Tuesday, March 25, 2014

sunset stag {in stripes and plaid}


Meet Sunset Stag, my latest adventure in paper-piecing.  This time, rather than opting for yet another tiny endeavor, I was thinking BIG when I offered to pattern-test this three-foot, four-legged friend for Violet Craft.


Truth be told I've had a stack of fiery sunset hues set aside ever since my nephew was born on a snowstorm-y day in January.  I considered several other concepts between now and then, but none of them felt right.  So I pressed pause and attended to a project with a different kind of radiance while waiting for inspiration to strike.

The alphabet starbursts sprinkled across the dusky sky may or may not spell out his initials and nickname ;)

Before I knew it, Violet's #forestabstractions patterns over on IG had planted a lasting (and promising) seed.  (My in-laws are all kinds of animal lovers, so this was truly perfect for their latest addition.)

Disappearing (red) stripes:  now you see 'em, now you don't! #themagicofoakshott

For anyone intimidated by the size, the large scale piecing was incredibly straightforward (...once I had assembled the 20-page printout, that is).  But Violet has assured us that the finalized pattern won't be nearly as cumbersome ;o)  


In the meantime, if you're interested in scaling up something of your own and don't mind a little extra prep work, did you know you can print super-sized versions of regular patterns just by using the "Poster" option on the print menu?

Here's how:  After selecting the "Poster" button, enter the magnification percentage into the "Tile Size" field (for instance, for a 12" pattern, 200% will yield a 24" block, while 300% will yield a 36" block).  Then, get out your scotch tape (speaking from experience, gluesticks and clear packing tape are no friends of any sewing machine needles *I* know); trim, line up, and join the printouts; cut the (giant) pattern into its respective sections; and proceed with piecing as normal.

I think you'll be surprised by how quickly an intricate top comes together.  This one just needs a border or two (or three?), then it's off to a new life on the farm :)

33 comments:

  1. So beautiful!!! I love the prints you snuck in there along with the patterned oakshotts. :) And of course the alphabet stars, which are genius! I'm really glad you didn't use that as the background, I think it would have been somewhat distracting from the gorgeous stag!

    In other news, apparently I'm feelin' the same currents you are, as I'm also working through the yellow/orange/red oakshotts on my current project. :)

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  2. Ah, he's awesome! I totally want to go make a giant paper piece pattern now.

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  3. I'm in love!!! I'm also wishing I had a bigger budget to buy all of these lovely oakshotts....

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  4. He is majestic. You have done an amazing job...though that is what I have come to expect...

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  5. Great idea scaling him up - he look very majestic and perfect to look over a new bub :)

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  6. I like the color sharing you've done with the lighter head and darker as it goes down. Has a lovely glow.

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  7. This is seriously incredible Sarah - I'm looking forward to seeing how you'll quilt it :o)

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  8. LOVE! That's all I can say. Oh, that plus I want to do this quilt and copy you as much as I can. Ahem. :D Great job!

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  9. I don't have words. This is amazing! Thank you for the tip on scaling up patterns - I will definitely be using that soon.

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  10. Absolutely stunning. I had no idea paper piecing could be done on such a large scale. This is a work of art.

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  11. This is incredible!! Thanks for the scaling up option. Is that for standard Adobe Reader?

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  12. Ohhhhh I cannot tell you how much I love this and need one in my life!

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  13. This is great. I've been intimidated to try paper piecing, because I always seem to have issues with fiddly little pieces. Something like this might be the perfect solution.

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  14. He's gorgeous - love the colours!

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  15. Hi Sarah! This is fantastic! I still like my roaring deer from the Forest Qal so I would love to make this, too! Beautiful colours! x Teje
    PS. thank you for the tips!

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  16. He is just stunning. I really love the shot against the window, it looks like stained glass.

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  17. Wow, what a gorgeous pattern! I am in love with the colours you used!

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  18. Absolutely amazing! It is just stunning.

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  19. This is amazing! I love the colors and the buck is spectacular!

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  20. Your work is so inspiring. Brilliant idea to print in Poster mode. Congratulations on following through and creating this beautiful quilt. What's next?

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  21. What a wonderful creature! This is amazing :)

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  22. This is fabulous! I love the bright colors, and the text stars are perfect. Nice job!

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  23. This is one of the coolest quilts I've ever seen. Beautiful!

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  24. Love this idea. These stars are a nice touch. How fun that you used a text print for them. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  25. I would love to get this pattern from you for my husband. is that possible? I want to surprise him for our 22nd anniversary. I just made him a quilt using all these colors and have enough scraps to do it!

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