Trout Spots

I learned something new a few days ago.  Did you know that each and every trout has a specific spot pattern that is not duplicated by any other trout?  The variation and beauty of different species of trout is amazing.  And to think that each fish within each species can be identified based on its lovely spots…

I decided to make another piece for the CT group’s challenge under the theme Common Object, Uncommon View.  This time it is a close up of trout spots, brook trout to be specific.  When you look closely, the spots are colorful and beautiful.  My quilt is an imaginary brook trout, but I found a book of beautiful watercolor paintings of actual, real fish, painstakingly rendered in fine detail that I used as a reference.

This piece is made using hand-dyed and commercial print cottons, tulle, acrylic paint; pieced and fused.  It measures 18″x 24″.

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3 Responses to “Trout Spots”


  1. 1 sue September 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Love the originality of this piece. I’m hoping to get up there to see the show but we have a bit of busy-ness coming up in the next few weeks.

  2. 2 sue September 20, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Just wondering…….those clamshells are a perfect compliment but must have taken forever to stitch.

    • 3 Lynne September 20, 2010 at 7:17 am

      They were tedious but it needed fish scales. They were especially tedious because I started each row from the bottom and had to pay attention to the tulle which was loose. It’s really only held in place by the quilting, the side facings and the spots fused on top of it (could have been problematic but worked out ok). I had envisioned smaller scales because of the nature of trout skin… It just worked out that I made them bigger.


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