Awesome Ocean Block 1

Welcome to the first block of the Awesome Ocean SewAlong! Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern is so awesome (oops) and I know you will have fun.


You need no help from me on this block! I made this block very quickly – the only thing that delayed me a tiny bit was a decision to use some of the seaweed-like fabrics from another Island Batik collection. So, since it is the week before Thanksgiving, it is nice to have the easiest block first.

Organization is key for this pattern. I generally cut blocks as I go. For most of these, I cut one session and sew another. Sometimes I sew one patch at a time, sometimes not. Mostly, I recommend build one critter at a time – as the blocks get complicated you can make mistakes! My reward is that as I finish the block, I pick the fabric for the next blocks.

My hints are few for this block, but here they are. Remember: you will cut out two blocks.
HINT 1: I place both my pieces for the kelp on top of one another and cut them. This means you cut both at one time.
HINT 2: There is a cutting diagram at the top of the page if you are using the fabric like she does. I did not so I didn’t really need it.
HINT 3: Cut two of the background pieces, one for each block – its simple but I forgot this frequently when making my other quilt.
HINT 4: If you chain piece, be sure your kelp starts and ends with the pieced pieces.

That’s it. Please feel free to email me with questions!

A sneak preview of Block 2!

It is not too late to join.
1. Get the pattern from my amazon affiliate link* or from  the designer directly or in your local store.  
2. Pick some fabric and start!
3. Link up your finish – I will keep linky parties open for a year so you can post pictures whenever.

Special Notice – Guest Host/Blogger:
Barbara Gaddy will share a Block 2 finish that she has on 12/7! I’ll blog too, but it is so fun to have others hopping in. There are slots, so if you want to help, email me.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Coming Up: 
Island Batik Challenge November
Barn Quilt Block Of the Month Blocks 4 – 12/4
Awesome Ocean SAL Block 2– 12/7
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8
Island Batik Challenge December

Linking Up:
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop

Disclaimer: *Links with asterisk indicate an affiliate link and as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Your price is not any different, but a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting my blog.


  1. November 27, 2019 / 10:59 PM

    Awesome pattern and yours will be awesome to see finished!

  2. kathleenquilts
    December 1, 2019 / 1:01 PM

    Thanks, Abbie. I am having a great deal of fun with it!

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