Wednesday, 19 September 2012

WIP Wednesday- Another Kiwi

Sometimes I wish I had more of a plan when I start sewing...Although it is fun to just start and see where you end up, I often end up getting stuck for ages or sewing myself into a hole.

Take the friendship bracelet project that I am working on for example... I designed the top with no real consideration for what it would become. I was convinced that inspiration would strike and I would suddenly know what it would become...

Well... that was last weekend. Since then I have auditioned a few ideas, but nothing seemed to fit as perfectly as I had assumed that it would! It has progressed a tiny bit, but not as much as I'd like! I'd better get a move on if I want to get it finished on time.

One thing that is taking shape nicely is the kiwi pattern. When my friend Cat saw my first attempt she loved it and started hinting. I offered to make a special commission kiwi for her. This kiwi is a 12 inch (the original was 10 inch). I don't tend to use floral prints for this kind of block, but I knew that Cat would approve of the fabric so I went with it. What do you think?

Love his spotty stockings!

The kiwi pattern itself is coming along nicely. Thank you so much to everyone who left kind comments about it. I am working on getting it ready to distribute here on my blog. I was very flattered by all the advice saying I should sell the pattern but this one will be a freebie. Having learnt about all that I know about sewing from generous bloggers who share their skills and patterns, it doesn't feel right to make people pay for my very first pattern.
I'm linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced. Hop on over and see what everybody else has been up to this week.

23 comments :

  1. I can definately see the friendship bracelet thing in that block.. you're on the right track ")

    As for the kiwi block... too Cute!!! I would have reacted the same way as Cat... maybe I should give that a go at the weekend and make a cushion?

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  2. Ok that kiwi is just waaaaaay too cute. I especially love his spiky little feet.

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  3. Such a cute Kiwi.. great job om designing the paper pieced block

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  4. Wow - fabulous Kiwi, and am in awe that you could work out that pattern!

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  5. The friendship design is beautiful! Can't wait to see what it ends up being!

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  6. How kind of you to share your pattern, it is very cute.

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  7. Just popping over from the Freshly Pieced link up.
    I love that cute paper piecing.
    Wow its gorgeous.

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  8. Great block and I love your friendship bracelet project! so pretty all round! I wonder what it will become? Hugs x

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  9. That is a fantastic pattern...... Especially as it is your first. I'm watching this space now for what you design next.

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  10. Love the Kiwi. Can't wait for the pattern.

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  11. I'm not usually a floral fabric person, but I love the pink roses in the kiwi. It somehow seems so unexpected but sweet! I think if I saw that fabric in a heart or something it would be too much but in your kiwi it's fabulous. Great Pattern!

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  12. I love the way the top is looking! What a great runner that would make!I am stopping by from the WIP hop. I would love to have you stop by and see my WIP as well :) http://domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2012/09/wednesday-wips.html

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  13. Oh WOW! Your Kiwi design is visually sooooo helpful! I am also working on paper piecing...thank you so much for sharing that!

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  14. Eek, that is so cute!!! I love the floral! Much better than "real" kiwis ;)

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  15. What a cute little Kiwi!!! And your friendship bracelet is beautiful! Great projects!

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  16. I love this! I am trying to find block patterns for a quilt from fabric I got in NZ when I visited and this looks perfect! Is there any way you could include the measurements that you used for the different sections?

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    1. At the moment I'm working on getting the pattern ready to distribute on my blog. I hope to have both a 10 inch and a 12 inch version available. Email me at tartankiwi.blog(at)gmail.com if you want more details in the short term.

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  17. Fantastic kiwi block. You should do a whole series - what could be next? A nice fat kakapo maybe.

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  18. The friendship bracelet blocks look really nice! I can't tell from the photo, but what about making them into a table runner? Also, your kiwi block is awesome!!! Great job!

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