Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WIP: Hakuna Matata

Mostly for the last week my sewing machine has been sitting idle, and feeling quite lonely.  My motivation to sewing anything (my sewjo, as I've heard it called) is almost zero.  Ugh, I am in a sewing funk!  And why?  Because of these two trouble makers:

"Hakuna Matata" was stuck in my head almost continuously while making these guys.

The patterns are both from Fandom in Stitches and are made for a Disney-LOVING pay-it-forward gift.  The selection of Disney blocks on the site is so big I actually asked the pay-it-forward person what their favorite movie and/or characters were.  One of her many answers was The Lion King, and who doesn't love Timon and Pumbaa?!



But man, these paper pieced patterns were real hair-pullers.  I made Timon first, and thought I'd chosen the harder of the two to make first (though in retrospect he was quite straight forward).  Then I made Pumbaa--and it turned out I had many more issues with his pattern.  I accidentally sewed the wrong colored fabrics in several times, forgot an important piece in one of the eyes (had to start over completely for two of those mistakes, ugh), there are a few minor mistakes in the pattern, and then getting all the pieces to go together properly and everything line up nicely was impossible.  But he's done now, and the longer I leave him up on the design wall, the more he grows on me.

He's kind of charming now, though I do wish I'd chosen a slightly lighter brown.


I had been trying to finish ALL my pay it forwards (only 4 left!) this month, but as I keep choosing to make detailed, time consuming projects...the last 4 will have to be given out in May.  At least the end is in sight!  Note to self: stop signing for pay it forwards.


12 comments:

  1. Frustrations aside, they look great!

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  2. Wow! My daughter would love these. She's fourteen now, but The Lion King movies were her favourites and I am sure she would still sit down to watch them now. But not without her iphone in hand! Ha, ha! I am not a paper piecer. I admire your perseverance. Your Timon and Pumbaa blocks look great, Renee!

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  3. They look great! All your hard work paid off. Totally agree, I've definitely stopped doing pay-it-forwards. Now I just make gifts for people when I want to!

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  4. They look great, you do go above and beyond for the beautiful PIF gifts you make. Those of us who have been lucky recipients will treasure them

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  5. Wow. I haven't gathered up the courage to try paper piecing yet, but you my friend, have mastered it! They're basically perfect!

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  6. My goodness, Renee, you go all out! I haven't done much paper piecing, yet, and these look super intimidating to me. They look so wonderful, and the gradation / shading for Pumbaa's nose is great! :)

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  7. Dang girl!! These turned out awesome!! I get hives just looking at all those pieces, no thanks!! (says the girl who's about to embark on the epic pp x+ quilt!!) Your work is fantastic as always, and your fabric choices are perfect! I love how they pop off the green leafy background :)

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  8. They are absolutely fantastic! You are the best pay-it-forwarder I hope you have been getting some love it return?!

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  9. those are an amazing pay-it-forward, and they look tough, but they came out wonderfully!

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  10. I cannot see any mistakes! All I see is fabulous.

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  11. I've been in the same boat. Finishing a bunch of secret stuff and having to wait to post it seems to suck my remaining sewjo out of me. I hadn't sewn for several days. Sigh. I think these two look great! I must give some these fandom patterns a try very soon. I've pinned lots of them! I also loved seeing how they were quilting up today on IG. Hope you got them close enough to finished so you could show them off at your meeting. They guys are so fun!

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