Fishermans Companion

Fishermans Companion Wallhanging
Fishermans Companion Wallhanging Picture
  • Sewing Machine with an open-toe applique foot. 1/4" foot and 14/90 needle.
  • Sulky Tear Easy Stabilizer
  • Sulkly KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Sulky Bobbin thread
  • Template Plastic
  • General Sewing Supplies
  • Flannel Fabrics:
    • 1 yd. beige
      cut into three 8" squares for block backgrounds and one 8" x 30" rectangular background
  • Sashings & Borders
    • 3/4 yd. leaf print
      cut Borders 3" wide Sashings 2-1/2" wide
  • Frames & Binding
    • 1 yd. wooden look fabric
      cut wooden frames 1-1/2" wide
  • Backing
    • 30" x 40"
  1. Trace designs from Pattern onto template plastic. Cut out and label each one.
  2. Cut background squares, main rectangle and framing strips. Lay out.
  3. Trace around the template applique pieces onto the appropriate wool or flannel colors and cut them out. spray the backs of all the cattail applique pieces with Sulky KK 2000 and place them as the finished wallhanging indicates.
  4. Use Sulky 12 wt. Cotton to applique using a machine blanket stitch set at the longest stitch length.
  5. Piece the sections together using a 1/4" seam allowance.
  6. Add the leaf print sashing and border strips.
  7. Use the blanket stitch to apply the rest of the appliques as shown on the finished quilts.
  8. Layer the quilt, i.e., back, batting and top.
  9. Spray baste the layers together using Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive.
  10. Quilt using Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Thread in your favorite method.
  11. Add the fishing line. Carol used a 12 wt. cotton and a crochet chain stitch to create the line. A line could also be created by twisting several strands of Sulky 12 wt. Cotton together and couching them down.
  12. Make the fly.
    • Around a piece of cardboard about 2" wide (business card size), wind 3 or 4 colors of Sulky 12 wt. Cotton 13-15 times. Thread a hand needle with one of the colors and slide it under and around one edge of the wound Cotton. Tie in a knot. Cut the other edge. Holding the tied end of the Cotton thread, tightly wrap andother one of the 12 wt. colors around it for about 1/4". Thread a hand needle with the end of the wrapping thread and pull it under the 1/4" of wrapped thread to secure the tail. Trim to desired length. You can also wrap a small feather in with the Cotton Thread or add it with glue.
  13. Add the hand-made fly to the end of the lure. This one was made with Sulky 12 wt. Cotton by Kenny Genawese.
  14. Add binding.
For the patterns we are providing them as downloads from the browser below. You may click each image and then print the pattern that appears or you may save the images to your local hard drive. The patterns are scaled to fit on an 8-1/2" X 11" piece of paper, though they might have to be rotated. If you wish to use a larger size, you can scale them up appropriately in your print dialog or print them out as provided and enlarge them by some other means (copy machine, projector, local blueprint shop etc). 

If you wish to save to your hard drive proceed as follows: 

PC users - right click on each image and select "save this image as..." in the pop up menu. 

Mac users - control click to bring up the popoup menu and then select "save this image as...".