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They call him “Mister Gnome”

August 2, 2008

Ah yes, one of my favorite, original pieced designs.

Introducing “Mister Gnome”.

He is made from several of my husband’s old *cough*favorite*cough* shirts. He was the original gnome, from which the previous wee incarnations have sprung. I’ve been preparing his pattern for sale, along with “The Missus” and their offspring for my rather tumbleweed filled Etsy store.

But once I let him out to roam the virtual universe, who knows where he will invariably end up? Perhaps on a surfboard in Hawaii? On the moon?

Better yet, where would you love to see him? After the Gnome Family debuts, I’m envisioning a series of 6 (to start with) Mister Gnome’s Vacation backgrounds/themes, and would love to use your best and most inventive suggestions!

So let’s have em! For the most creative, humorous, outrageous, charming etc. suggestions that I choose to create for the series, I’ll preview the entire set to their originators, free for testing, before I let them out to roam.

Lets set the deadline for idea submissions for August 30th, 2008.

Just place a comment on this post to have your idea considered for this and future incarnations of Mister Gnome’s Vacation quilt blocks. Post as often as you like!

If several of the same idea get posted, I’ll grant credit to the first post in the queue.

And if you know anyone who would be all over a set of 6 Mister Gnome’s Vacation quilt blocks au gratis, do spread the word!

*And the winners have been announced! Check it out!*

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Heide permalink
    August 3, 2008 12:48 am

    Mr. Gnome decided to go Wwoofing. (Wwoofers are “willing workers on organic farms”, usually students travelling across the world, working in exchange for room and board). One of his favourite jobs is to collect the eggs from the nesting boxes, and he likes talking with the chickens and ducks.

  2. Heide permalink
    August 3, 2008 12:50 am

    Mr. Gnome went to the tropical rain forest. A monkey found him and is playing with him high up in the tree canopy, among the vines and ferns and orchids. How is he ever going to get home!

  3. Heide permalink
    August 3, 2008 12:54 am

    Well, a big parakeet snatched him away from the monkey and dropped him by the seashore. There Mr. Gnome made himself a raft and is sailing down the coast, surrounded by colourful tropical fish. Now that’s the life.

  4. August 3, 2008 6:34 am

    Oh Heide these are fantastic ideas! I can just see him dangling from the monkey’s tail..

  5. August 4, 2008 7:07 pm

    Very nice blog! Keep up the good work.

  6. August 4, 2008 8:27 pm

    I believe he decided to go on a road trip across America to all the National Parks. His first destination is the Everglades where he almost got eaten by an alligator. Luckily, he escapes in a hot-air balloon and makes his way up to the Smokey Mountains. There he makes friends with some smoky bears and eats marshmallows around the campfire.

    Later he begins his trek up to Washington, D.C. and has his picture taken in front of the National Monument and the White House. He starts the long trek across the plains in a covered wagon because he aspires to be a modern day pioneer.
    He visits the Grand Canyon and rides a donkey down to the bottom of the canyon almost falling off a couple of times!
    He goes North and visits the 4 corners area to see if he can be in 4 states all at the same time and makes his way up to the Rocky Mountains where he feeds elk and deer. He decides to go rafting down the Colorado River and admires the high canyon walls surrounding him. He likes it so much he stays and goes skiing down the highest mountains surrounded by blue sky and giant spruce trees.
    He is beginning to get exhausted but since he is so close, he hikes on up to Yellowstone National Park and admires Old Faithful and the buffalo roaming wild in the park. He tries to ride a buffalo, but that doesn’t work very well at all!

  7. August 5, 2008 1:51 am

    Oh man Audrey I love it! You have a great imagination, there are just so many possibilities…

  8. craftyland permalink
    August 5, 2008 3:28 am

    That is adorable. I hate snails and I have to say those are the most darling snails I’ve ever seen. =) Beautiful colors and piecing!

  9. August 6, 2008 12:05 am

    I love your paper piecing – you create the most wonderful lines and shapes – definitely something I want to try! Inspiring!

  10. ubermensch permalink
    August 7, 2008 1:30 pm

    Have him travel to the moon! Awesome character with oodles of potential.

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  12. bethie permalink
    August 12, 2008 7:31 pm

    Mr. Gnome goes to London to have some proper tea and toast and he happens upon a gift shop and is happy to see all the gnome-y knick knacks. His long lost family found at last! Inside every gnome-y knick knack is a gnome waiting to get out, similar to the princess kissing the frog and the frog turning into a prince….. So Mr. Gnome goes searching London for a proper magician (hmm, perhaps Jonathan Strange or Mr. Norrell are avaialble?!?!?!?) to get his family back.

  13. August 14, 2008 2:55 am

    Drat … I was going to say Stonehenge! Even though I won’t get credit for it, you should TOTALLY do Stonehenge. OK, here are my ideas:
    – the lost city of Atlantis.
    – the Great Wall of China.
    – the Batcave.
    – a pumpkin patch.
    – a mushroom village (a la the Smurfs).
    – to visit the Sphynx and the great pyramids of Egypt.
    – a little boy’s treehouse.
    – Antarctica.
    – Heaven.
    – Hell.

    More will come to me, I am sure.

  14. August 14, 2008 3:40 pm

    WOW!! These are fantastic ideas everyone!! I’m already having a hard time sticking to only 6 ideas for this go. I’m so impressed, I would never have thought of half of these places!

  15. bookwormbethie permalink
    August 14, 2008 6:30 pm

    who doesn’t love a gnome? p.s. thanks for the e-mail artisania!


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