Friday, January 5, 2018

FREE Pattern Friday: Go Fish!

Sometimes I have just a little bit of a FABULOUS print that I want to S-T-R-E-T-CH out into a quilt. Crazy, but true. (What, you don't have something like that in your stash?)

I bought some 6" bundles of Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Phillip Jacobs prints a few years ago and found two 6" x wof strips of a fish print. It's called Shoal and is by the designer Brandon Mably.

(Have you seen my Pinterest board - Facets of Color - that features dozens of my quilts made using their fabric?)

Shoal print in yellow
How can I stretch this out? How about a Rail Fence block? And to supersize it, I used the whole width of this 6" strip and the side strips are cut 3". Here is the top before quilting. I made this in July 2016. Size: 40" x 40", perfect for a child! Take special note of the flowers and green grass.

Go Fish! out on my deck, chilling with the flowers
 Let's go back to the fabric requirements:
  • One 5-1/2" x wof strip of a single novelty print (Shoal in yellow)
  • One 5-1/2" x wof strip of a second novelty print (Shoal in pink)
  • One 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" strip of a complimentary print (Striped Heraldic) for the center block
  • Two 3" x wof green strips (or whatever color goes with the first print)
  • Two 3" x 10-1/2" green strips to go with the print for the center block (Heraldic)
  • Two 3" x wof strips (yellow) to go with the lighter, pink fish print)
  • Four 1-1/2" x wof strips (my orange) for the inner border
  • Four 4-1/2" x wof strips (my yellow print) for the outer border
  • 3/8 to 1/2 yard for binding
You can strip piece the fish prints with the striped fabric and then cut four units as shown. Sew one 3" x wof strip to each long side of your 5-1/2" x wof fish print. Press seams. The height of this strip set is 10-1/2". Now cut 10-1/2" units from your strip sets. Each set will yield four 10-1/2" blocks.

Strip Piecing and Cutting the Blocks

And the resulting blocks:



Making the 9 Blocks
And the center:


Now, let's see the finished quilt. Remember the first picture with all the flowers and green grass? Same deck, different month: January 2018 and we are in a deep freeze. But those fish are still smiling!

Go Fish! quilt finished, and freezing on my snow filled deck
Hope you enjoyed seeing how you can make a VERY quick quilt letting the fabric do all the work!

4 comments:

  1. I have always thought of rail fence as using only same size strips. You have opened up my mind. I have really learned something wonderful from this post. Your rail fence looks great and seems quick and easy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  2. Another great way to use novelty prints. Ideal child or lap size and perfect for some medium-large scale prints in my stash. Thanks for sharing, Debby! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

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  3. Greetings, This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.
    Appreciate your knowledge and inspirations.
    T.J.

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  4. I love it !!! thank you ever sew much. Just found out new grand due in May is a boy :) I have some fabrics perfect for this.

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