Baby Goldfish

Goldfish Quilt

There are two types of quilts I just never get tired of making – squares in squares and quilts for children. Last week a friend asked me to make a quilt for her to give as a gift for a baby shower. She picked the fabric color theme and I got free reign on the quilt design.

Goldfish Detail 4

I pulled a couple fabric stacks and she selected one with blue, brown and some Heather Ross goldfish fabrics. (Sadly, this is just about the last of my goldfish in bags. End of an era!)

Fabric pull for a friend

Each block has either two or three fabrics. They measure 12″ x 12″ each. I decided to do more wavy quilting on this one…thought it was appropriate with the whole fish/water theme!

Goldfish Detail 3

Someone asked me how I did this type of quilting on the Mermaid pillow last week. I used the Running Stitch on my machine (Bernina 440QE stitch #4, looks like a zigzag) and maxed out the width and set the length to around 4. It created these lovely wavy lines.

Goldfish Detail 2

The final quilt measures 36″ x 36″. I think it’s the perfect size for a playmat or draping over the baby on a walk or in the car.

Goldfish Detail 1

I pulled another set of fabric centered around Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line and I made another little boy quilt from that for my shop. It’s all quilted and waiting for binding – I hope to share that with you next week!


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    Love this cute quilt. I’ve got two friends having babies around the same time. I’m such a slow quilter but I think I could pull off a couple of these in time! Fun quilting lines, thanks for the tip!

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      What a fun little quilt. You have such a nice assortment of fabrics to work with. Love those pearl rings, or whatever they might be called. The stitching is just right, too!

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    This quilt is fab. Fantastic colourways and love, love, love the quilting lines – I’ll be putting this tip into practice asap. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

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    Lynnette says

    Fabulous quilt for a little boy. The goldfish fabrics and the wavy quilting lines make this just perfect. You have inspired me.

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    Paty Z says

    Love the quilting!! The selection of fabrics is beautiful. Iยดm going to try the quilting pattern right away. Thanks for the idea.

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    Another gorgeous quilt from you! Yes, I love the serpentine stitching, especially with your fishie fabric. I’ve thought of doing a serpentine quilting stitch with my walking foot, but haven’t tried it yet. I really love the effect now that I’m seeing it on your quilt. And I will be totally ripping off your squares-in-squares concept for a baby quilt, as soon as I finish the drunkard’s path quilt that has consumed me since October…

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    Love it! I wish I would have grabbed some of that goldfish fabric – it’s so cute. I love the blues you paired it up with, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jo-Anne says

    So very sweet!! I’d love to know the name of the black fabric used in the top right square, the one that looks like waves. It would be perfect for a quilt I’m currently putting together.

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    Jenny says

    This is really sweet, and YOU are sweet for not hiding the HR when friends come to select fabrics. (I think I might.)

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    Terry says

    Love the fabric selection — and the squares are some of my favorite motifs — great work and nice stitching – ๐Ÿ™‚

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    dianne says

    OMG Totally Cute. THANKS for sharing your “secret” for the wavy quilting. I too was wondering. ๐Ÿ™‚


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    Thanks for the quilting tip. I LOVE the goldfish in bags. I have a little bit–afraid to cut into it because then it will be gone, although I have a plan so I should just cut, right? This is a perfect baby quilt.

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    That little quilt is so cute! I want to cut up all of my goldfish now! (but if you need some, let me know. I can share ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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    darci says

    Super cute and it looks like it comes together fairly quickly with such big blocks. I’ve made nearly 10 quilts by now, but always following a pattern or tutorial. I’m not quite ready to just wing it. Would you be able to put together a post on how you went about constructing your blocks? Thanks!

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    I L*O*V*E the goldfish in bags, and sadly, didn’t manage to snag any during their heyday, but your quilt is lovely. And although I don’t have a Bernina, I’ll have to try your quilting technique to see if it works on my Pfaff. Thanks for the idea.

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    Desiree says

    Thanks for the tip about quilting the wavy lines! I’ve been playing with my machine (Brother brand) to see if I can do the same thing. Quick question: my stitches look a little long when I do this. Is that okay? About how long are each of your stitches using this method? Thanks again! I LOVE following your blog and I’m learning so much!

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    Manu says

    I wanted to try this “wavy lines quilting” for quite some time now and finally did it. It’s turning out really lovely on a quilt i’m making for a little boy and i’m certainly going to use it on future quilts!
    All the best from Switzerland and thank you for all the great work you’re putting in your blog!

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