Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Darting Fish Tutorial
For my quilt, I am using a single background fabric. For that, I cut 2.5 inch and 1.5 inch strips. From the 2.5 inch background strip I cut four 2.5 inch squares. From the 1.5 inch strips, I cut four 1.5 inch squares, four 1.5 by 2.5 inch rectangles and two 1.5 by 4.5 inch rectangles.
I should mention that this fish is bidirectional and can face either direction (assuming no directional print is chosen for the fish).
In the photo, the top two rectangles show the two tail pieces that are formed by laying the 1.5 inch square fuschia square on a 1.5 by 2.5 inch background rectangle.
The bottom two rectangles show the top and bottom fin. In this case, the fin is a 1.5 by 3.5 inch rectangle of fuschia with two 1.5 inch squares of the background fabric on either end.
The lines show the direction to sew the seams. Remember not to sew exactly diagonal to diagonal, but to move a thread's distance towards the corner to accommodate folding the fabric over.
Also, sew the four body strips (1.5 by 5.5 inches) so they alternate.
Now the photo shows the fish layout for the next steps and includes the background fabric.
First, decide which stripe will be on the top and which will be on the bottom. Depending on what you choose, sew the matching 1.5 inch squares to the back corners of the fish's face to make flip triangles.
Next, sew two 2.5 inch squares to the back of the fish body to make flip triangles.
And you can also sew the two tail pieces together.
And last, but not least, sew a 1.5 by 2.5 inch background rectangle to the back of each fin. Then sew a 1.5 by 4.5 inch background rectangle to the front of each fin.
For this step, sew two 2.5 inch squares to the face on the diagonal (as shown) to make flip triangles.
Also, sew the tail to back of the fish. Match the points together. In fact, given how the flip triangles are ironed, when the front side of the tail is laid on top of the body, the two pieces will snug right into each other.
Next, sew the top fin to the fish. Carefully match the triangle at the back of the fin to the triangle that shapes the back of the fish body.
Finally, sew the bottom fin to the fish. Again, carefully match the triangle at the back of the bottom fin to triangle that forms the fish nether regions.