There's a fish, or maybe a "fish-vane" (as opposed to a weather vane) in one block of the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt. So I've been fishing for a fish pattern to use. (Wouldn't it have been fun if I'd photographed these on a blue background?)
I searched "vintage fish illustrations" on google and found some great fish. I made screenshots of three that I liked, then cropped and printed them. Then I cut them out to help decide which to use.
They are a little too big for the block but I decided that I could cut on the lines and when I turned the edges under, the fish would be about the right size.
I deliberated which fish to use and finally decided on the first one, above at the top, with the upturned tail and mildly astonished expression.
So I chose fabric -- something that's been in progress since the beginning of the month. Plaids or prints or plain? Browns or greys or sea-weedy greens? Or maybe some other color I saw in the vintage illustrations on google? I kept leaning toward greens but couldn't commit. I finally chose this greyish-green and black check for the body and added the other fabrics.
I like this little fish a lot but somehow it doesn't strike me as primitive. Tomorrow I will make a pattern of the middle fish of the three, use different fabric, and see what I think. To be really primitive I suppose I should just draw a fish free-hand.
I believe it has always been true that I must see it before I can decide, and sometimes I must also see a photo of it before I can decide, and occasionally I must look at it and the photo of it for days before I decide. Oh, to have an artist's vision!
Having a fish in this quilt captured my heart. Isn't fishing one of those great American pastimes? When I was a child my father bought a wooden boat in need of repair. After some months of work it was ready and he took me fishing several times a week for four or five summers. Sometimes we caught nothing, other times we pulled in a fish each time the line went into the water. Those were the days we didn't want to go home! It's one of my treasured summertime memories. You can read a post about it on my other blog if you're interested.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the other fish turns out and which one becomes the fish-vane.
Do you go fishing?
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