Plenty of fish in the sea…

Somewhere a lighthouse stands, deep in the middle of the fish-full sea, half way between this world and the next…

( I hope you will excuse that I am using a quotation from a story that has not yet been written :) )

For our Endeavourers reveal on November 1st, I made this quilt and I don’t know why I haven’t got around to posting about it before. The theme, this time, was The Sea. I always thought I would try to illustrate the poem ‘Sea Fever’ by John Masefield when this theme was drawn but, in the event, I decided to try out a plan I’ve had for a while to make a quilt using tessellated fish.

I should have quite liked to try making the fish with different fabrics, appliqued or pieced, but that would have been a mammoth task so I tried something very much quicker and simpler, which I think will come in handy for quilts or parts of quilts that require small pieces and/or complicated shapes.

I sketched the fish/sea shapes and traced over them with a sharpie. Then I coloured the shapes also with sharpies but any pens or paints would do equally well. Then I scanned the image onto my computer.

I then took a photo of my (still not quite finished) model lighthouse and cut that out to assemble a picture of the lighthouse and the sea, which I also scanned onto my computer.

I then printed both the scans onto photo fabric.

After that I added wadding and backing and quilted with some simple machine and hand stitching.

I hope you will visit The Endeavourers blog to see the quilts other members have made for this challenge. There is a wonderful variety and I’m sure you’ll will enjoy all the creativity and talent displayed in everyone’s responses to this theme.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

6 thoughts on “Plenty of fish in the sea…

  1. piecefulwendy

    I have never tried scanning photos onto fabric, but that is coming up soon. I have a Christmas idea for my son that will involve a photo I’d like to print on fabric. This is such a fun version of the challenge. I like everything about it.

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  2. Flashinscissors

    Wow, I would never have guessed how you made the fish!
    I couldn’t have done that with mine the ink would never have been good enough, you must have a good printer!
    Great method, I really want to try that some day!
    Barbara xx

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  3. Andrée G Faubert

    Hi Janine, what a lovely quilt – and good for you to have made your own fabric! I was looking at this and thought…that would be impossible to piece! It actually looks like it might be felt, which could have been stitched over. You get extra points for creativity! Congrats!!!

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  4. Kim Sharman

    Janine, the fish are amazing. Such a clever idea to draw the fish, colour them in and then laser print them. The lighthouse is fabulous, too. Of course your quilting brings another beautiful dimension to both the fish and lighthouse. I always love to see what new and exciting imaginary ideas you dream up. Your Plenty Of Fish In The Sea quilt is magical.

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    Lol! I spend ages trying to work out how you’d tessellated the fish! What a great method! I love the result and they work perfectly with the lighthouse!!

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