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Something Fishy

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In a couple of weeks, I will be going to a quilting retreat. It’s a chance to do three days of sewing without having to stop to clean the house, make dinner, and wash dishes.

It has been since before Covid that I have been to one of these working holidays and I was at a bit of a loss as to what project(s) to take with me to work on.

Four years ago, I sewed the placemats you see in this post, meaning to take them as gifts to friends in Montana, but with the border closed for a long time, the placemats were put on the shelf for later, and later, and later. I almost gave up on the gift idea and was going to use them myself, but they didn’t feel as if they really belonged to me. They were destined for Montana.

Along comes a quilting retreat that I’m able to attend for the first time in several years. It will be the perfect time to make a set of these fishy placemats for the Captain and myself.

Here is the first one I made, rather oversized, but okay to use as a table center. You can see that I got carried away with my imaginary fish. That’s Darth Vader’s cousin on the top right.

No such fish exist, as far as I know, but it was fun to make up some “pretend” fish to swim in and out of the seaweed.

A few turtles swam past as I was sewing. Some stayed to visit.

Some of the placemats have rocks near the ocean floor. Maybe I’ll put some clams and crabs in the next set. Sea urchins might be fun to add as well, and who knows what else might live there in the depths? Maybe a squid or two? In this case, the sky really is the limit.

I hope to have a new set of fishy placemats to show you in a few weeks.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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58 thoughts on “Something Fishy

  1. It is great to take time and make time to be creative. Hope your quilting time is relaxing, fun and productive and that even more new fish species come into being, Anneli. Allan

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  2. I love them, Anneli! So fun and colorful. Maybe you could add Spongebob, Patrick, and the gang? Spongebob lives!

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  3. Maybe you could add a jewellery-trunk on the ground.
    Beautiful placemats, almost a pity to put a plate full of food on them.

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  4. Wow – you are very talented! These are so pretty and such fun, too. The rocks look very real. I hope your retreat is enjoyable; it’s been a long time since we have been able to do these activities. Cheers.

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  5. This is so cool! Great work on these, they look very pretty!

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  6. I can’t even imagine how much work went into those, Anneli. They will be treasured.

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  7. Very nice placemats. I’m so glad you’ll get to finally get away on this retreat you enjoy. I would love to go on a writing retreat, where you have nothing to do but write.

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  8. This definitely caught my attention. And so colorful. Anita

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  9. What beautifully imaginative work, Anneli! How wonderful to receive as a gift and to enjoy for you two as well.

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  10. Excellent job! Good luck at your quilting retreat, Anneli!

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  11. Gorgeous! I’m so happy you’re going on a quilting retreat, Anneli. I remember photos from the last one you attended pre-COVID. I hope you have a great time.

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  12. I remember your last retreat: at least, I think I do. I have a vision of those wonderful quilts being hung in that beautiful lodge — what fun you’ll have! And of course all these quilts had to bring to mind “that” garden!

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  13. The placemats are really beautiful. You are so talented, Anneli. I hope you have a fabulous time at your quilting retreat. I remember when you’ve gone in the past, and I hope we get a sample of all the quilts again!

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  14. They are lovely Anneli😊 have fun with your future projects.

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  15. Have fun, Anneli!

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  16. Anneli, these are wonderful! Let your imagination fly … or in this case swim away with you! You are truly gifted and as someone who has zero needlework ability, I’m in awe of you and your creations. Have a fabulous time at the retreat!

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  17. Your quilted placements, bags and other things are always appreciated. Maybe you could also try making some tropical looking ones with some parrot fish. They are so colorful. Enjoy your retreat and watch out for frosty wooden stairs! Ouch!

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    • I was just looking online for some ideas like that. You’re so right about the brighter colours of tropical fish. And yes, I’ve been thinking about those stairs on the guesthouse. I don’t think we’ll get snow this time and I’ll do my best not to fly down the stairs.

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  18. These are very fun and creative placemats Anneli. I hope they bring you many smiles. Enjoy your quilting retreat and time for yourself. We all need that.

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  19. They are beautiful, Anneli, and I can only imagine the time it took to create these. And I love your idea for Darth Vader’s cousin! My mom and MIL could sew anything. That gene missed me, so I admire your skill and talent. Have a wonderful time at the retreat.

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    • It just takes time and “a little help from my friends” to get jump-started. You could do it, I’m sure. But I’m so pleased that you like Darth Vader’s cousin. He was a bit of a wild afterthought when I was making the placemats. Thanks for your visit and your nice comment, Lauren.

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  20. How fun. I remember a post about the last time you went on your quilting retreat. I love quilting so it must have stuck with me. Great placements and a perfect choice in fabrics – like seeing things through dappled water. Have a lot of fun, my friend, and definitely show off your creations.

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  21. That is beautiful! You are very clever.

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  22. Anneli, thank you for sharing a few of your quilting treasures. Years ago when I still teaching in eastern Montana, a group of ladies used one of the classrooms for a bi-weekly quilting conclave.

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  23. Love it! You are so creative, Anneli. Have fun at the retreat!

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  24. Hi Anneli, that looks like such a fun project! Needlework’s not something I’ve tried but I can see how it could be very relaxing.

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  25. How wonderful!! I went to see a famous quilting place in Sisters, Oregon. I miss Milly the quilter!

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