Well, you were right. They didn't quilt, but the ladies at quilt group here worked on them. They all seemed to be having a good time mixing fabric scraps to make fins, or fish lips, or gills! Some of the choices were inspired.
Grace, who was leading them, worked from Sue Carlson's book Free-Style Quilts.
They heaped a pile of scraps on the main table and people had at it. They tried molding the the scraps to the fish parts they were working on. So fins were picked from curved designs, like ferns. Eyes needed a circular design. They fish were gorgeous, and each one so different! I plan on working on this at home. I bought the book from Amazon, so I have a reference.
These are by everyone else, works in progress:
What a fun time!