We spent a few months picking up every fabric we came across with sea life, fish, corals on it. The sea turtle and octopus was part of a panel I found. After creating the Bargello ( ocean) and the porthole frame I then started picking out the sea life I thought would be good. I fused heat n bond lite to the back of many fabrics, the panel, etc. and spent hours cutting out all the seaweed, corals, fish, sea life. When I had many ( enough to make a couple more ocean quilts) I moved all the furniture in the living room, laid the quilt out on the floor, dropped the big bag with all the pieces in it next to my hubby & said....ok, populate your ocean.
He crawled around placing everything, I took my iron & fused each piece in place just enough to hold them So I could pick it up- went back to the sewing room & proceeded to stitch each and every piece into place. Then I added the black square background frame to the round porthole, loaded it up & quilted it.