Octopus Under the Sea

Under the Sea was the theme for the Quilt Block Mania hop this month. I think the colors in the inspiration photo are beautiful, as well as being some of my favorite colors.

I appliqued an octopus on my block. To make it simple, but interesting, I sewed three shades of blue strips together. That supplied the illusion of different ocean depths. I knew I was going to use free-motion stitching on the octopus, so I made sure the background measured 13.5″ square. The free-motion stitching tends to pull the fabric in a bit and I wanted to be able to square this block 12.5″ square before sewing it into a quilt.

I sketched my rendition of an octopus after looking at a number of photos. I didn’t want to add too much detail to the octopus. I use FlexiFuse fusible sheets to adhere applique to projects. I like the paper for tracing and cutting. The fusible is not stiff in my projects, making a quilt feel more like a quilt!

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The Octopus Instructions are available as a free download at my Payhip Shop from June 6 to June 30. 2022. HERE: https://payhip.com/b/7ij2k

AND, I recorded a YouTube video showing how I sew appliques in quilt blocks for an artistic look. The link is HERE: https://youtu.be/_Iz8pG_sMl0

Aren’t these blocks the designers created just extraordinary!? I think they’ll make a wonderful quilt for my new, great-nephew who lives in Florida! How would you use one or all of the blocks? You can download these blocks by June 30, 2022: visit the links below:

Lobster Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Fish by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Be a Mermaid by Inquiring Quilter
Looking Through the Waves by Inflorescence
Clownfish at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Follow Me Fish at Scrapdash
Whale of a Tale by Faith and Fabric
Seashell by Penny Spool Quilts
The Great Escape by Heidi Pridemore
Seashell by QuiltFabrication
Sand Dollar by Sugar Sand Quilt Company
School of Fish Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Deco Oyster by Jessica of Blue Sky Modern Craft
Octopus by Patchwork Breeze
Whirlpool by Blue Bear Quilts

Nancy Myers
Nancy Myers


  1. I am so happy to hear you like the octopus! Thank you for visiting.

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