Awesome Ocean Block 9

Welcome to Block 9 the Awesome Ocean Sew Along (#AOSAL) and Sally the Seahorse. I love this block, maybe because I find seahorses such interesting creatures. This is the last block of the QAL and I can’t believe how quickly this QAL went along. We have only two more scheduled events….the presentation of the tops and the finished quilts. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s finish the last block.

Hint 1: Fabric Considerations for this block:
I kept the fins the same fabric on mine as I liked the way that fabric went with both color ways.

Hint 2: Time to Prep/Make Block:
Prep time is about 1/2 – 3/4 hour of cutting and an 1 1/2 to 2 hours of sewing. 24 piece sizes with multiple pieces make for a little longer block. I did the body and then took a rest until I felt like doing the tail.

Hint 3: Pay attention!
When making the fins there is one set that has pieces that are 2 different sizes – R & Q!

I loved seeing this one come together. I did try to pay attention when cutting out the pieces to the directional fabric, but I did find one spot where I missed paying attention – the neck. I am fine with it. It also happened in the curve of the tail, but again a design decision I am fine with.

We just need to assemble the quilt next time. In case you did not take the bait in the beginning of the QAL, and, the seahorse is calling you to catch this wave – here is 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.
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!

Here’s the updated calendar for blocks and guest bloggers! Make your seahorses and be ready to start thinking about assembling your quilt. My top is done and ready for the next blog on 3/28. I can’t wait to show you my flimsy.

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. March 14, 2020 / 9:00 AM

    Fun seahorses! I can’t believe you’re already on the last block! I’m looking forward to your flimsy and finished quilt, Kathleen!

  2. Joan
    March 14, 2020 / 12:15 PM

    These guys are so cute…if seahorses are guys at all! LOL!! Can’t wait to see your completed top!

  3. March 14, 2020 / 5:38 PM

    They turned out wonderfully!!! I promise I will try to catch up.

  4. Jan Altomare
    March 15, 2020 / 8:54 AM

    Those are so cute! I can’t wait to see the top all together.

  5. March 15, 2020 / 5:35 PM

    Thanks, I finished quilting it today. Nice to be a bit ahead on my QAL!

  6. March 15, 2020 / 5:35 PM

    These seahorses make me so happy! Catch up when it is easy….

  7. March 15, 2020 / 5:36 PM

    It did go fast and boy do I love this quilt. The flimsy is done and waiting for me to load it on the frame, but I have a few other things to do or I’ll get lost in the world of quilting!

  8. March 15, 2020 / 5:39 PM

    I always loved seahorses and love the way these turned out. I just checked and there are both sexes in seahorses. Males carry the babies and deliver them – a nice switch!

  9. March 17, 2020 / 4:40 PM

    Your choice of fabric for the seahorses is perfect with those swirls! I agree, paying attention is key, along with labeling. Great blocks!

  10. March 18, 2020 / 2:45 PM

    Just so cute! And I love your fabrics of course!

  11. March 20, 2020 / 12:55 PM

    These are too cute! And in boy/girl colors too!

    • kathleenquilts
      March 20, 2020 / 1:09 PM

      Yes, they are in boy/girl colors. I was just working with the color ways in the Layer Cake I had…serendipity!

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