Monday, April 8, 2013

Fishy, Fishy

After my last tractor quilt, I decided it's time to go back to doing fish quilts.  I've been trying to master the quilt as you go technique and after my last quilt, I had a little epiphany.  I don't always have to make everything in squares.  Maybe I could do 3 long rectangles and get more of the effect I'm looking for.

And for the most part, it is just what I was looking for.

I am not thrilled that when I sewed the seams, I wasn't able to get the wavy pattern to cover the seam on the front, but that's because I am not as precise as I'd like to be when I line them up.  I definitely liked doing it as 3 long rectangles because there was a lot less to struggle with when I put them together.

In my mind, I saw lots of seaweed growing from the bottom, but my mind and reality rarely line up, just like my quilts!

I love the chaos of these fish and their pouty lips!  Sometimes, I flip them over so some fish go one way and some go the other.  I also forgot until right now, that I meant to put the multicolored blocks on the top and bottom like I did in my favorite one.

I think I'll try this method again with a different quilting plan.  My free motion presser foot is too high for these thin quilts, so I have to get one with a lower shank to do what I really want.


On a different note, can you help me help my sister?  She's a sewing aficionado who blogs at Call Ajaire and  has recently been featured on Joann Fabric's youtube channel.  Click here and go check out her video for a simple way to make a belt for toddler pants. 


  1. I really like the fish! If I was a quilter, I'd probably be not-so-good at lining things up as well. Sometimes I am such a perfectionist, but sometimes I just can't get things right. 50/50 with me!

  2. I am completely impressed - I gave up all attempts at sewing when I screwed up my locker caddy in 8th grade home ec :) The fish are super cute.

  3. Very darling! Those fishes are soooo cute and girl, you've got skills!


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