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Underwater Quilting


No, I didn’t quilt these placemats underwater, but I felt like I was drowning in my work at times. Here are two finished and six not finished placemats I worked on while at the quilting retreat.

I wanted to make up the scenes as I went along, so no two placemats are the same. (The one below is finished except for the binding.)

However, you may notice a reappearance of the dark invader, my Darth Vader fish, in several of the placemats. His job is to see that you don’t eat too much at one sitting.

Miss Prissy Fishy below lets the others know that she has special protection from Darky. Who knows what favours she supplies?

So Darky concentrates on other unearthly looking fish for his supper.

And yet, he must wonder why he has no friends. Look at them scramble to get away.

“Miss Prissy Fishy,” says Pretty Boy, “why are you ignoring me?Β  See how talented I am. I can touch my toes. And anyway, don’t you know that good things come in small packages?”

“I heard that, Pretty Boy,” bubbles Darky, “but in the case of eat or be eaten, just remember that size matters. Oh dear, now look what I’ve done. I’ve upset Little Blue Wonderfish.”

Disclaimer via Darky: Not responsible for any fish swimming upside down.

Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

46 thoughts on “Underwater Quilting

  1. They look fantastic – and all that done without scuba gear! πŸ˜€ If you ever make it to Fredericksburg, you really need to meet the members of our local quilting guild.


  2. Pretty awesome. No going back for “seconds” when I am enjoying a delectable seafood dinner with roasted potatoes. Hardly seems fair!!!


  3. I’m familiar with feeling as though you’re drowning, Anneli! I love these! Thanks for sharing.

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    • I think a lot of women know how that feels. But having said that, I’m sure men have that drowning feeling at times too, just about different things. Happy to hear that you like my placemats. They’re fun to make because I never know how each one will turn out.

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  4. Wow, Anneli. Those are so delightfully awesome. I love the fish and as a scuba diver, I can attest to the authenticity! πŸ™‚

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  5. Nice, but the fish with the big teeth is scary!

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  6. Gorgeous! Placemats with a story – It reminds me of the historical use of the ‘Blue Willow’ pattern in dishes with the pattern recounting a love story. Only your story is way different, it’s a contemporary quilter’s take on the ‘story-telling’ genre!

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  7. Those have to be the coolest placemats that I’ve ever seen!


  8. They are beautiful! And I love the stories that go with them. πŸ™‚

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  9. Those placemats are outstanding. Most beautiful work with a fun story. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. These look like they were loads of fun to make.


  11. WOW! You are a masterful quilter, Anneli. Do you use a machine to make the stitching that looks like water, or do you do that by hand? These are gorgeous!

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  12. Oh, I’m so impressed! We have three avid quilters in our building, and I know how much hard work it is. But first, you must have inspiration…

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    • Now that they are finished (since I posted this), I got re-inspired to make two more for friends. This time it was much faster because I had a better idea of what I was doing. Isn’t that always the way?


  13. Anneli, these are amazing. Trying quilting years ago almost killed me! I learned just how much I hate sewing! Ha, ha!

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