by Elizabeth Hartman
Thank you Kathleen for allowing me to join you on this "Awesome Ocean" sew along.
Kathleen has put together this sew along and I have to tell you she is so organized that she puts me to shame. Every two weeks she will show another block or have a guest show theirs and a few tricks and hints a long the way.
If you have missed block one,you can go here:
When I was doing the actual "Awesome Ocean", I had a hard time with direction, I guess you can call me directionally challenged. Trust me when I say, you do not want to travel with me....thank heavens for GPS!!!
Awesome Ocean - Block 2
It takes about 15 minutes to do this bottom section of the octopus block - the tentacles.
First I lay out all of the strips for the tentacles as I would want them sewn together
You actually have two sections - four each, the section to the right will have all the lines sewn in the same direction and opposite of the left section.
So.....I took the right section first and sewed all four from the top left to the right bottom as you see above.
Then I sewed the left section from the top right to the bottom left.
Here it is as it comes off the machine
Here it is when I have cut the threads and have them lined up.
HINT: Never and I repeat never cut off the excess fabric until you are sure you have the part that folds over going in the right direction. Don't ask me how I know this.....
I see here that all of my seams are going in the right direction so I am good to cut off the extra fabric.
Then I stack them in sections as well...with the end on top and the center on the bottom so I work my way in - sewing the end to the next to the next and then the center. I will do the other section as well..working from the end to the center and then sew the centers together. It was just easier for me, you can work from the center out, no matter.
As for the head, it is pretty straight forward. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make as well, so you are looking at about 30 minutes a block after it is cut out.
Here is the Octopus quilt I made using Island Batik's Magical Reef as well. I love these little octopuses that I just had to make a quilt.
If I were to do this quilt over, I would make the sashings 2 1/2" wide, unfortunately I was running out of my variegated fabric so I did a 1 1/2" sashing, even then I was cutting it pretty close.
As you can see, I put a 1-1/2" square in between the sashings, did a 2" border then a 3 - 1/2" border.
Can't wait for the next block, thanks so much Kathleen for having me do this and for all of you joining in.