Friday, January 19, 2018

under the sea

When Daddy is a scuba diver and Mama's favorite neutral is teal it takes this quilt maker about a minute to decide to use Elizabeth Hartman's Awesome Ocean pattern and make some creatures who live Under the Sea.  It takes a lot longer to get the song out of my head.  Not to worry, The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie.  

Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?

I made one of each of Elizabeth's creatures and rearranged them into a horizontal quilt.  I like how there's a little space between them so they have more room to swim around.
I started with a fat 8th bundle of Heather Ross's Mendocino fabric then added a few solids and scraps of other prints. 

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll

Let me introduce you:
Tony the turtle, Mr. Manatee, and Puffy...


Salty the seahorse... (my favorite!)

Preppy the whale, Octavian, and a couple Chuckles!

We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea

My little bundle of Mendocino had just one piece big enough to fussy cut this pair of mermaids.

And I had enough yardage of the blue fish print to piece a backing. 

Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

I quilted this with my walking foot and a stretched out serpentine stitch.  I used my Hera marker to make lines then stitched on each side of them to get the wavy under-water look.  
I was hoping to photograph this quilt with a beautiful lake in the background so I took it up north, twice, but the weather just would not cooperate.  Oh well - I should have known!

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake 

So, I'm settling for an aquarium in the snow! 

Now I'm wondering if you have a favorite Disney movie?  
Or a favorite Elizabeth Hartman animal pattern?

I'll be linking up with: 


  1. Looks great on snow! I don't have a favorite movie but I like all Elizabeth's patterns. So cute and fun! Angelica and her bubbles are my fav on yours :) Thanks for linking up with TGIFF ;)

    1. Thanks for hosting the TGIFF link up Vera. I hope you had a fun weekend!

  2. Super awesome :) LOVE that back for it. My favorite Disney is probably Mulan, so I'm really looking forward to the remake.

    1. Thanks Lynette. I love 2 sided quilts!
      I always wonder why they remake great movies, but then usually like the new version better.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Super cute quilt! I love the blue you picked for the background and how the other colors pop off of it.

    1. Thanks Cheryl. I never considered teal a neutral but, like this new mama says, it is!

  4. Beautiful quilt. Love you color selections and quilting patterns . Good work. Now I have that song swimming around in my head!

    1. Thanks Diane. I know! At least it's a cute song. They say doing a Sodoku will help to clear a song from your head. I've just downloaded an app and am giving it a try! Have a great weekend.