Monday, 20 July 2015

Scrappy Zebra

Ahhhh! Time to take a deep breathe and relax. 
I survived the school holidays. 

Don't get me wrong, normally I relish the chance to spend some quality alone time with my girl, but this time our fun was rudely interrupted by sniffles, ear infections, loss of appetite and general unwellness. By the end it was a battle to make sure that everyone was well enough to return to school and preschool today.

That said, we still managed to have fun and fit in some school holiday treats. My favourite part was finishing off the quilting project that my daughter and I started last holidays. She is now incredibly proud of the quilted cushion that we made and it has pride of place in her room!

This weekend I made sure that everyone was comfortable and then sneaked away to my sewing room. An exciting package had arrived in the post on Saturday morning and I was keen to use it.

When I sewed my very first zebra, I made a passing comment that it would look amazing made up in Karen Lewis Textiles beautiful screen printed fabric. It was one of a hundred ideas that I had for fabric usage, but the idea would not disappear. Finally when I saw that Karen selling scrap packs on instagram, I decided to jump in with both feet and buy two. This itch needed to be scratched!

Once the fabric arrived, I knew that I would have to downsize the block. I played about with scale for a bit but decided that I should be able to create a 16 inch block. In addition to the colourful scrap packs, I used about five low volume Karen Lewis fabrics that I had from one of her recent fabric clubs and some solid black (which I have quite a bit of these days!)

It was fun sewing. I didn't have a plan as far as fabric placement, but just went for using the fabrics as efficiently as I could.

I love the finished block and have decided to turn it into a tote bag. I think it's about time that I make myself a new bag. My last homemade bag was made years ago!

My job for the rest of today is to write the pattern for this zebra and get it ready for pattern testers. Wish me luck!

I'm linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday.


  1. I love that I'm not the only one who loves school holidays! And I Love that Karen Lewis Zebra. So so gorgeous! xx

  2. Cute cushion, didn't your daughter do well. Loving the Zebra! Leonie's daughter would love that.

  3. WOW! LOVE the zebra! I just made your larger butterfly for a cushion for my daughter - it definitely tested my very beginner paper piecing skills but it turned out spectacularly! IMHO ;) You might have hooked me on paper piecing!


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