We are at the end of the Awesome Ocean Sew Along (#AOSAL) and it is time to assemble our blocks! When we started in November with our first block , the world was a bit different. There was covid-19 but we were not all in lock down, we celebrated our holidays, and fell into the promise of a new year. For us quilters, there is solace in our quilting and I am sure you are ready to assemble this top, as I am. This project was conceived to help me keep on track for a lovely baby, AnnaLeigh, who arrived on the 30th of January, and I am so grateful to all who made the journey.
I played around a bit with the layout. I didn’t really follow the color scheme, since I was using a layer cake. Each critter was done in two different colors – with the exception of the turtles (both greens) and the seaweed. So, I tried to move them about the top to mix them up rather than keep all the blue/green ones in one section and the red/orange/pinks in another.
The assembly of this is not hard. For instance, the pairs or groups of animals remain the same. You have the angel fish with the seahorse. In one half the angel fish might be on top, in the other on the bottom. Another variation is whether a critter is on the left or right side of the unit. I suggest you lay yours out, and rearrange as you like. I used the same width of setting strips as Elizabeth Hartman suggests. I decided to add an outside border, of chunks of the layer cake. They were cut at 3 1/2″.
In the end, maybe that bottom corner is too orange, but I doubt my grand niece will care. On the whole, I think the orange colors move your eyes around the quilt.
I found and Island Batik backing that I loved and a bit of something fun for the binding. I will hold that off showing that until the final parade of quilts, one month from now – April 25th. If you have a quilt top done, I’d ask for you to email me a picture and I will post them all together, as well as have a linky party. I really can’t wait to see them all!
This is the ProSticher quilting pattern I used. It is a wider, more open design as I wanted it to be cuddly. Now, my only problem is figuring out how to get it to my darling grand niece. I so want to bring it to her, but alas, that is not possible with the cover-19 problem, so I will let you know what happens.
Now the basic information follows in case you are now thinking you really need to make this quilt and have time. Scraps work; I hardly ever used more than the 2 10″ squares, and often big hunks were left from my layer cake.
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.
3. I love using the ruler, Simple Folded Corners Ruler* for all those diagonal cuts. I don’t draw lines, I just cut the corner then sew!
|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|
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2020 Monthly Color Block for April