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Kissy Fishy

Posted on: August 26th, 2016 by Lorna McMahon
YES! I did manage to get this one quilted in time for the show!
I spent last Friday and Saturday at the International Plowing Match Quilt Show in Harriston, Ontario. You can read about the results here. I was so excited… And also a bit nervous…..
So during the week prior, to alleviate my nervousness, I cut into some fabric and began making my way through the Kissy Fishy pattern. At last report for the Let’s Bee Social, I noted that I had a finished top.
And YES!!! I managed to get this one basted, quilted and bound just in time for the show!

For the quilting, I used plain white Gutermann thread both on top and in the bobbin to quilt those wavy lines with my walking foot – as usual. Then I decided to add to the quilting with some variegated blue Fantastico from Superior Threads and wove my way parallel to every third or fourth quilting line. I love how this turned out! Without being overwhelming, it looks like those fish are actually swimming under the sea!

The “boy fish” were made using some fabrics I could not resist purchasing last year, which have been used previously in my original Dog Gone Cute quilt. These are Rain Drops fabrics in Blue and Sky from the H2O collection by Timeless Treasures from the Row by Row 2015.
The “girl fish” were made using the Season’s Best honeycomb print by Kim Schaefer for Andover paired up with this grid print from the Best.Day.Ever! collection by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns for Moda.

This is the first scrappy backing I’ve made in an awful long time. I chose this blue and white Gridworks print by Deborah Edwards of Northcott Fabrics, and did have enough yardage that I could have made a pieced backing. But I did not want to try and match up the seam to make the print appear to continue across the full back. So I used some remainders from the fish fabrics to piece the left side of the backing.

And the binding came up a few inches shy of the required length. So I threw on a piece of the Season’s Best honeycomb print. And I really like how this little bit gives a little punch to the dark frame and adds to the scrappy feel of this quilt. Binding is Holiday Magic for Henry Glass Fabrics – the same fabric used for binding my original Black Birds quilt.

We finally got some rain. Makes the fish happy….
And has brightened up our lawn. The grass is now green and lush!

And I think the corn is much happier now too.

The “Kissy Fishy quilt finished at 52” x 52″

and was the 10th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

Special thanks to ALL of the many volunteers who offered to test the Kissy Fishy pattern! It was so nice to have your help in getting this pattern ready in time for bringing printed copies to my booth at the quilt show. I appreciate all your help so very much!!!
Finally!!!! Bessie finally gave birth to her calf on Wednesday. It’s a GIRL!!!!
Because she was born so much later than all the other calves, we have separated mom and babe into a pen in the barn, away from the reach from the others. The other calves were all born in June! You can read about them here and here.
Nature can be so cruel. You see those bigger calves will ride on this sweet little one and wear her down. She needs to grow a bit to have a fighting chance!
Bessie and ???
Here you can see Bessie is very protective. And is doing a wonderful job of keeping her wee babe clean and spotless.
Orphan Andy 2 & 1/2 months

And here comes trouble! This is nosy Orphan Andy. He sees me and he thinks it’s bottle time. He is another reason why we are keeping the new babe and mom out of reach. He will be a general pest and will try to get the momma’s milk for himself.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

when she returns in September!

Keep On Quilting On!



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30 Responses

  1. Melanie says:

    Cute quilt! I always love your wavy line quilting!!!Super sweet cow photos! Maybe Anne or Lily for the sweet calf?

  2. Nancy J says:

    Love the blue added to your wavy lines, beautiful backing and binding to go with a fantastic front. Your wee calf, what about either Faith or Hope? She is the essence of nature, and all good things in the universe, and has a delightful face and colouring.Good idea to keep them separate for a while. And I'm so glad the show went well.

  3. Unknown says:

    Maybe Bessie's cutie needs a unique name all her own. Better. (Better Late Than Never) Bessie and Better. Congratulations on your show success!

  4. I'd name her Bonnie – for a bonnie lass – she is so cute!! Your fishy quilt turned out so cute. Great job – especially sewing under pressure – I find that hard! Love the fabrics you used and the quilting – love that blue you inserted!

