("Crater" sounds like something you might know you're in, but Ngorongoro Crater, being 161.557 square miles, is so big that except for the moment when you're on the lip about to drive down, you don't really feel like you're in a crater.)
SIZING & PRINTING
I buy and download the zebra pattern from Tartankiwi Designs. It is drafted at 20" square, but I want it to be 10.5" square; I know if I print it at 50% it'll be 10", so I need to print it a little bigger than 50%. Here's the math I did:
original size * decimal version of percent = new size
20 * 0.50 = 10
20 * 0.51 = 10.2
20 * 0.52 = 10.4
20 * 0.53 = 10.6
I just sit there with my phone's calculator, adding 1% at a time until I get the number I want! Then, in the pdf, I open the print dialog box and tell it to print as a poster, at 53%. 10.6 is a wee bit big, but I can trim it to fit.
(If I'm explaining it badly, this blog post might do a better job of leading you through the technical stuff!)
COLORS & SEWING
A common feature of Tartankiwi Designs, the work of Juliet van der Heijden, is a background composed of triangle shapes. Considering how bright the West African wax prints are which will border this block, I choose pale browns to give the eye a place to rest. I'm also at least partially motivated by a desire to ration my blues for the upcoming flamingo FPP, which is standing in water! Perhaps the zebra block will look a little dull on its own, but I hope it will harmonize in situ!
I have to pay attention as I sew (the Black and White sections of each pattern are marked with B's and W's), but it's not the kind of attention I enjoy paying; without meaningful color choices to make, I find the process a bit dull, and take three nights to do it instead of rushing through in one session!
2/4/2023 02:33:43 pm
I think he looks quite fetching, and I like how you paired him with a warm brown background, which contrast to his cool B&W coloring.
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