I wanted to add a dolphin or whale to my ocean quilt. I found a pattern by McKenna Ryan – “Tweedle Dee” part of the Sea Breeze quilt pattern. I used this dolphin pattern as my inspiration and made some changes. I quilted the background square (“calm waters” quilting design) before adding the appliqué pieces. For the dolphin, I used a light grey instead of white and used the blind hem stitch to attach the dolphin. I tried using the buttonhole stitch but I didn’t like the look of that stitch. I added 3 pieces of coral to the sand. I added a couple of shells to the sand but I didn’t like them so I took them off. I also added some pieces of different fabrics (not cotton fabric) and gold threads that had been fused together using a heat gun (a technique that our friend Linda showed us).
I like this block. I think I will make some small paper pieced fish squares to the collage. I also have a seahorse block to quilt. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna