Thursday, 19 September 2013

Summer Beach Quilt Tutorial - Part II - Assembling the Fish Row

Hello everyone!! This is Part II of the Summer Beach Quilt tutorial. Last time I showed you how to make the fish blocks, and this now I'm going to show you how to put them all together. I alternated the placement of each one to give the fish a little movement, instead of being in a straight line...so to get started you'll need:

8 - 3" x 5 1/2" white rectangles
8 - 2" x 13" white rectangles


Lay your fish blocks out in two rows of 4 fish each--one on top of the other. Arrange them how you'll want them in the quilt.



I also created some layout diagrams in the Threadbias quilt design tool to make up for whatever my pics may lack.



Now that your fish blocks are laid out we are going to use this guide--made up of rows and columns--to add your new pieces. Don't get discouraged--it's easier than it seems!



We'll start with ROW 1--the top row of fish.

Sew a 3" x 5 1/2" white rectangle to the front or "nose" of each of the 4 fish on the top row.








Now sew a 3" X 5 1/2" white rectangle to the tail-end of each of the 4 fish on the bottom row.




Your fish should look like this so far







Now we are going to work on the columns

Sew a 2" x "13 rectangle to the top of each of the fish in columns A and C and to the bottom of each of the fish in rows B and D




Now start sewing the columns together (one fish on top of the other from each row)




Then sew them all together




And you are all done with the second part...next week we'll be working on the water row!






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