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.

39 thoughts on “Underwater Quilting

  1. Anonymous

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

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      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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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Diana! You’re the only other person I know who has met Darky down there. And Miss Prissy Fishy and Pretty Boy! I’m delighted that you’ve met my friends. Only a fantasy diving author would recognize them in their “world.”

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  2. laura bruno lilly

    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!
    πŸ˜€

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I used the machine to do that quilting. Only the bindings are put on by hand on the second side. Hand quilting would be so time consuming but those who do it end up with a beautiful job. So far, I don’t have the patience for that. Thanks for the nice compliments, Jennie. Have a great
      Sunday.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      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?

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