Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A whale of a challenge

So my bloggy friend Sandra and I were checking out some of the same web sites and links and were both admiring this selvage whale here. Being the cool crafty bloggers we are ~ she challenged me to a Whale Off (blogged by her here). We each had till the end of this month to complete our whales.

I not only met the challenge, I kicked it's butt. I chose to piece and quilt my whale. I used a fat quarter pack that I've had for quite some time. It was just waiting for the perfect project and this was definitely it.

Well it actually was a bit challenging for me because it's just pattern pieces with no directions. I wasn't thinking and cut out two left sides and no right sides the first time I did it. I blame the amazing amount of ibuprofen I've been taking after hurting my knee (which is a whole nother story).

Here she is lounging by the pool.  Julianne and I have named her Keiko and I'm keeping a close eye on her. These things usually end up disappearing and making their way to Julianne's room.

It was a really fun project to do and I'm thinking they would make great presents for the little girls and boys in the family for next Christmas. I'd want to embroider their eyes though to eliminate the buttons ~ now lets see if I actually get it done. Considering I just sent out some of last year's presents I wouldn't hold my breath.

As for Sandra's whale, she chose a different whale pattern that didn't quite work out.. but I hereby grant her an extension to look for a new whale pattern cause I can't wait to see what my super talented friend comes up with!

Oh and if you are looking for some crafty inspiration head over here to  Adventure's in Alice Land.  She is having a great crafty give away!


Danielle said...

Abbi totally could use one of those!! Its the best ever!!! LOVE IT!

Sandra :) said...

Keiko is delicious - you did a wonderful job on her, considering the left/right challenge you faced, lol! I should have tried that pattern instead of the one I picked - didn't quite work out indeed - it kicked MY butt, LOL!!! But thanks for the extension to pick a new design - that should help a lot!!

How big did you cut out those squares? She really is such a pretty little girl - was it hard, and were there any inset seams? I think Keiko would be perfect for Julz :D

Miss Healthypants said...

That's a cool-looking whale! :)

I love the picture of it by the pool. :)

Shelley Clements said...

I haven't been to your blog in FOREVER (like you hadn't noticed) but I'm guilty of reading so many others...do you feel neglected? It looks great, you've done so much with it since the beginning. The Whale-Off and your 'Those tiny glasses are just a waste of my time' picture just crack me up.

Tatkis said...

Your whale is co cute :) thank you for sharing!

Best wishes,

Akiko said...

You did great!! She is super cute!

Sharon said...

Keiko is one lucky whale!! Such a cutie!! :)

Liz said...

Keiki is gorgeous, especially lounging poolside. :)



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Kristy James said...

How cute! I like it better than the version with the salvages. Great job! I especially like the picture with it next to the pool. That would be a great place to be right now.

Barb said...

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. I really love hearing from all of you!

inday_adin said...

I think it is absolutely cute! You did a great job. I should make one for my little guy. :)

jillytacy said...

This is sooo cute! Great job! The picture by the pool is priceless. Every whale needs water!