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Gallery Quilt – Finished

I was able to finish my gallery quilt this week.

Just in time for my sister’s birthday. She commented to me one day that she really loved this quilt (she saw me post it on Instagram… kind of forgot she was on Instagram!) and I had to try really hard to keep it in that it was for her for a birthday/housewarming present.

I knew I wanted to make  a quilt using the Heather Ross fish in bags print. Sister kind of has a thing about fish, and keeping them alive… anyway… I thought for a really long time about how to use them, since I only had a little scrap, not even a fat quarter.

Initially, I had planned on framing them out in a little white, then doing a log cabin something, kind of like Brooke did. Then I saw Kati’s gallery quilt and knew it was perfect for my sister. Clean lines, really accenting some bold focus fabrics, and I could frame out one of each goldfish so they really stood out.

(Bjorn is my favorite fishie. Don’t tell the others.)

Kati was kind enough to let me use her layout. (She’s thinking of turning it into a pattern, which I fully support). I love how the whole thing turned out. It was a lot of fun to make, and perfect for special fabrics you want to feature without cutting them up too much.

I love how the graphic prints of Echo (Lotta Jansdotter) combine with the Impressions (Ty Pennington) to give it  a completely modern feel, and bring out the colors of the fish.

I hope sister really loves it now that it’s all done, and it’s hers. She doesn’t actually know it’s hers yet, since she went out of town for her birthday, but it’s waiting at her house to surprise her when she gets home tonight. I’m pretty sure she won’t be checking the blog before then. I hope.

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15 Thoughts on “Gallery Quilt – Finished

  1. I just really love how this turned out Colleen! You did such a great job. Your fabrics are perfect for this design.

  2. This is beautiful! I love how you worked in the fishies, so adorable!

  3. Such a cute quilt! You did a great job with the fabrics and colors, very nice!

  4. This is wonderful – love the little fishes too!

  5. Great!! Good use of big fun fabrics so you can still see the design of them. Thank you for sharing!

  6. This looks so fab, love the wee framed fishies, and the fabrics you chose to go with them

  7. I loved this quilt for the composition and great use of the lotta prints – and then you pointed out the little fish bags! SO cool!!

  8. jkRibbit on February 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm said:

    Turned out amazing! What a great birthday surprise! :)

  9. Hi, Colleen! I really miss guild and seeing what you creative gals are up to! This is such a fun layout and a great solution to the fish-in-a-bag teeny scrappies, makes me laugh. I know your sister will love it!

  10. Yay! This looks awesome, and a great way to show off those prints! Your sis is going to love, love, love it. :)

  11. Your sister did love it! Love, love, loved it! Honestly I still cannot believe it is mine. Best surprise ever … and you know how I feel about surprises!! Hate them usually … if all surprises were like this I would probably like surprises! Thanks Sister, love it!! Love you!

  12. Love how you used the fish!

  13. Belinda Turner on February 22, 2012 at 9:54 am said:

    Love the quilt and love the fabrics. What is your source for these awesome graphic prints and colors?

  14. I LOVE how you framed those adorable fish. Your sister is one lucky lady. Gorgeous quilt.

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