regarding the fat quarter challenge

photo from carolyn by way of sew wrong.

firstly, hello to my new friends! i’ve noticed many new faces in the crowd, no doubt driven over here by oona’s crazed ramblings about unicorns and rainbows. who knew that third margarita (drank by her) would be so good to me? obviously you can see why i adore this woman.

i actually have the privilege of knowing oona fairly well, but it was my pleasure to also spend the evening getting in some quality time with trice (instead of just a quick hello and a hug) and my first time getting to meet carolyn and amity. so picture the scene: dark, loud, margaritas spilling everywhere, and of course we are all desperate for inside info on oona’s great work during the project sewn run. (sidenote – all of the participating ladies really found what i can only describe as an entirely new level of themselves for that event. my socks were just knocked off!)

this led us to oona’s description of her fat quarter plight.

from kallkatroona

how i wish i had the words to depict adequately the looks of disdain leveled at her as oona bemoaned the inability to work with fat quarters. and let me tell you something about carolyn – woman’s got a look of disdain that could level a building, probably, if she wanted to. (thank goodness for us that she uses her powers for good and not for evil!)


so there oona is, looking for sympathy WRT the fat quarter issue, and as she starts describing them my eyes lit up.

UNICORNS AND RAINBOWS?! i shout over the din of the taco joint. MINE. WANT. MUST HAVE. this is at the same time as amity is professing her love for a zombie charm pack and trice is laughing with what i can only call glee as we all turn on the befuddled oona.

well, she slurs, ice cubes everywhere, FINE. i challenge you. (at which point i ducked, obviously, because i know that oona and anything glass- or dish-related is a bad combo)

so here are the rules:
use all 9 fat quarters to make an outfit for yourself. this may include one garment or several, as long as all 9 FQs are visible and used appropriately. not allowed: accessories or children’s garments. fabrics may be supplemented with stash. due date april 30th. to be judged by oona (straight or avec cocktail is TBD) and possibly some additional guest judges.

as it happens, i sat up half the night, almost, on saturday as i came up almost immediately with a plan.  i am thinking of taking as my inspiration the 1950s-style playsuits and mini-wardrobes and just running with it like a wild woman.  or, as lauren and ginger and clare and trice might say, like a unicorn.  because WHY NOT BE A UNICORN?!

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25 Responses to regarding the fat quarter challenge

  1. maddie says:

    Ah! Yes, I heard about this challenge! I told Oona in the comments on her post, that she should totally make a bra and undie set using the unicorns. Accessory or necessity? We can ask Ruggy…

    • puu says:

      the unicorns are all mine and i am pretty sure oona would not appreciate my consulting ruggy on the matter 🙂 but i thought your idea was exellent!!

  2. poppykettle says:

    hahahaha… that lady is so funny. But you forgot cameras – she also breaks camera’s, right?
    A 50s style playsuit in those fabrics? Total win. Mash it up with one of your Chanels and you’ll be ready to walk the streets of Harajuku. Can’t wait to see it 😛

  3. oonaballoona says:



  4. sewbecause says:

    Be a unicorn Paleeese!! I can’t wait to see!

  5. Gjeometry says:

    I saw this challenge, looks pretty fun! And, uh-oh to breaking glass……I’ve done it myself. 🙂

  6. Suzanne says:

    Has Oona not seen your patchwork blouse? Obviously you are ready for this challenge! Can’t wait to see the results.

  7. Hoosiermama says:

    Cannot personally envision the possibility of clothing for grownups that involves candy-pink fabric with rainbows and unicorns, so I will be watching this space with interest, hoping to be amazed.

    • puu says:

      see, i feel like that is why i may have an advantage – i so rarely take the time to dress like a grown-up anyway 🙂
      so much so that i actually divide my work days into “days where i have grown-up meetings” and days when i can be more creative.

  8. love the playsuit idea!! this is going to be one interesting project. so fun to hang out this weekend!!

  9. Trice says:

    I love love love that I got to spend quality time with you this visit.. Thanks again for having me over. You dear, are one of the best unicorns I have met in this life time.

    I can’t wait to see what you make.

  10. Cannot wait to see what you make!

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  12. LLADYBIRD says:


  13. Seriously my look wasn’t that bad! I think it’s just cause you caught the side view since you were sitting right next to me at dinner! *LOL* I had a great time at dinner! You were the perfect dinner companion!

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