My daughter teaches at a school where the children are really excited to be in the band. I've been making little animals for prizes that she gives away as rewards for excellence. She thought it would be nice if I made some animals with instruments. This is the only one I really found to make. So I bought the pattern and here it is.
Making this sousaphone is giving me ideas for how to do a trumpet and maybe some other instruments. I just have to get the sizing right for the animals.
Here is my ravelry link which will lead you to where you can get the pattern.
Here is a picture from our school's marching band when they played at my son's wedding reception.
Last month I started a new quilt. You can see it's beginnings here. I put it away for a while because I had other things to do and I knew this baby wasn't in his new room yet. Now it is time to get it out and work on it. I added grass to the sky.
And then I made a few balloons. They are just sitting on the sky to give you an idea (and me) of how it could look.
Over the summer I did travel to some quilt shops and picked up the Row by Row Experience patterns that were being given away. I haven't sewn any of them until now. So this is the first.
This pattern comes from the Beach Tyme Quilt Shop in Ocean Shores, Wa. The theme was water and this town is on the ocean, therefore beaches.
And lots of kite flying.
I used some of the fabric that they had in their packet and also supplemented with mine from my stash. This project is all fusible applique.
There is an empty beach chair. That person is probably huddled up in her jacket at a fire nearby. That is my experience of the beaches of Washington. I've never been there when it was warm enough to lay out in the sun.
But there is a nice jetty at Point Brown to take a walk on and watch whales. It's also a great place for the kids to play hide and seek among the dunes. We have had lots of fun times there.
Summer has flown and fall is definitely here. The rain is come and the leaves are falling. Another nice thing is looking at all the spider webs that come around this time of year. The spiders really know how to do intricate construction.
This shawl is also intricate construction and very beautiful.
I am using up yarns that I've had laying around for a long time. This is a Pisgah Honeysuckle that isn't made anymore. So I needed to use it. The pattern calls for a thicker yarn. In using this sport weight yarn, I figured I would have to add rows to the pattern. I did repeats of the 2 center sections another time each and added a lot more increases that way.
This project never got boring and I had just enough yarn with a little left over. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do the picot border, but I did end up having enough. Those last rows are long and you don't want to have to change things because you run out too soon.