I thought that this fish quilt pattern would make a fun and different quilting project. I can see it either as a table topper or a quilt for baby to lie on. The focus of this particular quilt was to show you that your quilts don’t need to be regular shapes and also to show you how to sew the quilt binding on corners that face inwards rather than outwards.
I have used squares only, making it a very simple quilt. Very approximately, it measures about 48″ at its longest and 36″ at its widest. I have used 1/4 yard of green fabric and 1/2 yard each of red and white. You would also need 10″ of binding fabric and 54″ by 40″ rectangles of wadding and backing fabric.
3.1/2″ squares: twenty two green, thirty red, forty four white
four 2.1/2″ strips for the binding
Making the fish body for the quilt
The body of the fish quilt is made using squares laid out in nine rows of nine. In the top left corner I have put a red square to denote the mouth of the fish. Then across that first row the squares alternate white, green, white, red, white, green, white, red.
The second row begins with two white squares then alternates the colours to match the row above. The third row begins with three green squares, the fourth with four white squares and so on until the final row is made using nine red squares.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the body of the fish quilt.
Making the tail for the fish quilt
The tail is also made using squares only. You will need one row of three squares: white, greeen, white. The remaining three rows are made using two white squares with one green and one red. Lay them out so that the red squares form a line across the tail and sew the squares together across the rows.
Sew the first row (three squares) to the corner square of the fish body so that the row extends out to the right side of the red corner. Sew the other three rows together to make a patchwork block. Sew this block to the red corner and the three squares of the first row of the fish tail. That completes the top of the fish quilt.
Layering the fish quilt
Press the rectangle of backing fabric well and lay it with right side down. Lay the wadding on top and lay the patchwork fish on top with right side up. Gently smooth each layer before you lay down the next layer, working from the middle outwards. Baste to secure the three layers together. I used quilting safety pins and placed them in the patterned squares only as I am going to quilt in the white squares.
Trim the wadding and backing to about an inch from the edge of the patchwork fish quilt. This reduces the bulk but still allows some flexibility in case the layers shrink against each other during the quilting. The final trim will take place before the quilt binding is added.
To see how I quilted the fish quilt, click on clamshell quilting.
To see how to bind the quilt corners click on binding inside corners.
Here’s the quilting video: