Marv’s Trout Wall Quilt

Wall Quilt I made for Marv's new Office

Wall Quilt I made for Marv’s new Office

As many of you know, my husband, Marv, recently retired from the V.A. Hospital and then began a new job at Idaho State University as the Assistant Director of the Physician Assistant Studies.  In his new job, he has his own office and it has been fun to help him decorate it.  I wanted to make him something special for his office and I had seen a design for a wall quilt that I thought would be a nice addition for one of the walls in his office.  The pattern and design is called “About Trout” from Lunch Box Quilts.

Starting to sew the batik fabric to build a section of the trout.

Starting to sew the batik fabric to build a section of the trout.

It is comprised of a series of  5 machine applique designs that, when sewn together make a large trout.  I studied a picture of a rainbow trout as I chose the various batik fabrics for wall quilt.  I love batiks because they add such rich colors, as you can see.

The first two sections of the trout.

The first two sections of the trout.

The center sections of the trout

The center sections of the trout

The last two sections of the trout

The last two sections of the trout

 

 

 

 

 

 

The appliquéd trout sections are sewn together and then surrounded by three borders.  The middle border is comprised of of 16 additional embroidery designs of various flies, similar to those that would be used for fly fishing.

Border with embroidered flies

Border with embroidered flies

Close up of one of the flies.

Close up of one of the flies.

Additional flies in Border

Additional flies in Border

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the flies become three dimensional once they are stitched and trimmed, they are fun to watch stitch out.

The top of the quilt is complete

 

The top of the quilt is complete

 Once all borders were sewn on, it was time to pin the quilt top, batting and backing together and quilt the wall quilt.

Quilting "in the ditch" or on the seam lines of the borders

Quilting “in the ditch” or on the seam lines of the borders

Next, I trimmed away the excess fabric and added the binding.

Trimming the excess backing fabric

Trimming the excess backing fabric

Sewing on the binding

Sewing on the binding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To enable the quilt to be hung easily, I attached a sleeve on the upper back of the quilt.

Laying out the sleeve and dowel to check on correct lengths before stitching to back of quilt.

Laying out the sleeve and dowel to check on correct lengths before stitching to back of quilt.

Now it was time for the finishing touch, the label.  It was designed on my computer and then stitched out on my embroidery module.

The label for Marv's quilt

The label for Marv’s quilt

The label sewn onto the back of the quilt

The label sewn onto the back of the quilt

I found an old Chinese Proverb that stated, “New jobs are like hooked fish.  They feel big at first, but tend to be smaller once you get to know them.  I thought it was  just what I needed for his label.

The best part of all is that Marv was very pleased about the quilt.  We drove over to his office last night and hung it 0in his office.  He said it was the finishing touch!

Marv in his new office at ISU with the trout wall quilt in the bckground

Marv in his new office at ISU with the trout wall quilt in the background

This was a very fun quilt to make and I will likely be teaching a class on it this spring at Quilt Crossing.  It will be exciting to see the different quilts that emerge in that class.

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One Response to Marv’s Trout Wall Quilt

  1. jim stinnet says:

    I love it! My wife, Jamie, is a quilter. A few years back, as Jamie was getting started, we stumbled into a quilt shop in Sutherlin, OR and purchased the same Trout wallhanger/quilt you have shown here.

    Your color choices are outstanding. Beautiful work.

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