Modern Jungle Quilt is Finished

Last night I was up in my sewing room sewing the binding on the jungle quilt. Lighting was flashing, thunder was crashing and I was dashing towards quilt completion. The storm blew itself out just as I took my final stitches. I had calm skies and the thought that the modern jungle quilt is finished to put me to sleep.

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I used a caramel colored quilting thread which showed up just enough to make it dramatic on the front. I did swirls and circles on the blocks. To me it was a mixture of the circle of life and the veritable bulls eye these wild creatures have on them for “big game” hunters. And poachers. jun q fin re 2

On the turquoise borders, I made rectangles of various sizes. This was to echo the blocks which were also rectangles of varying sizes. This kind of geometric free hand quilting is easier to do than the circles.

I spread the quilting out over 3 days. I had wanted to do it over 2 days and avoid the late night binding but that didn’t happen. I took a day to go to the pool with my daughter and granddaughters, it was worth a late night of binding.

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For me personally, one of the happiest moment in making a quilt is when it is all quilted and trimmed. I always take a day or two to savor all the work that is done. The binding is like an endurance chore. I get it done because I want to have the quilt finished but I don’t relish the task.jungle quilt cropped re and marked

Here is the proof that modern jungle quilt is finished. Sigh of contentment! I bound it in black to tie in with the black framing on some of the blocks.

I am excited to bring this quilt and the modern crazy quilt bib to guild tonight. I will come home and wash it so I can give it to Henry tomorrow. Zara has her African quilt already and she knows that Henry gets this one. I don’t want quilts to cause any sibling rivalry.

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The back is this animal print I purchased at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. I love it and I realize it is not modern. It took up nearly every bit of the 4 yards I had procured.

I seamed it up the back without any other fabric. I think the fabric is dynamic enough all on its own. It says ROAR better than I do after a late night.

Perhaps a nap would be in order?

Sew happy!

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