Fishy

FishWelcome to my world of Found Fabric Fish.  FFF’s are made out of fabric that might otherwise end up in the trash and ultimately in landfill.

One man’s trash is another treasure.  There are organizations around me that practically give away fabric.  The ones I go to charge for scraps by the bag – anywhere from $5 for a grocery bag full of scraps to $20.  The money goes to cover the cost of running their non profits and I happily hand over cash for my bags of treasures.

These organizations harvest fabric from designer showrooms  My main sources are in the San Francisco Bay Area –  SCRAP, and FabMo. Read more about my scrounging adventures at SCRAP on a previous blog post here.

Designer showroom fabric samples generally are small rectangles and attached to cardboard headers.  In the best cases they’re stapled.  Harder to deal with are ones that have sticky stickers attached to them or have hot glued cardboard bits.  In any case, there’s typically enough to rescue bits of fabric to make fun stuff like these fish.

Fish and Dog

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Pacific International Quilt Festival 2014 – Medallions

Marilyn Badger - Exuberance 77"x77" Detail

Marilyn Badger – Exuberance 77″x77″ Detail

Medallion quilts are a way of repeating forms in a more circular vs. linear way (see Repetition for some quilts this year that I liked with blocks).

Last year’s medallion quilts at PIQF were more cosmically oriented. This year while less cosmic, once again extraordinary details.

Marilyn Badger - Exuberance 77"x77"

Marilyn Badger – Exuberance 77″x77″

Marilyn Badger - Exuberance 77"x77" Detail

Marilyn Badger – Exuberance 77″x77″ Detail

Mary Kloth - Blind Faith Rhapsody 78"x78"

Mary Kloth – Blind Faith Rhapsody 78″x78″

Jan Hutchison - Remembrance 85"x76"

Jan Hutchison – Remembrance 85″x76″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Remembrance  536

Jan Hutchison – Remembrance 85″x76″

Robbi J Eklow - It's About Time 68"x68"

Robbi J Eklow – It’s About Time 68″x68″

Robbi J Eklow - It's About Time 68"x68" Detail

Robbi J Eklow – It’s About Time 68″x68″ Detail

Jim Haws - Requiem

Jim Haws – Requiem

Jim Haws - Requiem Detail

Jim Haws – Requiem Detail

Siena Baldi - Calavera 100"x100" Detail

Siena Baldi – Calavera 100″x100″ Detail

 

Siena Baldi - Calavera 100"x100" Detail

Siena Baldi – Calavera 100″x100″ Detail

Aki Sakai - Blue Tone 51"x51"

Aki Sakai – Blue Tone 51″x51″

Aki Sakai - Blue Tone 51"x51"

Aki Sakai – Blue Tone 51″x51″

Aki Sakai - Blue Tone 51"x51"

Aki Sakai – Blue Tone 51″x51″

Aki Sakai - Blue Tone 51"x51"

Aki Sakai – Blue Tone 51″x51″

Aki Sakai - Blue Tone 51"x51"

Aki Sakai – Blue Tone 51″x51″

Aki Sakai - Blue Tone 51"x51"

Aki Sakai – Blue Tone 51″x51″

Mary Kay Davis - Millefiori 57"x57"

Mary Kay Davis – Millefiori 57″x57″

Ann Horton - Poco Loco 43"x43" Detail

Ann Horton – Poco Loco 43″x43″ Detail

 

Ann Horton - Poco Loco 43"x43"

Ann Horton – Poco Loco 43″x43″

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Pacific International Quilt Festival 2014 – Repetition

An essential part of the quilting art form is repeating patterns.  There were some wonderful riffs on repetition and quilt blocks this year.

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  484

Luanne Chittenden – Not all that Modern 51″x42″

Matsuko Shiraishi - Miyabi 105"x88"

Matsuko Shiraishi – Miyabi 105″x88″

Matsuko Shiraishi - Miyabi 105"x88" Detail

Matsuko Shiraishi – Miyabi 105″x88″ Detail

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  485

Arleen R Kukua – Woven Forty Two 82″x82″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  486

Karen Litvinchuk – Silken Glow

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  488

Maren Johnston – Kapa Kai 1

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  487

Maren Johnston – Peru

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  489

Rasa Read – Sanmyaku 49″x19″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  494

Hazel Foot – In the Mughal’s Midnight Garden 84″x57″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  502

Caroline Wilkinson – Who Won in London 2012 46″X48″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  505

Ilana Rapoport – 3 Primary Colors and Shades 38″x48″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  500

Helen Pedersen – Up the Garden Path 59″x74″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  501

Teri L Cherne – Let’s Do the Dresden Twist 75″X75″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  504

Sheena J Norquay – Red Dot Metaphorphosis 39″x39″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  498

Petra Niermann – Rubikon 37″x54″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  497

Dianne Firth – Dry Schlerophyll Forest: Regrowth (top) and Fire (bottom) each 52″x26″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  496

Bernadette Mayr – Sommerwald 94″x79″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  499

Jocelyn Thornton – Grandmother-sister’s Garden 88″x96″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  490

Cathy Miranker – Imaginary Geographies #1 38″x36″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  491

Carol Nilsen – Layered Marks from the Sky

Penny S. Hanscom - Klimt in Jewel Tones 44"x62"

Penny S. Hanscom – Klimt in Jewel Tones 44″x62″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  495

Ellen Wong – Orange Rhyme 29.5″x34.5″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  492

Timna Tarr – Light and Shadows Part 2 (Solar Sisters)

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  493

TImna Tarr – Light and Shadows Part 1 (Solar Sisters)

Marcia Y Decamp - Jet Trails #11 72"x72"

Marcia Y Decamp – Jet Trails #11 72″x72″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  483

Laura L Jones – Colors of the East

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  482

Melissa Sobotka – End of the Spin 57″x43″

Melissa Sobotka - End of the Spin 57"x43"

Melissa Sobotka – End of the Spin 57″x43″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  479

Joyce Paterson – Confetti

Joyce Paterson - Confetti Detail

Joyce Paterson – Confetti Detail

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  477

Mary Mashuta – Sashed Diagonal Curves

Gisha Wogier - Spring is Here 62"x50"

Gisha Wogier – Spring is Here 62″x50″

Khurshid Bamboat - Versi 1 41"x60"

Khurshid Bamboat – Versi 1 41″x60″

Marie K O'Kelley - Gina's Starflowers 99"x92"

Marie K O’Kelley – Gina’s Starflowers 99″x92″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  478

Ginny Lee – Swirls ‘n Whirls

Deborah Lancaster - New York Beauty, Color Theory I: Color Doesn't Matter 64"x56"

Deborah Lancaster – New York Beauty, Color Theory I: Color Doesn’t Matter 64″x56″

Piecedgoods PIQF 2014 Repeat  507

Rai Kozai – Red, Yellow Study

Rai Kozai - Red, Yellow Study

Rai Kozai – Red, Yellow Study

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