Finished this up last night. It's for a swap (big surprise).
The theme was Beatles songs.
And "in the shade".
I really like how this one turned out. The ric-rac seaweed is just so fun.
I scored the octopus pendant this weekend. I went to Joann's for their buy one get one free button sale (love that) hoping I'd find an octopus button but that was a wash. Then I figured I could get an iron on octopus or even a charm. The only iron on they had was a jelly fish. It was SO CUTE but technically not right (if it had been on sale I would have bought it anyway but I only had one 40% off a full price item and that was ear marked for some fabric markers so. . .) so I had to keep looking.
I hit up the bead area (where there was some seriously marked down stuff--I got three different items for only 50 cents each--love that) and not an octopus was to be found. WHAT? I thought octopi had been all hipster (so they should totally be all over Joann's once they were no longer cool for hipsters). I was about to give up the search (and go to plan B to just make a fabric octopus) when I saw some plastic containers full of random jewelry stuff near the register. There was a lot of sea related items in there but on first pawing it appeared octopi were out of the question. Then I spied it in all it's angry funky glory.
It's not just me, right? That really is a kind of pissed off octopus. It kind of reminds me of some of the elephants you see in Indian art (some of them are scowling like that). I guess he just needed to get back into his garden so he could relax and put his tentacles up.
And, the back.
Story time. I knew I had this fabric but I couldn't find it and assumed I had used it (but deep in my mind I knew I hadn't). I did a deep dig in my stash and there it was. See, that proves I really need to go through my stash and organize it (by color, that would probably be the best) so I can see things better. Come to find out, I have this print in two colorways (it was part of a fat quarter pack I scored at Tuesday Morning).
When I first was thinking about this patch (not knowing what kind of octopus I'd end up with) I was thinking about making a produce style garden for the octopus's garden. I was *this close* to buying a little tractor button, too. But once I found the disgruntled octopus pendant, the silly veggie garden idea didn't work anymore. But it's perfect for the backing fabric.
(I'm so happy I found those fabrics--those veggies will make fun appliques for other stuff)
This patch will get mailed out maybe this week if I get some other swap stuff done to mail with it. I hate making a trip to the post office with just one package. I only do that when I have to get something mailed by the deadline (and the next deadline I have is February 28, so I have time to wait a bit if I want). It's all packed and ready though.
I still have to finish the little doll I started. That's part of the reason I got the fabric markers. I know once I sit down and just start working on it again I'll get into the groove but right now as I'm typing this it's not exciting me. I also have to make two sets of Wacky 9 Patch blocks, two dotees, and a love themed doll (that's not due until March, though). OH, and my cuss project. I totally know what I'm doing for that but I need to get some other things off the list before I dive into it. That one's going to be FUN.