My coral reef…

I have been fortunate enough to be able to complete the 9

blocks for my Oceans BOM. And I am really surprised

that I managed to complete these blocks so soon.


The nine paper pieced blocks came from Janeen,

over at Quilt Art Designs and  the patterns were

free. Instead of adding sashing between the blocks,

I wanted to make some gradations and this is how

it turned out.

What do you think?


I really like the tuna fish. The Manta Ray needs some

gills embroidered onto his underside.


My Red Octopus isn’t quite red enough but I will

chalk that up to artistic license.


I think the Dolphins are so cute and adorable. I chose

a different color for the background in each of the blocks.


I have been debating what else I can do with this completed

top. My brain is on overload today with all the ideas

swimming around dealing with coral reefs. I really

want to add some more tuna fish, jellyfish, coral and

other things. I was online checking out some ideas when

I ran across this website.


Sayuris World is a website you need to check out.

Aren’t the jellyfish so cool?

This lady is really creative!! She uses felted items to create

this whole scene. Wow!!


I really like the Message in the Bottle block. The message

actually looks like writing on it.


Baby Quilt

Besides finishing up some of my own things, I also

quilted this baby quilt for a customer.


“Splat” is the name of the overall design. I used a soft

grey Glide thread on the top and a light white polyester

thread on the backing.


This backing is minky. I must warn you to be careful not to

stretch the minky too much. I quilted a baby panel and

used minky on the backing and I threw it out after I

was done. The quit wouldn’t lay flat because the minky

had stretched too much.

Remember, just be careful when you are using it.


This is Kay’s quilt for her husband. He is a brick layer

so she wanted to make a quilt depicting this idea.


I think she hit the nail on the head and did a superb job.

She wanted the bricks to be outlined; I used a monofilament

thread for the SID work. In the 2 outer borders, I used 2

different purples and stitched in straight lines that offset

one another. Again,  the straight lines reminds me of bricks.


The backing of the quilt. I used a cream polyester thread

for the backing.

Hope you have a great week. Just remember, spring

is almost here.

9 thoughts on “My coral reef…

  1. Joy says:

    I really like the way you put together the oceans quilt top. I don’t like the traditional sashed setting either. I did mine in a filmstrip and I’m really happy with the way it came out. Janeen’s patterns are one of a kind.

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