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!
Look who else is Born to be Wild:
Such cute fabrics, that I have like for a while. Your quilt is really cute.ReplyDelete
Both of your quilts are very cute! I especially like the quiet book turned into a quilt--I had not thought of doing that--great idea! It's wonderful that shops share their patterns to help us out. Thanks for sharing your projects!ReplyDelete
Love your quilts, they are full of creative thinking, and sweet to view. Thanks for allowing us to visit.ReplyDelete
You did a fabulous job using those panels and fabric book. The fabrics are perfect for both. I always make a quilt from the fabric book panels. I feel like they will last longer and be more enjoyable through the years.ReplyDelete
Adorable quilt! What a great idea turning the book into a quilt.ReplyDelete
Absolutely adorable quilts! I love the way you appliqued the animals on the first one.ReplyDelete
Putting the animals on the quilt like appliques was a great idea. I too have used book panels as a quilt instead of making the book, why not!ReplyDelete
Wonderful quilt! I usually stay away from panels but what you did here is a great alternative and works amazing. Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Sew cute! I have a Safari Life layer cake but never thought of using the animal panel for applique. Good idea. Thanks for sharing where to find the free pattern ... :) PatReplyDelete
Those are great fabrics! What a sweet quilt and I love the animals appliqued on top. When I first was dating my husband he wore a Mickey Mouse tee shirt that was an applique on the front and the back that was really one of those panels that you cut and sew into a stuffed doll. But he bought it somewhere and the woman had appliqued Mickey's front on the front and the back on the back of the shirt. So I found other Disney character panels and made some more tee shirts for him. Love your quilts!ReplyDelete
Those fabrics are just the cutest and I love how you used them in the quilts. Appliqueing the animals on top was a great idea and made them so dimensional. You totally rocked your "wild" side with these! Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Wow I have several quiet books in my UFO and to do piles and turning them into a quilt never crossed my mind. Love what you did with both of your projects. I'm gonna have to be a copy cat sometime in the very near future. Thanks.ReplyDelete
The applique animals are wonderful, this would be loved by anyone at any age.ReplyDelete
What an adorable quilt. I just love Stacy's fabric lines. She has such a great imagination. You pulled it together very nicely!! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Both quilts are wonderful. The addition of the animals are perfect and add so much 'punch' to the quilts. Great job.ReplyDelete
how fun and pretty your quilts are. thanks for sharing and inspiring.ReplyDelete
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Adorable quilt - thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
They look great well done thinking outside the box or bookReplyDelete
That is an adorable quilt and will be well loved.ReplyDelete
Love your quilt with the wonderful applique!! SEW cute!ReplyDelete
What a great use of fabric. I really like the way it looks, and could see so many uses for that quilt.ReplyDelete
Your quilts are super fun and super cute!ReplyDelete
Two great projects for baby quilts!ReplyDelete
My heart went pitty pat when I saw the first photo of the fabrics...but wow, it went off the charts when I saw what you did with them. I love love love both of your quilts!!!!!ReplyDelete
Love your Born to be Wild quilt. Thank you sew much for hopping.ReplyDelete
Wonderful quilts, as usual. Your quilts are always so much fun!ReplyDelete
I love this fabric line! Haven't seen it in the shops, but I don't get out much (except to go to work). Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts.ReplyDelete
Great fabric line, and love your projects.ReplyDelete
What a clever idea to use the stuffed animal panels as applique! Love it!ReplyDelete
aww that's really cuteReplyDelete
Such a brilliant idea for the book panel quilt and I adore the Parade of One quilt. Thank you for sharingReplyDelete
So cute, I love this fabric and your finish.ReplyDelete
Brilliant use of those pillow and book panels, Charlene!! Thanks for sharing with the Hop. Your technique will be SEW useful as I dig through my panel stash!ReplyDelete
Very cute fabric and quilt! xxReplyDelete