Nina’s Awesome Ocean Experience, cont. – Tony Turtle Block

OK, it’s been a little while since my Salty Seahorse post.  Work, travel and a couple of other quilts interfered.  Being indecisive in light of the abundance of fun blocks in this Elizabeth Hartman quilt pattern, hubby chose Tony Turtle on my behalf.

Happily, I set to work cutting out my pieces.  As you can see, it can be helpful to label and pin them to keep them organized.


Elizabeth Hartman’s instructions are super easy to follow, with lots of illustrations.  Overall, given the high number of seams, I usually pressed the seams open.  There are a few exceptions as you will see, for example, to avoid bulk (where the seams seem to want to go) or to nest the seams.

First – the head.  Basically, she has you sew three pieces together, and then cut that sewn piece down into two pieces for the eye segments.

Now comes the center of the head, followed by trimming on either side.

Half-square triangles and background rectangles form the nose.  I find it helpful to sew just a bit outside of the diagonal.  By outside, I mean toward the part you will trim off to leave a quarter inch seam.  This was a spot where I pressed the seams to one side, in this case toward the white background rectangle.

Second – the body.  Ms. Hartman has you sew together a couple of mini strip sets,

cut them into rows, and assemble the rows into a checkerboard.

Here, I pressed the strips to to the dark side to allow me to nest the seams later, and then pressed seams of the rows open.  A few more half-square triangles and oila – a turtle shell!

Third – the tail.  More half-square triangles and background fabric.  Easy peasy.


Finally, the flippers!  Here Liz (or does she prefer Elizabeth) has you apply the same principle as for half-square triangles, but with rectangles instead.  Follow her instructions carefully and watch the magic happen.

Sew the head and tail onto the body.  Then sew on the flippers.

And, ta-da!!!  Furiously fast fun!


For information about the pattern, click here.

For information about the kit, click here.