Just a quick post today as I am writing this while keeping half an eye on my mischievous 4 year old who is almost fully recovered from the nasty virus that he had last week.
I wanted to pop in and let you all know that the 40 inch Mega Zebra Mania pattern is now available for sale. You can find it in my Etsy Store and my Payhip store.
I have made the pattern available with a 25% discount for a limited time.
In case you are wondering, this pattern is similar but not identical to the 20 inch Zebra Mania pattern. I made some adjustments to make it easier to work on the large pieces. I have to admit that I have learnt a bit since I released my first supersized paper piecing pattern and in my opinion, this pattern is definitely easier to sew than the Big Bear pattern.
As always, I had a super talented group of testers checking my pattern for me. There are hundreds of tiny details in this pattern and many many ways that I can muck things up so it really sets my mind at ease to get their feedback and to see the results of their sewing.
Many of you know the talented Leonie who often tests for me. What you many not know is that one of her daughters is zebra mad. The moment that Leonie saw the pattern, she asked if she could test, there was no way that I could refuse! She used Mimosa fabrics in the background, don't they work perfectly? Like me, Leonie has kept this a secret from her daughter. I wish I could be a fly on the wall when this quilt is handed over!
Andrea is a real life friend and is one of a group of lovely ladies who recently welcomed me into their sewing group. She did an amazing job of testing and found even the tiniest of mistakes.
It is really exciting for me to have real life quilty friends to bounce ideas off and to show my latest WIP's. I have no doubt that their collective experience, advice and encouragement is going to help me grow as a quilter and a pattern designer.
Instagram is a great way to meet like minded quilters. I have long admired Kim's beautiful work and so I offered her the opportunity to test the 40 inch zebra for me. I am glad to say that she accepted the challenge and did a great job.
After these three talented ladies had given me their feedback on the pattern, I sent it off for a final once over. I won't lie and say that I played it cool when Sarah Fielke offered to test my pattern. There may have been some dancing and shrieking!
Sarah's zebra is 99% complete (she just needs to sew the last few sections together) so if you want to see her beautiful interpretation of the pattern, hop over to her instagram account. (If you're quick you may even win yourself a copy of the pattern!). I love seeing how different her interpretation of the pattern is. To me that is the magic of releasing a pattern- setting it out into the world and seeing what other people do with it!
Before you ask, the zebra profile pattern (both minimus and maximus) are in the middle of the testing process. I'm not sure how long it will be until it is released, but hopefully it won't be too long. In the meantime, there have been some exciting zebras popping up on instagram. For example, have you seen this rainbow striped zebra?