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Let’s Bee Social #61

Posted on: February 25th, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

In keeping with the wild animal theme of the Elephant Parade quilt along, I am now working on this fun ZebraZ quilt this week.  After hours of quilt math, and the making of prototype blocks, the pattern is finally finished.  Now the fun part begins!  On Monday I did all the cutting.  Tuesday I started the piecing, following the pattern to ensure it is written accurately.

ZebraZ quilt 58″ x 72″ by Sew Fresh Quilts

This unique wildlife quilt is a sponsored project, as Northcott Fabrics has been kind enough to supply the rich solids from their Northcott ColorWorks premium cotton collection.  I can hardly wait to see this new quilt design come to life!

So far I have made fantastic progress.
However, besides this cute little bird block, the remainder of what I have accomplished is only 15 zebra butts!  Just wouldn’t be right to show them, as is.

Bird block for Zebra quilt

Meanwhile, the Elephant Parade quilt along is now in it’s fourth week and going strong.  By using the #elephantparadeQAL hash tag, it is such a pleasure to see everyone’s quilting progress on Instagram and in the Flickr group!  It’s not too late to join in the fun…  The next two weeks will reveal the final block instructions for the bird and flower blocks.  Then on to sashing, borders, backing and quilting.  Looking forward to hosting the Elephant Parade linky party at the end!

Did you know Sew Sister’s Quilt Shop is having a SALE?
That’s right… Beginning tomorrow, there is a BUNDLE BONANZA going on.
And you don’t want to miss this!  I know I won’t!

This sale will going on from February 26 – 28th.
I’ll be sharing some of my favourite bundle picks tomorrow!

NOW…. Let’s PARTY!!!!
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If you are not sure what Let’s Bee Social is all about, you can read the details here.

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46 Responses

  1. Vera says:

    Oh my! What a fun design! Love it!

  2. ~Diana says:

    Oh sew cute Lorna! You have amazing designs!!!

  3. Unknown says:

    Love those zebras! They look so much fun to make 🙂

  4. These zebras are absolutely adorable, Lorna! I can't wait to see a finished one…

  5. Unknown says:

    I love your pieced animals. They are adorable. I want to make them, allthough I do not like piecing.

  6. An other beautiful design! You're such a productive lady… I've been seeing many elephants lately. I guess I'll see many zebras in the weeks following the release of your pattern. I'm looking forward to seeing your zebras. I wonder if you cut and pieced every single black line on their body…?

  7. Unknown says:

    I love your designs dear Lorna! The zebras are so cute!

  8. Tina Short says:

    I bought your Elephants pattern but have too much on at the moment so I havnt started it yet. After seeing the zebras I've had a brainstorm…..the elephants surrounded by a herd of zebra !!

  9. charlotte says:

    I have been loving the elephants on parade. The zebras are adorable. Are you using striped fabric or piecing it?

  10. Susan L. says:

    That is adorable Lorna! Can't wait to see it all made up!

  11. all of the animals that you are making look so cute – really some great kids quilts here love that quilting too

  12. Preeti says:

    You are such an animal lover – in a quilty way. Does PETA know about your work?

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    What cute little zebra's!! But I can't wait till you get around to the giraffe!! If you do I might just want to do some testing for you, LOL

  14. Unknown says:

    Oh, your zebras are adorable!! And the one little birdie…just precious!

  15. Needled Mom says:

    I love the zebras!!! Is that going to be the next SAL? I hope sew!

  16. PegP says:

    Oh my goodness Lorna, that is soooo cute!! Can't wait to see the finished product.

  17. Goodness the ZebraZ quilt is going to be lovely! 🙂

  18. Skootchover says:

    Those zebras arre awesome! How clever you are. I can't wait to see it – I would have been ok with zebra butts. 🙂

  19. It looks like you've been having fun! And I think photos of Zebra butts would be funny. You should share them. 🙂

  20. Too cute! You made me chuckle out loud with your zebra butts sentence. Animal butts and baby bums are so cute–you totally should've bared them, bahaha.

  21. Are the zebras going to be a free pattern and quilt along like the Elephant Parade?

  22. Carla says:

    Lorna! You're killing me with the cuteness! Zebras!!

  23. Lara B. says:

    Lorna, first you make me Ooh and Ahh! Then you make me snort tea out my nose! Zebra Butts, indeed! LOLWonderful new quilt!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Very clever – you have a wonderful imagination coming up with these patterns.

  25. Oh Lorna, these are so adorable – I love love love it!

  26. Jasmine says:

    I love all your animal patterns!!! You are so clever to do it without much paper piecing.

  27. Jayne says:

    OMG! I can't wait to see this one! You are getting a menagerie of animals together! How amazingly creative you are Lorna!

  28. Honestly, Lorna. I was barely able to resist the elephants. Now you've upped your game and put zebras in the mix. I don't know how much longer I can hold out!

  29. First elephants, now zebras?? Perfectly Adorable :)-Soma

  30. Ok Lorna… like really… could you come up with any more cuteness for quilts and animals? I mean, really… these are ADORABLE! I love love love these! All of your hard work is BEAUTIFUL! Too fun!

  31. When do you find the time to sleep, Lorna? Another cute and super fun design.

  32. Kris says:

    Totally cute as usual!!! so fun

  33. Alice says:

    OMG!! I NEED this pattern right now! Love, love these guys.

  34. You are so creative. The zebras are cute but they look angry LOL. Like they don't like being disturbed. :} Debbie

  35. sonalee says:

    The zebras are super cute like the elephants and frog and turtle…have been a great fan of ur blog. Let me know if you want a pattern tester for the zebra quilt…will be glad to be of assistance :)Leena (India)

  36. The zebras are a great idea Lorna! Especially these days with a lot of nurseries being decorated in modern black and white – it's hard to find designs to fit – this patter would be perfect 🙂

  37. Anonymous says:

    Love your Zebras, is it going to be the next QAL?

  38. These zebras are adorable! I was thinking of adding other animals to the elephant parade. I ruled out the zebra because I thought they would be hard to see on a white background, but these are so cute, I am rethinking that decision!

  39. The elephant parade has been a fun sew and these guys look just as cute 🙂

  40. greeneggs says:

    Cute cranky looking zebras. I've heard somewhere that zebras are quite cranky critters, unlike horses, so this seems apt.

  41. I thought the elephants were cute…and then voila….zebras. Hmm…might have to jump on the bandwagon.

  42. I am strip piecing the stripes, Charlotte. Once the strips are joined, then the body parts are cut to width from the strip set. Not as bad as you might imagine. LOL!

  43. I am strip piecing the stripes, France. Once the strips are joined, then the body parts are cut to width from the strip set.

  44. Thank you, Jasmine! But just to be clear… There is NO paper piecing involved with any of my work. I tried it once and found that method really hurts my brain. Hahaha!

  45. Too sad I missed that moment… ;))

  46. Shanna says:

    OH I have to see the Zebras! You are just sew cute!! I am enjoying watching the Elephant parade, though I had to resist partaking as I am moving. I have been printing each post in the anticipation of making it once we move in 6 weeks!