My Spring Break 2015 officially began on Friday afternoon, the same day that Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts posted her tutorial for her Zany ZebraZ Quilt Block Tutorial http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com/2015/03/zany-zebraz-quilt-block-tutorial.html I have been really wanting to make one since I had such a great time making her Elephant Parade.
This is the first zebra I made and is going to be my label. I contemplated using a light grey background as Lorna did, but I found this turquoise at a discount fabric store and thought it would really make the white with black fabrics really pop. The same store has a big zebra print fabric that I am going to buy tomorrow for the backing and binding. I am going to embroider the eyes and nostrils on the zebras with perle cotton and French knots.
Doesn't Lorna's look adorable! Mine does not have the little birdie, but I still love it! I am thinking of quilting mine with wavy zebra like stripes horizontally, but just may have to play around and see if I can discover any interesting stitches on my Pfaff.
Here is my March BOM from Buttermilk Basin http://www.buttermilkbasin.com. I still need to add the bee and the flower along with some more detailed embroidery and I plan on working on it this evening for Slow Sunday Stitching. Be inspired by other handwork here http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com
One of my school's secretaries and friend was just diagnosed with a recurring brain tumor--she had the same thing 10 years ago. She will be off work for the rest of the school year and a bunch of the summer for treatment and recovery. Meals are being organized, but I am a quilter which means I would like to make her a quilt. I considered just quilting up one of my Medallion Logic Cabin tops, but I decided I want to make her something a little more special---Lori Holt's Tulip Patch Quilt. If this isn't cheerful, I don't know what is!
After my Zany ZebraZ Baby Quilt was sewn together this morning, I started digging in my stash for cheery fabrics for the patches and tulips. I pretty much had everything I need on hand including a backing. I did run down to Joann's looking for a Kona green for the leaves and stems, but they did not have anything--I bought a new cutting board though. Of course since it Sunday, nothing else is open. However, I ran over to my Mom's house and found a perfect green in her stash. Thanks Mom! Since I was in town anyway, I stopped by the grocery store and grabbed steaks, corn, and a Caesar salad bag which means hubby can grill dinner while I sew! Many people left town for our Spring Break, but the weather here is gorgeous--sunny, in the high 70's, so I think a Stay-cation with a funny book and sewing projects is the perfect way for me to relax! Hopefully, I will get some projects done quickly.