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The Fish Quilt pattern is finished!
In this post I talked about choosing fabric – especially the color.
Today I’m talking about using the print wisely on the fabric I chose.
I’m using examples from the Fish quilt pattern – but this applies to choosing and using your fabric print for any quilt. Here’s just one example of a block from the Wild Flowers quilt pattern that uses stripes really well.
So – back to the fish. In addition to the crosshatch and tiny polkadots prints I used from the Rainbow Brights fabric bundle, I also used the Little Stripes fabric bundle. It’s those stripes I want to focus on today.
When you’re working with stripes, you really want to pay attention to the way you position the applique pieces. I actually do that with all kinds of fabrics. See how the crosshatching on Gerald’s body runs at an angle, and on the spot and his tail it runs straight up and down?
I actually did that on purpose, but most people don’t even notice it.
That’s not the case with bolder patterns like these stripes. You really have to think about how those stripes will run.
On Hank here I made the stripes run horizontally.
On Charlie I chose vertically.
You could use striped fabric on some fish and skip the smaller applique stripes, Like Louis here.
If you wanted to simplify that fish, just skip the purple applique stripes and use a striped fabric set vertically for his body. Easy peasy!
On Angelina I used the stripes to mimic the way a lot of fins have ribs in them, and how the angle of the ribs change – kind of sweeping back as the fish moves through the water.
In both of her fins, the stripes are parallel with the front edge of the fin.
I fully admit that that last example may be overthinking things a bit. 🙂
But I do stand by the notion that when your fabric print is bold, you need to put some thought into how you use it in your applique.
Have fun with your fish! And play with pattern! I can’t wait to see what kinds of prints you use for your fish. I hope you’ll posts photos as you go in the Shiny Happy People Facebook group.
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