Octopus have a short lifespan, living 3 to 5 years. Both parents die shortly after mating, males in a couple of months, females after laying eggs. Your table runner will last much long using Dana's From the Depths batik fabric line by Hoffman Fabrics.
Wildfire Designs Alaska patterns are designed for fusible applique, so I recommend that you use an Applique Pressing Sheet. The pattern contains a layout guide, full size pattern pieces, and instructions.
Skill Level: IntermediateFinished Quilt Size