Creating Tropical fish Applique

I finally started work on my tropical fish applique templates for a new quilting class that I’ll be teaching in the fall. It’s going to be the advanced version of the melted crayon applique class that I teach now out of the book Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box. They are all traced in pencil and now I’m adding in the black details using a sharpie marker.


My Artograph Light Tracing box came in very handy for all the tracing! I may need to get some micron Pigma pens in different colors to do some of the details on the sea creatures. The seahorse in particular is going to need lots of detail I think.


I’ll be spending some time this weekend testing out colors to see how close I can get to real tropical fish. I’m also going to experiment with coloring my own background fabric!  I’m using a mixture of decal photos I found online to give me a base for my template and an idea for what the colors should look like.   Some fish don’t lend themselves very well to this technique but others seem like they’d be perfect for it. I may try a few different ones before settling on which I’ll be using for the class.  I’m very excited to see how well they color!



  1. Looking forward to seeing how your fish turn out. New template is looking great by the way (:

  2. Amy Laura says:

    This looks like so much fun. I really hope they work out well for you 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to see it it’s gonna be awesome! I love the color of tropical fish! 🙂