Awesome Ocean Block 8

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.


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. 

What is this critter?

Well, we all seem to have an opinion about what this critter is.  So, let's see who wins in the poll.

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!

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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