Katalin Horvath

Quilter, Textile artist

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The "Coral Reef Fishes" is a beautiful project to learn the basics of a unique applique technique, the Draw-Sew-Trim™. You can create an amazing underwater scene and learn how to sew different kinds of beautiful fishes.

Size: Finished size about 60 cm x 40 cm (24" x 16"). ( You can change the size as you prefer.)

The "Coral Reef Fishes" design (One .pdf file with 6 fishes on 3 pages!) and requirements (.pdf) will be available here to download for free on the week of the event.

Coral Reef Fishes with the DST technique - Sew along on Facebook

File - 1. (3 pages)


All you need to do is to open and download the image(s) and enlarge it to whatever size you would like to make it.
For the above size quilt, the enlargement is 100%.

Click to the .pdf icon to Open/Download.

For instructions on the enlargement and printing please watch and follow this video:

When you have your design printed, you will have 3 separate sheets of paper. You will need to transfer the fishes to 3-6 separate pieces of white fabric. These fabrics should be slightly larger than the designs. (I refer to that as interfacing but it is a piece of cotton fabric).  If you intend to embroider a lot on them it is highly recommended to use a piece of stabilizer too.

This video is about our earlier project, the Snowdrop Pillow but the preparations are almost the same with this project. The only difference is that you do not need to assemble the sheets together and you need to transfer the design to separate pieces of fabric. The fabric selection is different, please find them in the "Requirements".pdf.

Please follow the instructions of this video:

File - 2.

Click to the .pdf icon to Open/Download.


All the materials and accessories you will need are included in this .pdf file.

At the time given above, I will go live in the Appliqué with Draw-Sew-Trim Facebook Group. If you are not a member yet, please join, because that is how you can see the live video, give feedback and ask questions by commenting.


For a smooth start please have your fabrics and accessories prepared along with your design drawn onto a piece of white fabric. If you have never done any Draw-Sew-Trim projects before please do not get discouraged as I will explain and teach everything step by step from the very beginning. You can also ask questions and we will do our best to answer every one of them.


I do hope we will have a nice creative day to keep ourselves positive and if it works out well, we will certainly do some more.

Thank you for your support,

Happy quilting,