Hello and welcome to the Born to be Wild Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous Carol of Just Let Me Quilt . Today is my day to reveal my project, and I am so excited to show you what I have created.
I took my inspiration from Shabby Fabrics and their treatment of Safari Life by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda. This is the cutest line. In addition to its fabrics depicting wildlife, it has 2 panels, one for making stuffed animals and one for making a quiet book.
In my first quilt, I made a simple 4-patch pattern of 4 1/2" squares with 2 1/2" lattice strips defining each, then made a 3 1/2" border. Following Shabby Fabrics' example, I used the stuffed animals panel for embellishment.
The animals are easy to sew together and stitch to the top of the finished quilt. The ears and manes of the animals are not sewn down, the tails, however, I did sew down at the ends to keep them straight. This quilt measures approximately 40" x 50" -- perfect for kids or couch potatoes like me.
All of my grandchildren are too old for a quiet book, so I turned that panel into a little throw quilt. From the panel, I cut the pages free, then added strips of different widths of coordinating fabric between the pictures. This little quilt went together very quickly, and measures about 40" square.
If you would like to take advantage of the free pattern and tutorial at Shabby Fabrics, go to their website at https://www.shabbyfabrics.com/ and click on Free Downloads at the very bottom of the page. Scroll down until you find Double Cross Quilt Pattern.
Thank you, Carol, for hosting such a great blog hop. Where do you come up with all these ideas??? This has been such great fun!
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