  5. Patty says:

    Congrats on the quilt finish. Fun looking pattern and I like the extra line of blue splattered in there. I'd suggest Robin 'cause it rhymes with bobbin!

  6. SandraC says:

    She looks like a Sweet Bella!

  7. BettyK says:

    Lacy would be a very pretty name for this latecomer. Well done on the fish quilt.

  8. legato1958 says:

    I just LOVE your Kissy Fishy quilt, Lorna! These fabrics are totally cute for your design!! And your quilting is spot on… it does feel like they are swimming in the water!! The wavy lines create the feeling of movement, don't they? This brings the fish to life.I am working on the backing of my own Kissy Fishy quilt now, and can't wait to put it together. It is really a fun quilt to make!! Everyone in my house smiles when they walk by it!Congrats to your newborn calf. (I'd name her Nutmeg.)Susie

  9. Mel J. says:

    Love how your Kissy Fishy turned out 🙂 I am so impressed that you can work so quickly to get a quilt done. I love the blue variegated thread that you used – it really does give the illusion of swimming fish. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful quilts they are quite the inspiration 🙂

  10. Skootchover says:

    Yet another absolutely wonderful quilt Lorna! Your quilting is a perfect complement to the piecing.

  11. Tish Stemple says:

    I really love how adding a single blue wavy line every few lines gives the quilting a water look. So very cool! And what a sweet tiny baby girl. It's amazing how quickly animals grow. Andy is already 2 1/2 months old?

  12. Judy MacLeod says:

    Omigosh, cuteness overload – the quilt and the heifer. Can't wait until September when you come to our guild and I get to meet you!So is there a cow quilt in the future for us farm girls?

  13. MoeWest says:

    I love the kissy fish pattern! The blue line in your quilting really gives the water effect. I would name the new calf Virginia because she is a Virgo.

  14. PegP says:

    Cute quilt! And the new baby – she's adorable! How about August for a name?

  15. Rina Mason says:

    What a cute quilt! The fabric you picked is perfect. Love the new addition and how mama is taking such good care of her. I think Clover would be a great name. She's a lucky little four leaf clover to be raised by such great two legged and four legged caretakers. Rina

  16. It's just stunning Lorna! ♡

  17. It's just stunning Lorna! ♡

  18. Sarah Craig says:

    It's a beautiful quilt, and your quilting is just the icing on the cake! What a sweet little girl – she looks like a Sadie to me!

  19. Very cute fishy finish and even cuter calf! A few names to throw into the ring — Lulabelle, Clarabelle, or Tulip.

  20. Seriously Lorna, I know nothing about cows except that yours are the cutest! Of course the babies are darling but that mama, Bessie – she's really beautiful! I'm sticking with Buffy for a name suggestion. It will be fun to hear what you actually choose. The quit is darling, too! Love the little scrap in the binding. So glad the show/booth was a success.

  21. Kate says:

    What a fun quilt! Congrats on the finish. The variegated thread adds just the right touch of blue.

  22. I love your quilt! Those fishes are fantastics in those colors. Pinned.And what a sweet calf! I would call her Rose (pink, in French), because she has a pretty pink snout. 🙂

  23. Cheryl says:

    What a cute new addition to your farm 🙂 She looks like an Emma to me.

  24. Stephanie says:

    I love this one – the fabrics are just perfect. And I love your binding solution, it mirrors the fins so it actually looks intentional!

  25. Rachel says:

    Congrats on another great finish! I really like the touch of blue quilting. Very pretty!

  26. Annette says:

    How bout Brandy cuz she's brand new?

  27. This just might be my favorite pattern to date! I love those kissing fish and the quilting is perfect for them. The scrappy back and dark binding really add to the overall look. As for the little girl, I like Betty's suggestion of Lacy. I had a student named Lacy who was always late to class, so I got a chuckle on that one.

  28. Love the prints you used for the fish. I'm already planning another quilt.

  29. Unknown says:

    Ein wunderbarer Quillt.Erinnert an den Sommer .Dein Kälbchen ist so süß ich würde es Karoline nennen .

  30. Jen says:

    Your photography is great! I love the rain drop fabric for your fish and the quilting is perfect for this quilt. Thanks for sharing. Great post.