With that said, it doesn't mean I haven't been working on My Small World, this fabulous pattern by Jen Kingwell. I'm hoping that my procrastination has worked to my advantage, although as I'm about midway through the project, I'm not quite sure. It could be epic. It could be an epic fail. One thing for sure: it is busy. There is a LOT going on in this quilt.
My thought process took a bit of a journey as I contemplated different ideas. I had seen a night sky which was amazing. But I didn't want the whole quilt to have a night sky.
Disneyland is a very special place to our family--fairly frequent visits and lots of good memories. And with the title, My Small World, my mind wandered to the ride, It's a Small World, where the song never gets out of your brain once it lodges itself there, and then to the thought of making a Disneyland version, and then further to A Day at Disney, from sunrise to nighttime. There may be just too much going on in this quilt for some of you, but it will become an I Spy quilt for my grandchildren so I'm having fun adding lots of special surprises.
January 2014I began with completing the whole sky as I wanted to know if sun up to sun down would even work, and it needed to transition smoothly from section to section without any abrupt changes. After spending several days cutting lots of tiny pieces and sewing them together, I realized I had left out one whole section. Lots of seam ripping and more cutting ensued. A good hint for the sky in Part 5 is to cut larger pieces that will be hidden by the dresden portion and the hexies. No need to be sewing 1" pieces together for something that will be covered up!
Top picture has a section of blue sky missing, corrected in bottom picture
January 2013The bottom portion of the castle is grey, then there are pink turrets with pointy roofs of blue. I altered the pattern and paper pieced the blue triangles.
I moved on to It's a Small World.
January 2014Most of the outside portion of the ride is white with gold highlights, so it was fun to use some glitzy fabric. Every 15 minutes, the clock tower opens to a parade of figures. These little British soldiers were the perfect size, as was the little clock.
Here is the rest of Part 2. (These skinny panels are really hard to photograph).
Berene Campbell. Perfect, right? And the music fabric is a reminder about that pesky song that won't go away.
Sarah Bailey from Sew What Sherlock has put together. They have been invaluable timesavers. They are free if you send her a picture proving that you have the pattern. Also, Kerry has an extensive list of tips and shortcuts for each section, along with a lot of links to further tips and shortcuts.
Thanks for joining me on this half-completed tour of Disney. Next up is Fantasyland/Tomorrowland, and then I'll start on Main Street.
Want to know what Mark's favorite ride is? Here's a hint.
January 2014And while Disneyland is touted as the Happiest Place on Earth, at some point nearly everyone is ready to go home and take a nap.
January 2013And for the first time in months I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday, and I think for the first time ever, Sew Fresh Quilts.