Jackalopes!

Do you think quilting could be considered a do over project? I might be stretching it a bit but I just had to share with you a makeover of some fabric I had! I belong to a creative arts quilting group and a few months ago a challenge was set forth to make two 10 ½ inch quilt squares depicting the Antelope Valley where we live. If you know anything about the high desert it has a lot of expansive space with a lot of nothing  Suggestions given were poppies representing the California poppy fields, anything aerospace – I think that is our most important industry here, and of course, Joshua trees. Well, there definitely is beauty in the high desert and all the suggestions were good, but I felt like there had to be something else that would represent this valley in a fun, unique way. I explained the challenge to my husband who has lived here over thirty-five years. He told me that he remembers post cards of the AV with pictures of jackalopes! Jackalpes, you say?! Well, we certainly have plenty of jackrabbits and the area is called the Antelope Valley for a reason, jack – a – lope! Why not? A jackrabbit with antelope antlers!
Do you know how difficult it is to find a print with jackalopes on cotton material? As I searched the web, I did find a few but the colors were all wrong. I found one print but it was over $10 for just a fat quarter – really expensive for fabric. Here comes the do over part. I happen to have a stash of material that comes in handy for these type of emergencies!! In fact for my birthday last summer I received several beautiful fabrics in one yard quantities. I found a perfect rabbit in one fabric so I ironed on some fusible webbing and cut out a few rabbits.jackalope

 

Then I looked through my ribbon drawer and came across a metallic ribbon that had a zig zag edge. I cut off the zig zag and voila, perfect for the antlers I needed to turn my rabbit into a jackalope. jackalope1

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