My latest two petite pachyderms are finished! My lovely husband helped compress the stuffing on Saturday (while getting caught up on Agents of SHIELD, which inspired him to dub one of the characters “The Punching Solution”) and I did the hand sewing earlier this week. They’re plump and squeezable and I hope the children they’re going to like them.
If you choose to sew this pattern, you should be comfortable sewing curves. The pattern pieces fit together really nicely with a lot of pinning, but you’re still sewing fairly tight curves in some places. There are a few fiddly bits including sewing the belly + feet piece to the animal side piece and then attaching the bottom of the feet to the legs.
The pattern is well written with plenty of diagrams to show how to pin and sew things and goes together fairly quickly – I cut in one night, sewed over two, and stuffing/hand sewing took another couple hours.
Fabric is Tula Pink Prince Charming for the Rhino and Birds and Bees for the Elephant. They may have even elicited a squee from Manly Bearded Husband.
I feel like I’m in a lull with sewing projects, but I still have a list of WIPs. In order from most to least pressing:
- Change the batting in he Christmas stockings from fluffy Joann’s Cheapo to denser Warm and Natural and finish those up.
- October Sugar Block for Quilt of Neptune
- Cut more 2.5″ squares for Fortunate Granny and sew up the rest of the blocks
- Figure out a back for my Fraternal Stripes top and quilt and bind
- Set remaining Llama blocks on point and figure out a back, quilt, and bind
Once all that is done, I have a lot of ideas for future quilts:
- Equilateral triangle quilt in Lizzy House Constellations
- Scrappy Trellis Crossroads from Modern Bee
- Ring Toss by SewCraftyJess
- Diamond Tread by Freshly Pieced
I should plug away at my WIP list but really, I have startitis and may just jump in and begin one of the above! How do you ever decide what to work on next?