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.
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 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.
Since the flies become three dimensional once they are stitched and trimmed, they are fun to watch stitch out.
Once all borders were sewn on, it was time to pin the quilt top, batting and backing together and quilt the wall quilt.
Next, I trimmed away the excess fabric and added the binding.
To enable the quilt to be hung easily, I attached a sleeve on the upper back of the 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.
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!
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.