Last year for Christmas (2011) I gave my husband a quilt that was not completely finished. He had asked for a quilt he could use for the cool nights he spends on the boat. Of course, I thought it had to be “boaty,” so I borred an idea from a quilt my friend Eileen had made for her husband some years ago. Thus, “Bob’s Flounder Fantasy” was born. I bordered a turqoise blue fabric and sent it off to the longarm quilter for a water look quilting design. I machine appliqued anchors in the 4 corner blocks. I then chose different spotted batiks and machine appliqued with a zig zag stitch 23 flounders. Using striped fabrics, I added upper, lower and back fins. He received the quilt without the flippers – those had to be hand appliqued, and I never did find enough time to do it out of his sight.
Silly me, little did I know that giving an unfinished quilt would leave me open to a request. “It needs embellishing – the flounder need eyes.” Off to the bead shop we went and chose beads – for all 46 eyes! Today I sewed the last flipper on. DONE! I hope to never again give an unfinished gift.