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Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Weekend at Home

As much as I enjoy travelling far and wide towing our caravan behind us, it does cut into my sewing time.  So it’s nice to have a weekend at home, like this weekend.  This means I had extra time to continue with my UFO of the week, number 1, my Animal ABC quilt.  You may remember that most of the top is assembled, but I had a problem with the letter Z.  So I got busy with my unpicker, and carefully removed the machine button hole stitches holding things in place.

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I had seen an idea that I wanted to try, so started sewing beige, cream and pale yellow strips together.  Mindless sewing really, for this part of the block.

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These strips formed the base of the African savannah, and then I added blue sky and hills away in the distance.  Next I stitched my letter Z back in place.  Then it looked like this.

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Letter Z has progressed to this

Add a herd of zebra plus a young cheetah spying on them behind a bush, and this is the result.

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African savannah

This last row was attached to the rest of the blocks, and then the borders attached.  And the top is now done – I’m rather pleased with it too.

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Finished Animal ABC top

I have to admit that the Z panel was not my original idea – I had seen a picture of something similar in an older magazine and thought it looked great.  The original design had a strip pieced sunset sky, but I decided to go with the blue and white cloudy fabric I had tucked away.  The backing will be pieced from some of my left over animal prints, I’ve decided, then I’ll have to consider how I’m going to quilt it.

9 comments:

Susan said...

Love your Z!!!!!!!!! It looks lovely and absolutely perfect for your quilt

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Z for zippity do dah ! Great solution, love it!

MrsC (Maryanne) said...

This is so amazing!

Nancy J said...

Stunning idea for the last row.I like it all so much.

Anonymous said...

I was totally baffled by how you might add a single letter to the quilt..this solution never crossed my mind.
Brilliant execution also.
Joanne in Massachusetts

Tired Teacher said...

Excellent solution! I love that "Z" panel.

Jenny said...

Thank you all for your kind comments - much appreciated.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Clever idea with the Z block. It looks great with rest of your quilt.

-Soma

Janice said...

Wow! It really has turned out well. I think your rehashed "Z" block finishes if off beautifully. A great idea.