A Quilted Ocean of Fin-fully Easy Fish

Lazies, Look at this fabulous and fun fishy quilt by designer Carolyn Griffin of Far-Flung Quilts. The elegant and dramatic fins are made from Lazy Angle blocks using my Lazy Angle ruler.

‘Up A Lazy River’ by designer Carolyn Griffin
of Far-Flung Quilts (Item# FFQ013).

Here’s Carolyn
I have made literally dozens of quilts and quilted projects but was always a little intimidated by the angle that goes from one corner to the center of the opposite seam.

I’d used foundation paper to piece these popular angles before but I’m really Lazy and I don’t like tearing away the papers.

Finally, I had found a tool to let me cut pieces to perfectly piece that seam any which way I wanted.

Four simple blocks make this elegant and lively fish.
Wave-like quilting adds a wonderful touch.

The right tool for the right job
I fell in love with the Lazy Angle Ruler the first time I saw Joan demo it. My reaction was to say, “Stop! I MUST go sew!” In the years since my introduction to the Lazy Angle I have written a handful of patterns that play with this angle. More about the tool below.

Gettin’ fishy
My latest is a very simple four-patch block. I saw a fish quilt and immediately thought, “Wouldn’t that be better with more point-y fins?” and “Wouldn’t a peeled back half square triangle make a fun tail?” From those two questions this beautiful quilt was born.

The simple folded edge of a square becomes a fish tail.

About the fabrics
Simply gather colorful fat quarters for the fish and add beautiful blues for a water-y background. Use one blue or find four to six shades to make your river graduate from light to dark. Finished quilt sizes: Lap, Full/queen, King.

The fabric I used for the fish is Fingerpaint by Camelot Fabrics. The background on the cover sample is made from six luscious batiks that I pulled from my enviable collection. Rebecca Smith at Black Hills Quilting added the water-like quilting.
– Lazy Girl Carolyn Griffin

Lazy Angle Ruler from Lazy Girl Designs (item# R3754)
and Lazy Angle block with seam from corner to middle of side.

Final notes
I had the pleasure of seeing my good friend’s beautiful quilt at an event last week. It’s a wonder the quilt didn’t sneak into my suitcase and come home with me! Some of you might know Carolyn from all of our travels and trade shows together.

You can see all of Carolyn’s designs at her Far-Flung Quilts website here.

Order the pattern
Order ‘Up a Lazy River’ pattern by Far-Flung Quilts #FFQ013. Pattern includes the templates needed to make Lazy Angle blocks for this project (Lazy Angle ruler is optional):

Lazy Angle Ruler how-to:

Watch a video demo of the Lazy Angle ruler:


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14 Responses to “A Quilted Ocean of Fin-fully Easy Fish”

  1. Penny — September 2, 2008 @ 9:34 am

    Holy cow I had not seen that video before. It was great instruction on the ruler. That is the cutest quilt with the fishes (love the name!) Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    Penny in Chesapeake

  2. Regina — September 2, 2008 @ 10:09 am

    What a great quilt – so simple and yet so striking. Those little fishies can open up a world of possibilities.

  3. Carol Hallman — September 2, 2008 @ 10:54 am

    NICE!!! So colorful..my grandsons would adore this!! One for each. Thanks for the lazy information….

  4. Gail — September 2, 2008 @ 11:07 am

    Oh my! I love this. I am running out today and getting a Lazy Angle Ruler, some material and get to work!

  5. Jeannie — September 2, 2008 @ 11:11 am

    That is a great quilt!! I love the colors and the tail on the fish!

  6. Sheila Perl — September 2, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

    Love the quilt! Loved the video! I can’t believe I HAVE that ruler and never used it to it’s full potential!! I will now!!
    Great video.

  7. Quiddity Rox — September 2, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

    I enjoy your blogs, your videos, and patterns. This fin-fully fishy quilt excited me enough to write and say so!! I am just another lazy girl who will try your lazy angle tool real soon.

  8. ozjane — September 5, 2008 @ 1:01 am

    I found out a couple of days ago that I had one of these…….which proves I had good taste in purchasing even before I found and purchased the lazy girl patterns……..lol.
    Now to work out how to use it..
    I must see if I can find the video.

  9. Alene Moulton — September 12, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    You have the most interesting ideas. I love those fish!!! I don’t have the lazy angle ruler.
    Guess I’d better get one.
    Alene Moulton

  10. Stacy — March 9, 2015 @ 10:42 pm

    I would love to purchase this pattern, but the link provided doesn’t seem to carry it anymore. Anywhere else I can purchase it?

  11. Yolanda Tarazon — January 12, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

    I would like to purchase this pattern but am unable to find it please help…

  12. Janet — June 20, 2017 @ 11:50 pm

    I purchased this pattern but was very disappointed to find out that directions are not given for the multi colored border. That is why I purchased the pattern. I contacted the author and she said the pattern is over 10 years old and she is not going to update it. Disappointing.


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