Jungle baby quilt reveal!
It was the morning of my sister’s baby shower, and I showed up at my sister’s house with a cardboard gift box. Instead of giving her the present, I locked myself in the nursery rearranged the room, much to the chagrin of her uber-friendly beagle, and staged a photo shoot with the jungle baby quilt I’ve been working on for her son.
Nobody really finds my behavior weird anymore. They get that I am completely obsessed with quilting.
I think my family was surprised that I actually finished the quilt before the baby arrived. I put the final stitches in the quilt at 1 a.m. two nights before the shower, so I cut it close as usual.
The quilt was inspired by jungle graphics she ordered on Etsy for the nursery. I took the original graphics, blew them up and arranged them in a formation that would work for a quilt.
The lion was the centerpiece of the quilt and arguable the cutest animal of the bunch. This was the first time what I saw in my head translated into the quilting when I worked on the longarm. I was very pleased with how the echo quilting added texture to the mane.
For the giraffe I used a small meander for the body and swirls within the spots. I thought the circles helped to accentuate the shape of the spots.
The elephant gave me some trouble during the quilting. I had hoped to the head using waves, to make it look wrinkly like an elephant. But the fabric was moving and bunching, so I had to rip it out and use a large meander instead.
I worked on the binding during a quilt getaway my Guild sponsored. There I got the best compliment I’ve ever received on a quilt. A fellow Guild member asked who quilted it. I think that means all my practice at Quilting By You is starting to pay off. Plus my sister loved it, and that’s all that matters.
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