At the end of last year South West Modern Quilt Guild had an improv workshop with Nicholas Ball. It was a great day – he is a fantastic teacher – and I decided to have a go at his fish design.
The fish are made up of two intersecting curves, with a triangle tail. They are great fun to make, I enjoyed experimenting with making skinny fish and rounder fish. The background fabric is a mix of hoarded vintage kimono pieces, with some scraps, and the fish are metallic gold prints.
Putting the fish together was like doing a jigsaw, adding pieces of background to make them fit together. I quilted with curved lines, like waves, by drawing a chalk line first. The quilting thread is metallic navy (Aurifil Brillo) which is hard to photograph, but looks very pretty in real life.
Nick brought lots of his quilts from his book along to show us. It was great to see them close up, hear about his inspiration and how they were made.