I started gathering blue fabrics and cutting my pieces - 3 1/2 squares for the 9-patches and 5 inch squares for the 4-patches. I sorted them into light, medium, and dark and pieced lots of squares. When I thought I had enough I started laying them out on my design wall:
Uh-oh! This quilt is bigger than my space! I pieced the top rows into sections, then took them down so I could work on laying out the bottom:
It was a little tricky figuring out the half triangles because I wanted them to follow my shading...I ended up making some extra blocks to make it all work out! I was really glad to have my design wall to lay it all out, it really made the process easier. I just use a piece of cream fleece pinned to the wall, super easy and works great.
Here it is before quilting - I am really happy with the way it came out! I used a variegated blue for the top because it worked best in the light area, and for the medium and dark used a periwinkle blue. I quilted an overall swirl design and really enjoyed the process. A closer look at one of the manatee squares-
And here are a couple of pictures of the quilt when completed:
I think my customer will be delighted with her Ocean Quilt! I named it Manatee Love for the cute couple in the square. It measures about 80 inches wide and 92 inches long, 100% cotton batting, thread, and fabric.