Fish Rainbow Row Paper Pieced Quilt Panel Pattern
Skill Level: Beginner
Size: Each fish is 2"x9.5" finished
Full panel is 16"x16" finished (16.5"x16.5" unfinished)
- Fabric scraps
- sewing machine
- iron and ironing surface
- rotary cutter and mat or sharp scissors
- ruler (including 1/4" measurement)
- printer paper on which to print pattern
- Shorten stitch length to 1.2
- choose fabrics with a strong contrast to help the fish stand out
This versatile pattern features an alternate layout for my original Fishies panel, with a row of rainbow fish. It is a basic foundation paper piecing pattern, perfect for both novice and experienced paper piecers. The pattern includes a foundation paper piecing pattern for the large fish, finishing at 2"x9.5", as well as cutting instructions and a piecing diagram for a full 16"x16" finished panel (16.5"x16.5" unfinished). The large fish pattern is duplicated on the pages to minimize paper waste when printing.
This pattern can be created with any number of fabric color combinations. At 16"x16" finished size, this would make a wonderful pillow to tie into a nautical or underwater themed room, or to brighten up any room. The fish could also be used individually for other smaller projects, such as fabric bins for a playroom, kids' place mats, or even at the bottom of a little girl's dress.
This pattern does not contain basic paper piecing instructions, but you can find a tutorial with instructions on my blog at http://nightquilter.com/2014/06/03/tutorial-basic-foundation-paper-piecing/
Enjoy! I can't wait to see what you create!!
Note: Photos are by Julie Schloemer at http://thatssojulie.blogspot.com/, who pattern tested this pattern for me. Check her out!