Awesome Ocean Block – A Quilt!

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!

DateBlockBlock NameBloggers
Nov. 17, 2019Fabric Choices
Nov. 23, 2019Block 1Kelp
Dec. 7, 2019Block 2Octavian the OctopusBarb
Dec. 21, 2019Block 3Puffy the Puffer Fish
Jan. 4, 2020Block 4Angelica the Angel Fish
Jan. 18, 2020Block 5Chuckles the Clown Fish
Feb. 1, 2020Block 6Preppy the WhaleRose
Feb, 15, 2020Block 7Tony the TurtleEmily
Feb. 29, 2020Block 8Mr. ManateeWendy
Mar. 14, 2020Block 9Sally the Seahorse
Mar. 28, 2020Top
Ap. 25, 2020Parade of Quilts

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My Favorite Tools

Omni Thread, Purplelicious
Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
Freezer Paper Sheets
Nexcare Clear Skin Tape
Cluck Cluck Sew Tape
Simple Folded Corners Ruler
Free Motion Quilting Workbook
Shape by Shape Collection 2
Shape by Shape
DayLight Wafer 1 Light Box
Freezer paper
Siteground Web Hosting
LoveCrafts Affiliate
Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
Hex N More Ruler
4″ Circular Plastic Needlepoint
Awesome Ocean Pattern
Schmetz NonStick Needle
Sulky Totally Stable
Quilter’s Planner
Oliso Mini Iron
Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
Applique Pressing Sheet
Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Oliso TG110 Smart Iron
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Mettler 60 wt. Cotton Embroidery Thread
Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
Clover Needle Threader
Sewline Black and White Pencil
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
Wing Clipper
Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Clover Chaco Liner – silver
Turnabout Patchwork by Terese Mairal Barreau
Sewline Glue Pen
Fusible 1″ Hexagon Paper
Fusible Appliqué Paper
Sizzix 3 1/2″ half square triangle
Electric Quilt 8
Sizzix Big Shot
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Quilt in A Day Log Cabin
Judy Martin Log Cabin
Emiko Toda Loeb
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross
Clover Wonder Clips
Thread magic
Bluprint Quilting Classes
Clearly Perfect Angles
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Slotted Triangle Trimmer