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. 
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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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  1. February 29, 2020 / 8:04 AM

    Whatever it is, it is really cute, and I love the fabrics you chose. I think it resembles all those critters you mentioned but like to think it is its own unique character, so I voted for “something else”. 😉
    I enjoyed seeing your photo with Preeti.

    • February 29, 2020 / 6:00 PM

      They are so fetching – each in their own way. I do enjoy a little character in my blocks and these had a fun way of finding it.

    • February 29, 2020 / 6:02 PM

      I love that you voted for something else. It was a blast meeting Pretti!

  2. February 29, 2020 / 8:10 AM

    I’d say that fellow is whatever you want him to be! I love the noses – that adds a lot of character and expression to the face. Super cute!

    • February 29, 2020 / 5:58 PM

      They are so fetching – each in their own way. I do enjoy a little character in my blocks and these had a fun way of finding it.

  3. thedarlingdogwood
    February 29, 2020 / 8:27 AM

    I’m torn between “manatee because the designer said so” and “seal.” I voted on behalf of the designer, but I was really a split vote 🙂 I thought otter until my husband pointed out the tail, and I looked and Elizabeth Hartman actually has an otter pattern. Regardless, these are super cute! I’m excited to put mine together and be that much closer to a finished quilt!

    • February 29, 2020 / 5:56 PM

      I guess you could vote twice! I started looking at the sea creatures and there are a lot more than I thought with this shape.

  4. February 29, 2020 / 9:04 AM

    Definitely an otter! It’s that “cute as a button” nose!!! Your slightly cocked nose adds whimsy, Kathleen!

    • Joan
      February 29, 2020 / 9:58 AM

      There is no doubt that whatever he is, he’s adorable! My vote has to be an otter though! LOL!!

      • February 29, 2020 / 5:55 PM

        Its funny, as I started to look it up I realized there were many more of these “blobbish” creatures of the sea. Whatever it is, I am enjoying making them.

    • February 29, 2020 / 5:56 PM

      It is cute as a button isn’t it! I kind of like when things go that way and add to the personality of your quilt!

  5. February 29, 2020 / 11:05 AM

    I love the little cocked noses! How fun. You and I definitely had the same colors in mind – love that! We have twinsies!

    • February 29, 2020 / 5:54 PM

      We do have twinsies! I love this guy for some odd reason when they are done they really come to life!

  6. February 29, 2020 / 6:31 PM

    Hi Kathleen! These two little guys are so cute. My favorite part is the crooked nose! I also love seeing the potential layout . . . and I really think they look like an otter. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      March 13, 2020 / 6:06 PM

      I love the crooked nose, too! Otters are a good choice.

  7. somethingrosemade14
    February 29, 2020 / 10:00 PM

    Otter Nonsense, I say, I say!

    • kathleenquilts
      March 13, 2020 / 6:06 PM

      You are too funny Rose!

  8. March 3, 2020 / 12:51 PM

    Oh, your quilt is going to be so fun…loving it. Thanks for the tip about your site….it worked as you can tell. It has been so fun doing this with you but I am a little behind, need to get mine done.

    • kathleenquilts
      March 13, 2020 / 6:00 PM

      I am loving it too and loving all those quilty friends who are playing along…whether caught up or not! I was on a retreat and just getting to these replies….but I think I’ll have more time on my hands with isolation being the norm now.

  9. March 5, 2020 / 10:48 AM

    They are adorable whatever they are.

    • kathleenquilts
      March 13, 2020 / 5:59 PM

      Looks like those who voted thought an otter – they are all fun choices whatever one decides!

  10. March 5, 2020 / 11:11 PM

    Those two are just too cute!

    • kathleenquilts
      March 13, 2020 / 5:53 PM

      Thank you, Susan!

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