This fantastic project was kindly sent to us by Linda Goldfarb, along with the detailed instruction (see below).
Linda has used several shades of cold and hot-tone blue-colored fabrics, in varying wavy shapes, to resemble water effect.
Finished size is 16”x23”.
The background was pieced using scraps from previous projects. It's a great project even for a beginning quilter, as it allows space for mistakes.
Because, in freestyle quilting, one can hardly tell if something went not exactly the way it was originally planned!Instruction
. Place 2 pieces of fabric 51/2”x 221/2” together RIGHT SIDES UP.
. Cut a gentle curve lengthwise with the rotary cutter through both pieces simultaneously.
. Separate and rearrange the cut curves so that you have 2 different fabric patterns completing each rectangle.
. Place curves RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, and sew using a scant ¼’’ seam.
. Press all seams in one direction.
. Continue piecing curved rectangles until you have seven sets of curved pieces.
. Repeat steps 1-6 using the already pieced rectangles, lining up the straight outer edges of the long sides. When completed, you will have a strip pieced curved background upon which to embroider your fish.
. Fuse any tulle or organza onto background fabric if you want to show shadow and water movement.
. Layer your backing fabric, batting, and your strip pieced fabric and hoop all three layers together.10
. Select the fish you want to use from the Goldfish Design Packet and stitch out designs.11
. Use a rotary cutter to cut your curved outer borders for the piece.12
. Use textured knitting yarn to couch onto wall hanging as coral. Couch yarn with monofilament in top and bobbin.13
. Drape and layer sand colored fabric onto bottom of wall hanging for sand (I used painted gauze.) Attach using Zigzag with monofilament.14
. Quilt as desired. (I used sulky metallic threads with matching polyester color in the bobbin.)15
. Bind using biased cut binding.16
. Attach beads, buttons, or shells for embellishments.17
. Include a label on the back.