We list this pattern as ADVANCED because of the numerous points. Where possible, we have provided photographs to show you how to line up the pieces.
I recommend that you look through our pages of blocks and study the photographs. Make some practice blocks to be sure
you are happy with your skill level before you begin. I made one wall hanging with no problem. On my second one, the large center fish block
came out a bit too large. I improvised by slightly reducing the width of water block 6. It worked out fine. If you want to make this wall hanging, but
don't want it to be as complicated, leave out the reeds. Use solid blocks as your water (and solid triangles in place
of the pieced ones where the reeds pass behind a fish). This will make the project much easier.
TIP ON SEWING POINTS: Each time I am about to sew points, I line up my pieces and
then finger press the seam open - just to be sure that the pieces will end up where I want them after the seam has been sewn. Points require patience
and LOTS of practice. Once you understand how they work, it is not all that difficult. Refer to our free quilt lessons for more help with points.
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INDEX OF BLOCKS / GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
The fish blocks are made first, followed by the background blocks that go with each fish. The fish blocks are then
sewn to the background blocks to make 6 rows. The rows are then sewn together. Nothing is appliqued - fish, reeds, plants etc. are
made as part of blocks.
This photo was taken before the piece was quilted. I used decorative stitches and thread to add texture
to the fish, reeds, plant etc.
Use your creative side when choosing colors and textures of fabrics.
Use your own choice of fabrics.
We used the following for our wall hanging:
2 yards water fabric
1 fat quarter of four different fish print fabrics
1/4 yard light green (45" width), for light reeds and border pieces
1 fat quarter dark reed fabric
Scraps for plant block
1/3 yard of each of the two colors for the border triangles (this allows for some shrinkage): you
will need to cut 30 3" squares from each color.
Your choice of fabric for outer binding (1.5" strip x long enough to go around the wall hanging). The perimeter
is 152 inches, so you'll need binding this long plus some extra.
Batting: A piece to fit a 24.5" x 52.5" wall hanging.
PATTERN PIECES / BLOCK INSTRUCTIONS
There are 4 fish blocks, one plant block and 10 background blocks, for a total of 15 blocks.
These are pieced into 6 rows. Complete all blocks. NOTE: Precision cutting and sewing is a must. Seams must
be 1/4" exactly. Be sure to press well after each seam is sewn. Use a quilter's square to square up each block.
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OVERALL LAYOUT Refer to the layout page, for location of blocks.
NOTE ABOUT PRINTING: Be sure your printer is set to print at 100%. If "Shrink to fit" or "Fit to page" etc. is selected,
YOUR PATTERN PIECES WILL NOT PRINT TO THE CORRECT SIZE. Every pattern page lists one or more dimensions.
CHECK YOUR PRINTED PATTERN FOR ACCURACY OF SIZE.
Fish Blocks: Patterns and Instructions There are four fish. Each fish block is created separately.