think it is fine, as it is not touching the background.
Hint 2: Time to Prep/Make Block:
Prep time is about 1/2 – 3/4 hour of cutting and an 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours of sewing. There are a few more pieces to this one, not that many more, but just enough to take a little bit longer.
Hint 3: Trimming!
I actually did it this time. There are two times you trim, making the eyes and nose, p. 19. I highlighted my pattern. It worked!
Hint 4: Give your creature some character (or not)
My manatees have crooked noses. I like it that way – you may not – so if you don’t be cautious about the placement.
WELCOME TO MY FIRST POLL!
Wendy and I kept referring to these sea creatures as different things. I think of it more as a seal or an otter than a manatee, but they are all very similar creatures so who is to say? Well, I think I will let the readers decide.
We are nearing the end, but in case the manatee bit you here’s what you need to play along:
1. Get the Elizabeth Hartman’s Awesome Ocean pattern from my amazon affiliate link* or from the designer directly or in your local store.
2. The links are updated below for any completed blocks.
Here’s the updated calendar for blocks and guest bloggers!
|Nov. 17, 2019||Fabric Choices|
|Nov. 23, 2019||Block 1||Kelp|
|Dec. 7, 2019||Block 2||Octavian the Octopus||Barb|
|Dec. 21, 2019||Block 3||Puffy the Puffer Fish|
|Jan. 4, 2020||Block 4||Angelica the Angel Fish|
|Jan. 18, 2020||Block 5||Chuckles the Clown Fish|
|Feb. 1, 2020||Block 6||Preppy the Whale||Rose|
|Feb, 15, 2020||Block 7||Tony the Turtle||Emily|
|Feb. 29, 2020||Block 8||Mr. Manatee||Wendy|
|Mar. 14, 2020||Block 9||Sally the Seahorse|
|Mar. 28, 2020||Top|
|Ap. 25, 2020||Parade of Quilts|
Link up your critters!
Barn BOM 3/4
Tips and Tutorials 3/22
2020 Monthly Color Block