Quilt Patterns

Swimming Upstream Quilt Pattern

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.

Close up of the stitching

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Swimming Upstream Quilt Pattern - Free Pattern

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.

Swimming Upstream Quilt Pattern - Free Pattern

If you know someone who loves to fish, or is looking for a unique wall hanging then give this free pattern a try.

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