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Thread: Fish Block

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    Fish Block

    I have been reading about this fish block both here and on the web. In all my research, it looks like nobody wants to do a tutorial lol and no small wonder. This is not an easy block and it take quite a few hours to make it.

    I was lazy and didn't want to figure it out lol....anyway. I found the block in Block Base, pulled it into EQ and was able to just get one section for paper piecing. The rest were templates and mostly set-in's.

    I used the Aunt Gracie fabric scraps, since I had the scraps out already from doing the Wheels quilt,

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...l-t183834.html

    I made each fish a different fabric and after I finished the block, I added some extra background fabric so I could cut it wonky. I will be doing some odds and ends blocks from the AG scraps until I use them up and at the same time, I am learning a new block or figuring one out lol......This block is 10x10.
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    That is a great block!
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    very cute block

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    ​I've always liked that block and yours looks really good. Another one that I like in a similar theme is the Flying swallow block. I don't know if that is the actual name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbeadit View Post
    That is a great block!
    It sure is isn't it? I love this type of block and am searching BB to see others like it. This is one of the blocks used in the bible quilts. I don't know if any of you have done a bible quilt. I thought I would sort of do something of the sort. I thought I would do a Joseph's Coat of many colors but actually have the shape of the coat in the block.......

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    I think your background fabric detracts from the fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucky View Post
    I think your background fabric detracts from the fish.
    Um... really?? I think it looks great! nice block....
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    Great block ... could be fun for a kids quilt too.

    I've never seen or heard of the block.
    You mentioned that no one wants to do a tutorial about it ... now that you've done it, then perhaps you will?

    Would you share your PP pattern, being that you created it?
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    Your block is great and love the repro prints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Great block ... could be fun for a kids quilt too.

    I've never seen or heard of the block.
    You mentioned that no one wants to do a tutorial about it ... now that you've done it, then perhaps you will?

    Would you share your PP pattern, being that you created it?
    Please? and Thanks!
    Oh I didn't create the block QuilteE. It is in a program called Block Base by Barbara Brackman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucky View Post
    I think your background fabric detracts from the fish.


    Mucky, it really doesn't, if you look at it again, you will see that the background could be seen as white water and the fish are on top in a school. I especially liked the background for that reason. I normally use contrast and value in my quilts and if you see the center of interest first, which are the fish and are darker than the lighter background then it's ok...welll in my opinion. I use my art background to help me. The background in my opinion, supports the center of interest very nicely in this case.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​I've always liked that block and yours looks really good. Another one that I like in a similar theme is the Flying swallow block. I don't know if that is the actual name.
    Is this the one you mean. I found a good tutorial on it.

    http://quiltobsession.wordpress.com/...ots-of-photos/

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    I have a correction to make. The block is 10x10 but I added 3.5 inch strips around it to wonk it and it ended up as a 13 inch block ...now off to do another challenge.

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    Little Monkey Wrenches

    I will keep posting just blocks here as I do them on a daily basis, time permitting. Here is a little puppy quilt that is getting worked on in-between the blocks. The blocks finish at 4 inches and I need 25 to finish a little quilt. I am still working from the Aunt Gracie scraps from the Wheels quilt that I finished and posted a few days ago.

    This fabric is such a happy fabric and it seems that I tend to want to use it up while the ideas are there. I am using both Block Base and EQ to print the blocks at the size I want. I find the blocks in BB, and sometimes pull them into EQ to get more printing options.. Sometimes EQ will offer a paper pieced pattern or it will allow you to create one if it doesn't offer one.

    I am paper piecing these little buggers lol. I am doing the freezer paper techinque, using one set of pattern over and over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf View Post
    Is this the one you mean. I found a good tutorial on it.

    http://quiltobsession.wordpress.com/...ots-of-photos/
    No, that's not the one although it is pretty. The one I am thinking of is a very old swallow pattern that has much the same shape as the fish body but with wings. I think it was in Jenny Beyer's big book of quilt blocks. I love the background on your fish. If you use a solid fabric, you can always see the seam lines. If you use a fabric print, you can always see where the print is cut. The mottled light background is awesome!

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    I've seen a fish block done in a string quilt fashion, but this is really unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    No, that's not the one although it is pretty. The one I am thinking of is a very old swallow pattern that has much the same shape as the fish body but with wings. I think it was in Jenny Beyer's big book of quilt blocks. I love the background on your fish. If you use a solid fabric, you can always see the seam lines. If you use a fabric print, you can always see where the print is cut. The mottled light background is awesome!
    I am so curious about this block now...do you have a pic of it or a link.....

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    Very cute! A nice watery looking light blue fabric would make an awesome background if you were gonna make several blocks like this.

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    Directions for the block and a quilt made from it are in the book "More Quilts from The Quiltmaker's Gift".
    http://www.amazon.com/More-Quilts-Qu.../dp/0439519519

    There are 19 quilt patterns in the book if I counted correctly. It's early or late I guess for me since I just got in from working a 12 hour shift. The price at Amazon is excellent mine cost $26.99 I like both this book and the first one "Quilts from The Quiltmaker's Gift". The instructions are generally easy to follow. I have never tried the Fish block though. Yours is great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlanoDebbie View Post
    Very cute! A nice watery looking light blue fabric would make an awesome background if you were gonna make several blocks like this.
    I agree, but I don't intend to make another block lol. It takes too long, instead I am making different ones with a little challenge as well. I might be able to post the next block today.

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    Sunflower block

    I just finished the sunflower block #3564 in Block Base. I pulled the block into EQ so I could Paper piece some parts of the block but most of the block was just diamonds, set in. I am still using the scraps from the Wheels Quilt of the Aunt Gracie Fabric and intend to make more blocks with a little challenge lol.

    I also wonked this block.
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