If you would like a fun and whimsical wall hanging, then my Swimming Upstream quilt pattern might be just what you are looking for.
The finished quilt measures 28″ x 40″ so it is great for a smaller wall space.
Start digging through all of your fabrics. Because of the design, this pattern is an ideal scrap buster.
I used various corals for this version, but I can picture this in so many other color waves. Wouldn’t it look great hanging in a mountain cabin or beach house?
This piece was professionally quilted by Adria Good Longarm Quilting and it makes it shine. As a result of using turquoise thread, the quilted water ripples and bubbles add dimension and movement to the quilt.
The blocks are fairly easy to piece, but because of their smaller size, they do take a bit more time. This earlier blog post has step by step photos showing how to make the block. I have also made a video demonstrating the block assembly.
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To make the Swimming Upstream quilt pattern, you will need a few supplies
- Fabric for the fish: Various fabrics totaling approximately 1 1/2 yards
- Background fabric: Various fabrics totaling approximately 2 yards
- Backing fabric: 1 1/4 yards
- Binding: Depends on how you plan on binding your quilt, but approximately 1/2 yard should suffice
- Batting: Large enough to fit the quilt top with over hang on all four sides for the quilting
- Basic Sewing Supplies
Here are some items that may help you with this Swimming Upstream quilt pattern
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Because I love the scrappy look, I used a variety of beige and off-white fabrics for the background. I continued that look with the binding and back of the quilt by using fabrics that I had used for the fish.