YES, YES, YES!!!
I'm not even going to give a big lavish intro. I'm just going to bomb you with some pics.
Meet Biggie Smalls, the giant squid commission I've been slowly working on for. . .well. . .ever.
It wasn't that he was that hard to make, it was more the buyer was paying in installments (fine with me) so I didn't feel that pressured to whip him out all in one go. Though I could if need be. This pattern is really simple, the size being the only real challenge.
I'm so excited about the eyes of all things. Originally I was going to make fabric ones (perhaps with some embroidery) like I had with the other two (smaller) squid I had made. Then the buyer mentioned wanting button eyes which (true confession) did have me scowling a bit. "I don't have the right buttons for that," I griped. BUT. . .hah, I DID have them. All squirreled away in my stash was a pair of fabric covered shank buttons I scored from a thrift store.
OH freaking yeah!
They definitely give Biggie Smalls a very cute/sweet look versus the more realistic/freaky look of my other squid.
The fabrics I selected turned out to be good choices. I was worried about the yellow. Would it be "too yellow"? It wasn't. It's just the right shade and the polka dots are nice and subtle.
And we all know I adore the fabric I used on the undersides of the tentacles (and belly area).
I've already cut up the scrappy scraps (those weird shaped scraps you get after you cut out a pattern piece) into some 2.5 inch squares (for my scrappy quilt) and a few 5 inch charms (not sure what for but it seemed a good way to use up the larger scraps). It will be so fun to see those little patches in my finished scrappy quilt and remember when I made Biggie Smalls.
Since I had Biggie outside for his photoshoot, I had to bring out the other two squids for size comparison reasons (and to get some nicer pics of Clyde).
Looks like Violetta is smitten!
(she likes big guys!)
Don't worry, Clyde. Violetta is loyal to you and only you. (hey, a gal can flirt, can't she?!)
I'm SO happy to have this big project done and to have it come out so well. Now here's hoping the buyer is as happy. (and they don't swallow their tongue when I give them the shipping costs--yeah, it's going to be a big box which means expensive!).
Happy little squid family!
Edited to add:
You can get the pattern (it's measurements to make the pattern yourself) and a tutorial HERE.