Today's post is short and sweet.
Sort of like Trick-or-Treaters ... at least the ones that come before dark.
Remember when a year was a long time? Now it seems like January blinks and next thing you know it's time for Christmas sewing again.
Several weeks ago I accepted the fact that I was not going to be sewing for Christmas this year. I'm amazed at how much pressure that lifted.
Now there's a new kind of pressure: thinking of clever but useful gifts for my kids and siblings.
Enough about that.
A bunch of years ago my brother invited the hub and I to join him on an African Safari.
Those two weeks were among the great experiences of my life.
I confess I freaked out a little when the lions came right up to our topless van, but it turned out they were just looking for a bit of shade.
One thing I loved was seeing the elephant foot prints in the dust. Elephants leave really nifty tracks, like a full moon with toes.
You know Cheetahs can run really fast, but did you know they purr? They also get first dibs on the shady spots for lunch, and not just because they got there first.
Poinsettia trees grow to be 50 feet high in the right climate. I thought they only grew in pots, and at Christmastime.
Let's sew a Safari!
Next year I want to do a Safari sew-along using Elizabeth Hartman's pattern Spectacular Savanna.
Here's how it will work:
I will share my experience and what I learn as I sew.
Because it's not my pattern, I'll never give you cutting dimensions or details available in the pattern booklet. I've probably broken the rules just showing the photo.
That means you'll need your own copy of the book.
I got mine at Connecting Threads but you can also get it from Amazon. Shop around, you can get it for around $20.
Fat Quarter Shop sells a kit complete with pattern at a reasonable price. You can also look on Etsy or Amazon.
If you care to join me in this big game Safari-along, but prefer to hunt down your own fabrics, you may want to ask Santa for the pattern and fabrics. A better plan might be to get your pattern now so you know what fabrics to ask Santa to bring you.
The quilt is all patchwork, no paper piecing, so have no fear that way.
However, the pattern is listed as "difficult/advanced". So take that into consideration if you are a newish quilter. I'm sure that rating is based on the abundance of small pieces to cut and resew.
On the other hand, there is nothing like a challenge to grow your skills.
The first installment will be posted January 1, 2020. We'll generally do one critter each month, posted on the first Wednesday.
I hope to have the top finished and ready to quilt by this time next year. So 10, or possibly 11, installments.
If you want to Safari along, get your Spectacular Savanna pattern booklet and start collecting the fabrics. There are a lot of them. Eleven fat quarters and 19 fat eighths to be exact.
Most of us can find what we need in our stash. (Although I may break down and get the kit.)
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See you next time!
PS. Wanna see where I hang out when I'm not at Seamless Piecing?
The Quilt Pattern Magazine is an online, monthly magazine where I publish some of my designs.
AND... it's not just a magazine. It's also a delightful, private, online community called Pattern Pastiche. Some of the best and nicest quilters around hang out there along with others, like me, who just want to rub shoulders with them.
It's a safe place to ask questions and get mentoring from those who know and care.
AND... If you go there from here you can use a special discount code just for Seamless Piecing readers. Here's the link. The code is: SP
What's up at TQPM?
The You Choose adventure continues at Pattern Pastiche. It's a FREE event. You just have to stop by during Live Chat times to get your clues.Come find out what your clue is. It probably won't be the same as mine.
I made this strippy quilt top for QuiltsforKidsslc.org to fill my clue #2.
Three new groups have started at TQPM.
Introductions and parts 1 of the patterns are published in the October 2019 issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine.
Kaliedescope Flake is an English Paper Piecing design by Cindy McCoy. If you've never done EPP it's time you learn. It's a perfect take-along project. Cindy is a fabulous EPP designer and will gladly help you learn this skill.
Runs October 2019 through April 2020.
Floral Spin is a mystery quilt designed by Bonny Peters of CatDenMountainQuilts.com. Bonny's designs are always fresh and fun. She has an amazing eye for color and she's a great teacher. If you are looking for a mystery you know is going to end up looking awesome, this may be the one for you.
Runs October 2019 through February 2020.
Nancy Noah designed the Harlequin quilt as part of an Ostrich Round Robin group at TQPM last year. It turned out really great and is now offered in the magazine as a Block of the Month. The monthly installments aren't actually blocks, they are each unique borders on this beautiful Queen size quilt.
Runs October 2019 through March 2020.
The October issue is still available with your subscription through November 30.