The Manatee is my husband's spirit animal. He declared this while watching a documentary in which they featured - the shots showed the animals gently floating without a care in the world. A minute after he declared this, the narrator, Prof. Brian Fox, continued with "The manatee is the most spherical animal on Earth". You can imagine my delight and the hysterics that followed!
All this by way of introduction to my latest finish: the Awesome Ocean Quilt, pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. Featuring the Manatee! And seahorses, octopuses (Octopi?), fish, turtles and whales. I love this quilt so much. The background fabric is Moda Grunge in a light bright blue, and it just makes this quilt glow!
I'm also pretty pleased with the colour layout, which I planned with crayons, but then once I'd decided that a specific block needed to be peach and the next pink etc, I didn't actually lay out the fabrics I was using until the blocks were all mostly made. So some luck and some judgement...
I nearly ran out of peach fabrics, in my quest to not repeat a print - thanks to Helen @archiewonderdog for helping out! I've since restocked my peaches as so many great peach fabrics have come out in the last few months. I think there may be a couple of repeats, but I think I've done pretty well!
The backing is a whale print I picked up a couple of years ago in an Instagram destash. I bought about 9m so have loads left - every baby born this year is getting an ocean themed quilt with this as the backing! The quilting is in a pale mint green Aurifil 50w, which seemed to blend best with all the fabrics, and I quilted waves! This quilt is not small, and it was quite a workout pulling it through my machine, but I love the resulting quilting.
This is a long time finish along lister, but I'm pleased to say that this is the final list it will be appearing on! You can find my original list here.